Key details

86 St Olaf Street, Lerwick, ZE1 0ES
5 / 6 bedrooms • 3 reception rooms • sun room • breakfasting kitchen • family bathroom, 3 shower rooms (2 with dressing room & en-suite) & separate WC • utility room • garage / workshop & run of outbuildings
Offers over £550,000
By arrangement.

  • receptions3 Reception Rooms
  • bedrooms6 Bedrooms
  • bathrooms4 Bathrooms + WC
  • Council Tax Band: F
  • Energy Efficiency: D (60)


Presented in immaculate order throughout and set in a highly desirable, central Lerwick location overlooking the play park and Lerwick’s Up Helly Aa galley burning site, 86 St Olaf Street is a stunning, very spacious, traditional detached property with up to six bedrooms, set in a large, well-tended garden with a garage / workshop and a run of outbuildings.

The property dates from the early 1900’s, but has been substantially refurbished in recent years including new insulation, new double glazed windows in keeping with the traditional appearance of the house, and District Heating. In addition to the six bedrooms, one presently used as an office, the particularly light and airy accommodation also includes a sittingroom and separate dining room both with working open fires set in impressive original fireplaces, a music room, a lovely, very contemporary breakfasting kitchen, a family bathroom with roll top bath and separate shower, three further shower rooms (two en-suite), two dressing rooms, a utility room, and a large sun room.

For a property right in the centre of town, the house has an unusually large amount of outside space, and plenty of off-street parking.

This is an exceptional property offering a rare opportunity to acquire a family home in this sought-after, very convenient location just a short walk from shops, restaurants and the cinema – viewing essential.


The front porch provides the main entrance to the house, the space having lots of natural lights thanks to two tall west-facing windows to the front of the house facing west, and also retaining the striking original decorative tiled floor and leaded glazing to the inner door and side light to the hall. A sturdy timber rack provides space for coats.

The inner door opens to an impressive hall with again with original features, the space being flooded with natural light, the floor being laid with engineered wood flooring which extends into the two reception rooms to the left. To the right is the third reception room, a dining room, ahead is the carpeted stair to the first floor, the built-in shelved cupboard below providing space for linens etc. At the rear a further door opens to a hallway leading to an office (or 6th bedroom), a toilet, and back door.

The sittingroom is a well-proportioned room with a large bay window to the west and a stunning fireplace which houses a working open fire providing a cosy alternative heat source to the central heating. Again original features remain including detailing to the archway through to the music room to the rear which can also be accessed directly from the hall.

To hallway to the rear is attractively finished with painted timber paneling to the lower half of the walls, a built-in bench with coat hooks above providing a ‘boot room’ space for removing wellies etc. with storage below the seat. Off the hallway is an office with window to the rear of the house, which could alternatively be used as a 6th bedroom, plus a handy additional toilet with WC and wash hand basin set in a fitted unit with storage below and also concealing the cistern. The flooring throughout the whole of this area is wood laminate.

Back off the hall is the dining room, another generously proportioned room, again with lots of natural light thanks to its triple window facing west. Again the fireplace surround houses a working open fire. Wood laminate flooring. An archway at the rear of the dining room opens into the breakfasting kitchen laid with matching flooring, all together a very sociable space, great for entertaining, whilst a door in the other corner leads to the sunroom.

The kitchen was beautifully re-fitted about three years ago with units in a striking contemporary grey colour being set off by solid woodblock worktops. The well-thought out layout has a breakfast bar peninsula unit to the left housing a ‘Neff’ induction hob with stainless steel & glass cooker hood over, with ‘Neff’ slide & hide double ovens neatly houses in a recess behind. To the right leading through to the utility room, is a further galley style arrangement of units, the units to the left housing an inset white ceramic double bowl ‘Belfast’ style sink below a large window which looks out over the garden, with open display shelving with integral lighting over, plus a further run of units including glazed wall cabinets with glass shelves and integral spotlighting, to the wall behind. A solid-fuel stove set on a slate hearth provides another heat source although again there is a stylish contemporary wall-mounted radiator.

