Key details

Armeria, Islesburgh, Sullom, ZE2 9RE
Under offer
By arrangement.

  • receptions 1 Reception Room
  • bedrooms 2 Bedrooms
  • bathrooms 1 Bathroom
  • Council Tax Band: C


Unique opportunity to acquire a stunning 1¾ acre area of land (Click here to see a plan of the site) including a detached house, lovely established garden which once featured on the ‘Beechgrove Garden’ TV series, a ¾ acre mature woodland, two potential house sites plus several outbuildings, all conveniently situated within easy reach of amenities in nearby Brae less than two miles to the south.

The house which was built in the early 1970’s, has not been lived in for a number of years but has the potential to provide a detached family home with up to four bedrooms in this fantastic setting with the benefit of lots of outdoor space.

Next to the house is a shed / garage, potting shed & hen house.

The field behind the house has the potential to provide a couple of house sites subject to consents. Consideration may be given to selling the sites separately.

Viewing essential.

General Information

Armeria is situated in the North Mainland area of Shetland about 1½ miles from the centre of the nearby village of Brae, the main population centre in the North Mainland area and where the area’s main amenities are situated these including the High School providing nursery, primary & secondary education to year 6, a superb leisure centre & swimming pool, health centre, Co-op mini supermarket plus several other local shops, a garage (with fuel), fish & chip shop, hotel & bar.

The location is also ideal for access to oil and other related industries at Sullom Voe terminal and the gas plant. A regular bus service runs throughout the day from Brae to Lerwick about 23 miles to the south.

The House

The house, which is of cavity blockwork construction below a ‘Decra’ tiled roof, has an internal ground floor area of around 87m². It has electricity and mains water. Drainage will be to one of two new septic tanks although the final connection has yet to be made. The house is not presentably habitable and requires complete refurbishment.

Entry is presently via a porch leading to a hall with a dual-aspect living room on the left, then the kitchen, again dual-aspect, behind, a shower room and two ground floor bedrooms, one north-facing, the other facing east.

From the hall a stair leads to the undeveloped first floor which has a floor area of approximately 11.35m long x 3.8m wide (37’ x 12’6) with a floor-to-ceiling height beneath the joists of 2.25m (7’6”) and gable windows at either end. The space could potentially provide two further bedrooms and a shower room although this would be subject to the necessary consents and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.

The property is being sold in its current condition and no warranties will be given in respect of any services or contents. Due to the condition of the property a home report is not required.


The grounds are estimated to extend to around 1¾ acres or thereby as shown on the plan, access being over a tarred road upgraded in recent years to meet modern standards (the cattle grid has also been replaced), which leads to a substantial parking area in front of the house. A slip to the right just before the house, would provide the access to the potential house sites.

The site was specifically chosen in the early 1970’s by renowned Shetland gardener Johnny Copland, author of ‘Hardy plants in the north‘, as the ideal spot to create a successful garden due to its orientation, layout and shelter. He set about creating the delightful mature garden, very much a rarity in Shetland, which surrounds the house and has been lovingly tendered by his family ever since, the garden featuring in the BBC’s ‘Beechgrove Garden’ television series, this including a substantial vegetable plot. The result is a beautiful outdoor space enjoying a south and westerly aspect, glorious on a sunny summer’s day, the whole garden being well-stocked with a huge variety of trees, shrubs and plants attractively laid out around a series of smaller enclosures all set against the stunning backdrop of the Hill of ‘Hurda Field’ to the east.

There are several outbuildings by the house including a garage / shed (approximately 6.9m x 3.4m (22’8 x 11’2)) with garage doors at one end, and separate side door, a separate potting shed (approximately 2.2m x 1.6m (7’2 x 5’3)) and small hen house.

Opposite the house to the left of the drive, is a ¾ acre woodland area which was properly laid out at the start with drainage channels and paths (although these would now require a little cutting back) and now full of a variety of mature trees including sitka spruce, sycamores, willows, whitebeams and a rowan, again a quite unusual outdoor environment for Shetland.

The site also includes the large field to the west (rear) of the house which is thought to be of sufficient size to potentially accommodate two house sites although again this would be subject to the usual consents required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard. A house site on the north side of the field has the potential for stunning views of Mangaster Voe.

Note some preparatory works have been carried out in anticipation of house refurbishment and housing site development, notably improvements to the access road. Also, two relatively new 4,000 litre septic tanks have been installed but not yet connected. One septic tank is intended for the existing house and the other, subject to consents / approvals, is intended for the potential house sites.

Finally the grounds also include the lawned area immediately to the right of the potential site access (the exact boundary will be pointed out at time of viewing).

The size of the site means there is scope for erecting a polytunnel and growing your own etc.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band C. 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

To reach the property drive north through Brae on the main A970 road, continuing past Mavis Grind (where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea). Just after the junction left to Islesburgh and the junction right to Sullom, is a compliant main road junction and bitmac surfaced access road on the left which leads to the house, the track veering off to the left to two houses, the second house at the end being Armeria.


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.

We have availed ourselves of services provided by Harper Macleod of Lerwick, both in buying and selling residential property. Our needs on both these occasions were fully met and the service provided by them made our task in these circumstances, seemingly without effort.

Prior to this we had also received very helpful general advice pertaining to Shetland real estate from them. This was a tremendous benefit to us at the time.

If you are seeking cost effective, excellent real estate marketing and legal services, we would not hesitate in recommending Harper Macleod of Lerwick.
David & Jan Elliot
Request Viewing
Armeria, Islesburgh, Sullom, ZE2 9RE

Please telephone the sellers direct on 01806 522 394 or 07787 318 272.