Key details

Bellevue, Lower Voe, ZE2 9PX
3 bedrooms, one with dressing room off • 2 reception rooms • kitchen & scullery • bathroom, shower room & separate WC • double garage & peat shed
Under offer
By arrangement.
Closing date
12:00pm Friday 12th November

  • receptions 2 Reception Rooms
  • bedrooms 3 Bedrooms
  • bathrooms 2 Bathrooms + WC
  • Council Tax Band: D
  • Energy Efficiency: E (40)


Occupying a fantastic elevated position just above the shore at the head of the Voe of Olna Firth, a picturesque and scenic location surrounded by mature trees and enjoying fine views along the voe, ‘Bellevue’ is an historic stone-built detached house set in around 2 acres of mature grounds, on the market for the first time since being built around 1870.

The accommodation currently comprises a porch, two reception rooms, a kitchen, shower room, scullery & toilet on the ground floor, plus two large double bedrooms, a dressing room / nursery and bathroom upstairs, plus a further bedroom above the kitchen to the rear.

The grounds provide plenty of outdoor space and include a park between the house and the road which may have some development potential, and also a section of the foreshore on the other side of the road.

The 147 acre non-croft farmland behind the house is for sale separately (

The property is in need of significant repair and refurbishment which is reflected in the price but nonetheless offers a fantastic opportunity to acquire a detached house of character with the benefit of an unusually large garden and the fine views.

General Information

‘Bellevue’ is situated in a great position at the head of the voe of Olna Firth in the picturesque setting of Lower Voe on the west coast of Mainland Shetland about 17 miles north of Lerwick, Shetland’s capital and main town, and about 5 miles south of Brae, the main population centre for the North Mainland area and the location of the area’s main amenities, Voe also being convenient for access to Sullom Voe oil terminal and the Gas Plant about 11 miles to the north.

Centrally situated within Shetland, Voe is an ideal base from which to explore the islands particularly given Shetland’s good road network. The road which runs past the house continues westwards towards Aith & Bixter and the West Mainland. Two roads head north from Voe, one to Brae and Northmavine, the other to Toft and the ferry to the outer isles of Yell & Unst.

The village of Voe lies mainly over on the other side of the main road, Lower Voe being a more traditional and distinctive area which retains a Scandinavian appearance with a collection of buildings clustered around the pier at the head of the voe where there is a sail loft, one of Shetland’s collection of camping bods, and a marina.

Slightly further afield on the main road is Voe’s local shop, Tagon Stores which also sells fuel, with further amenities to hand in Brae, these including a High School (nursery, primary & secondary schooling to year 6), a leisure centre & swimming pool, health centre, Co-op mini-supermarket and various other social and recreational amenities.

Further information about the local area can be found at:-

Central heating is provided by an external oil-fired boiler in addition to electric storage heaters in three rooms however the property is being sold in its current condition and no guarantees can be given as to the working condition of any services, including the heating systems, appliances or contents. It is understood that the building is not listed.


The main entrance is to the north-west (sea) side of the house, the front door opening to a large porch with glazed double doors leading into the hall which retains original features including the staircase, doors and door surrounds, doors to either side leading to two reception rooms to the front of the house both retaining some original features and having a shelved wall press. One of the rooms has been used as a bedroom in recent years.

At the rear of the hall is a passageway with under stairs cupboard, cloakroom recess, small built-in cupboard and doors to a dining kitchen and large scullery. The kitchen, which has exposed ceiling beams, has a couple of clothes pulleys and a wet room style shower off with electric shower. There is a recess housing an oil-fired ‘Rayburn’ although it is not in use and it is not known if it is operational. The large scullery which has a second entrance door to the rear of the house has some fitted units including a double sink & drainer plus space for washing machine, freezer, etc. and a toilet off with WC & wash hand basin. A hatch in the scullery with drop down ladder provides access to a spacious loft.

Next to the kitchen door is a narrow staircase which leads up to another room at the back of the house over the kitchen which is of a good-size and could potentially be used as a bedroom or study (it was originally a maid’s room), a built-in cupboard housing a hot water tank (no longer in use), a hatch with pull-down ladder providing access to a second loft.

Back off the main hall, the original staircase which is lit by a large roof light, sweeps round and up to the first floor landing where stripped pine doors lead to two double bedrooms, and a box bedroom or office which can also be accessed from the main bedroom 1 suggesting use as a dressing room or perhaps a nursery, all three rooms facing north-west and enjoying the views down the voe.

Finally a passageway from the landing leads to a bathroom accessed via a short flights of steps, retaining the original bath which has an electric shower over, a WC and wash hand basin, the room being lit by a south-facing window and a roof light. The heated towel rail is not in service.

Room Sizes

On the Ground Floor:-


Approx. 2.7m x 2.65m (8’10” x 8’9”)

Living Room

Approx. 4.4m x 4.1m (14’6” x 13’6”)

2nd Reception Room

Approx. 4.4m x 4.1m (14’6” x 13’6”)


Approx. 3.55m x 3.35m (11’8” x 11’)

Shower Room

Approx. 2.3m x 1.5m (7’6” x 5’)


Approx. 4.25m x 2.6m (14’ x 8’6”)


Approx. 2.6m x 0.85m (8’6” x 2’9”

On the First Floor:-

Bedroom 1

Approx. 4.45m x 4m (14’7” x 13’2”)

Dressing Room / Nursery

Approx. 3.15m x 1.2m (10’3” x 4’)

Bedroom 2

Approx. 4.45m x 3.05m (14’7” x 10’)


Generally approx. 3.5m x 1.6m (11’6” x 5’2”)

Back Room (over kitchen)

Approx. 3.95m x 3.55m at widest points (13’ x 11’6”)


The property is accessed via a tree lined-drive from the public road which leads up and around the house to a double garage. The grounds are extensive comprising the main area of land of about 1½ acres plus a further park between the house and the road along the shore which may have some development potential. Also included is the foreshore on the other side of the road. A path in the north-west corner provides a short cut to the road and the pier.

The garden is surrounded by numerous mature trees which afford shelter and privacy particularly on the east and west sides, a very rare Shetland environment. A large lawn sweeps down from the house towards the shore, whilst to the rear is a further area of lawn and beyond that the open hill.

Immediately behind the house is a peat shed (approx. 5.6m x 2.2m) with power. To the west is a block-built detached double garage (approx. 6m x 6m) with twin folding garage doors, separate side door, power & lighting. There is also a small air-raid shelter adjacent to the peat shed.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band D. 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 from the main road north, turn left to Lower Voe on the south side of Voe. Drive through the first group of houses and down towards the shore, the access to ‘Bellevue’ being on the left just before you reach the shore.


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.

I was really satisfied with the service you provided and would recommend it.
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