Off the kitchen is a huge utility room with another door to the back garden, and a large window looking into the sun room. Fitted wall and floor units provide extensive storage space and include a wine chill, sink with a double drainer, plumbing for a dishwasher which will be included in the sale, and space for a washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge / freezer (appliances not included). A fixed rail above the central heating radiator provides a handy drying facility and the flooring is wood laminate.

The very spacious sunroom to the side of the house has power and lighting and even a central heating radiator. The front part faces south and west and has access from the front garden. A run of units to the rear provide lots of easily accessible storage and can be left if required?

Back off the hall the sweeping stair which retains the original wooden handrail, leads up to the first floor landing, a large wall mirror to the half-landing enhancing the light and airy feel to the property, as do the two windows to the landing. Off the landing are three generously proportioned double bedrooms, all carpeted, and a family bathroom. The main bedroom is to the left, again a room with lots of light thanks to its triple window to the west which looks over to the Up Helly Aa burning site. The fitted wardrobes to each side of the bed space will remain. At the rear is a dual-aspect dressing room with laminate flooring, and a well-appointed en-suite finished with large ceramic tiles to two walls and compromising a shower plus a contemporary style white WC and wash hand basin.

Bedroom two is another very spacious double room with a west-facing bay window again enjoying the view, whilst bedroom three is a good-sized double room to the side of the house. This room also has its own dressing area which looks out over the back garden and has vinyl flooring, and an en-suite with corner shower plus a white WC and wash hand basin.

Finally the family bathroom is a fabulous room featuring a freestanding roll top bath, the original stair window behind retained as an interesting feature, plus a corner shower and ‘period’ style WC and wash hand basin. The large wall-hung bathroom cabinet will remain.

Continuing on up to the second floor, the landing has a sweet little window facing west, doors leading to two further double bedrooms and a shower room. Both bedrooms are carpeted and benefit from ample light with windows to the front and rear, the bay windows to the rear providing pleasant places to sit particularly in the morning sun. Both bedrooms have access to storage space in the eaves, the room to the right also has a useful built-in cupboard. Finally there is another shower room with ‘metro’ style tiled shower enclosure plus a white WC and wash hand basin again set in a fitted vanity unit with storage and concealed cistern. Vinyl flooring.

Rooms Sizes (All approximate)

On the Ground Floor:-


4.8m x 4.15m (15’9” x 13’6”)

Music Room

3.95m x 2.95m (13’ x 9’9”)

Dining Room

4.8m x 4.6m (15’10" x 15’)


6.8m x 2.25m extending to 3.35m at widest points (22’3” x 7’6” / 11')

Office / Bedroom 6

3m x 2.25m (9’9” x 7’6”)


1.4m x 1.3m (4’6” x 4’3”)

Utility Room

4.35m x 3.65m (14’3” x 12’)

Sun Room

8.45m x 3m extending to 3.65m at widest point (27’9” x 9’10” / 12')

On the First Floor:-

Bedroom 1

4.7m x 4.45m (15’4” x 14’8”)

Dressing Room

3.05m x 2.3m (10’ x 7’8”)

En-Suite Shower Room

2.25m x 1.65m (7’5” x 5’4”)

Bedroom 2

4.85m x 3.5m (15’10” x 11’6”)

Bedroom 3

4.45m x 3.6m (14’7” x 11’9”)

Dressing Room

2.85m x 2.3m (9’3” x 7’6”)

En-Suite Shower Room

2.2m x 1m (7’3” x 3’4”)

Family Bathroom

3.35m x 2.2m (11’ x 7’2”)

On the Second Floor:-

Bedroom 4

4.25m x 2.75m (floor area) (13’11” x 9’)

Bedroom 5

6m x 2.15m extending to 2.7m at widest point (floor area) (19’9” x 7'2” / 8'10")

Shower Room

2.4m x 1.65m (floor area) (7’10” x 5’5”)

General Information

The property is full double glazed (with the exception of the front porch), all the windows having been replaced in recent times the new units being in a similar style to the originals in keeping with the Conservation Area location. Central heating is provided by the Lerwick District Heating system which supplies radiators throughout the house, those on the ground floor generally being modern ‘period style’ fittings, the heating being supplemented by two working open fires plus a stove in the kitchen. The District Heating also provides ‘on demand’ instantaneous hot water.

The house has been fitted with Cat 6 network cabling with connections to all the main rooms providing easily accessible fast broadband throughout the house.

The property is being sold with all carpets and other fixed floor coverings, curtains & blinds, and light fittings included.


The property sits in a very large garden considering its very central location, access being via both pedestrian and vehicular gates from the street each flanked by stone gate piers, the driveway down the side of the house providing and the paved area in front of the house providing, unusually for this location, off-street parking for four or five cars. Enclosed by a low wall with original cast iron railing to the street, behind a well-established hedge, the front garden has lawns flanked by well-stocked flower beds, either side of a path and steps to a stone-flagged paved area leading to the porch and sun room, the seating area outside the dining room window providing a great outdoor entertainment space particularly in the evening as it faces west and is set back from the street and screened by established planting.

Around the side of the house, a gate secures the access to the back garden making it dog friendly. Here there is a huge amount of space including a large garage / workshop (approx. 7m x 6.2m (23’2” x 20’4”) with 3.2m wide roller shutter garage door with electric remote control, the size of the garage providing space for a couple of cars whilst still leaving plenty of work / storage room. It has a separate side entrance, fitted work bench and shelving, power & lighting, and a cold water tap.

Immediately behind the house is a large lawn dissected by a path leading to an additional garden area at the back of the site would provide plenty space for a greenhouse, perhaps a polytunnel, if required. On the other side of the lawn from the garage is a run of outbuildings. These are subdivided into three spaces; a wood shed (approx. 2.2m x 2.1m (7’6” x 6’10”)), a potting shed (approx. 3.45m x 2.1m (11’5” x 6’10”)), and finally a further shed (approx. 4.75m x 2m ( 15’6” x 6’6”), used as a den, all with power. A boiler house (approx. 2.35m x 1.5m (7’9” x 5’) houses the District Heating unit and also has a sink with hot & cold running water.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band F. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation. Details of Council Tax rates can be found on Shetland Island Council’s website at:

Property location

No.86 is situated in the Lerwick Conservation Area on the east side of St Olaf Street between the junctions with Harbour Street to the north and King Erik Street to the south, No.86 being the third house in from the St Olaf Street end, opposite the galley burning site and a children’s play park.


Important Information for Prospective Purchasers

This schedule is intended only to help you decide whether to view the property. We always recommend you view the property personally.

The information is believed to be correct, but it is not warranted and is not to form part of any contract of sale. All dates, distances, areas and room sizes noted are approximate and for use as a general guide only. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves as to the working condition or otherwise of any equipment such as central heating or kitchen appliances.

This schedule should not be taken as a comment on the condition of the property. This is a matter for your surveyor and we recommend that once you have found a property you are interested in, you obtain a survey report. We can provide details of surveyors if required.

Interested parties are advised to note their interest through their solicitor as soon as possible so that they can be informed if a closing date is fixed. Noting interest does not place any obligation on the seller to set a closing date or to give any noted interests the opportunity to offer. Whilst every effort will be made to advise noted interests of any closing date set, this cannot be guaranteed.

No responsibility will be accepted for expenses incurred by parties who have noted interest but do not get an opportunity to offer, or for any expenses incurred traveling to properties which have been sold or withdrawn.

Personally I was absolutely delighted with how it was handled from start to finish. Also, As a couple, Beth and myself were hugely impressed with the professionalism, attention to detail and speed your team delivered to us selling both property and buying another.
David Simpson
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