Key details

Chapelside, Gruting, Bridge of Walls, ZE2 9NR
4 bedrooms • living room • kitchen • bathroom & separate wc • outbuildings including attached store, shed / workshop, former byre & garage
Under offer
Immediate entry is available on conclusion of legal formalities.

  • receptions 1 Reception Room
  • bedrooms 4 Bedrooms
  • bathrooms 1 Bathroom + WC
  • Council Tax Band: B
  • Energy Efficiency: D (63)


Set in around ½ acre in a sparsely populated, scenic rural location on Shetland’s sunny west side, ‘Chapelside’ is a four bedroom detached house enjoying views over to Scutta Voe. Bixter 5 miles; Lerwick 22 miles.

In addition to four double bedrooms, the double glazed accommodation, which is arranged over two floors, also comprises a living room, kitchen, modern bathroom & separate WC. Central heating is provided by an oil-fired boiler.

There is a run of outbuildings comprising a shed / workshop, former byre & garage, although some repairs are required.

The house requires general modernisation and some repair, and the site is presently somewhat overgrown, all of which is reflected in the price, but nonetheless the property offers family accommodation with lots of outdoor space and potential, in an attractive location.

General Information

Chapelside’ is situated in the small hamlet of Gruting in the West Mainland of Shetland, Shetland’s sunny westside, about 5 miles from Bixter and 21 miles from Lerwick. Comprising around a dozen houses, the hamlet, which overlooks the voes of Scutta & Gruting, has a small community hall, the main amenities in the area being situated at Bixter where there is a local shop / post office and petrol pumps, a health centre, vets surgery and garage, or Aith, about three miles north of Bixter, the location of the West Mainland’s Junior High School and leisure centre / swimming pool. Walls, about five miles to the west, is the location of another shop, primary school & health centre.

Further information about the West Mainland area can be found at:-

The property comprises the original croft house which was later heightened and extended. Windows are double glazed, mainly uPVC, but some timber, and central heating and hot water is provided by an oil-fired combi boiler housed in a cupboard off the kitchen.

The property is being sold in its current condition and no warranties will be given with regard to services or contents. The property has mains power and water, and a telephone line. Drainage is to a septic tank which was replaced in 2017.


Entry is to the rear of the house, the uPVC door opening to a lobby with doors to a toilet with WC & wash hand basin, the kitchen, and a hallway leading to the sittingroom and 4th bedroom / 2nd reception room.

The kitchen benefits from a dual-aspect with windows to the south and west. There is space for a small table & chairs and fitted units including a sink, although replacement units would be desirable. The appliances will remain although no warranties will be given. The room houses a solid-fuel ‘Rayburn’ range although it is not currently in working order and requires repair. A built-in cupboard houses the boiler.

Off the hallway is the living room and a ground floor double bedroom or 2nd reception room, both rooms enjoying a dual aspect. There is an open fireplace in the living room (in addition to a central heating radiator) although the chimney will require testing before use. There is an original porch to the west side of the house although this was blocked off when the house was heightened and the stair added. It is in very poor condition and would best be demolished.

The stair to the first floor, which has some built-in cupboard space below, leads up to three dual-aspect, double bedrooms, all with built-in wardrobe space, and a modern bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC and wash hand basin.

Bedroom 1 to the left enjoys a fine view over to the voe. Bedroom 2 next to the bathroom, which enjoys a similar view, has a walk-in wardrobe off (approx. 2.1m x 1.4m (6’10” x 4’8”)) with radiator, which could perhaps be converted to an en-suite. The third bedroom is an ‘L’-shaped room facing north and west.

Rooms Sizes (All approximate)

On the Ground Floor:-

Living Room

3.85m x 3.6m (12’7” x 11’9”)


3.85m x 4.15m (13’6” x 12’8”)

2nd Reception Room / Bedroom 4

3.8m x 3.55m (12’6” x 11’8”)


1.35m x 0.9m (4’6” x 2’10”)

On the First Floor:-

Bedroom 1

3.8m x 3.45m (12’6” x 11’5”)

Bedroom 2

4.2m x 3.1m (13’9” x 10’1”)

Bedroom 3

4.4m x 3.65m at widest points (14’6” x 12’)


2.7m x 2.15m (8’10” x 7’2”)


The property sits in a large site estimated to extend to around ½ acre or thereby. Access is over a track through the surrounding croft which leads to the outbuildings, a path from there leading to a small garden area enclosed by a wall to the rear of the house. There is a large grassed area to the west side of the house, and a small walled front garden to the north looking out to the voe. To the side of the house is an attached shed (approx. 4.3m x 3.4m (14’ x 11’2”)) with power.

The site is overgrown and requires development but offers plenty of potential.

The run of outbuildings comprises a shed / workshop (approx. 7.3m x 4.6m (24’ x 15’)), former byre (overall approx. 7.6m x 3.6m (25’ x 12’) but subdivided), and garage (approx. 6m x 3.7m (19’10” x 12’2”)). Some attention is required. The door to the shed / workshop is presently boarded up. The former byre requires re-roofing.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band B. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation. Council Tax Bands may be reassessed by the Joint Valuation Board when a property is sold. Details of Council Tax rates can be found on Shetland Island Council’s website.

Property location

Take the turning to Gruting & Staneydale from the main westside road a couple of miles past Bixter. Follow the road for approximately two miles passing the junctions for Staneydale to the right, and Sefster to the left, and the sign for Staneydale Temple, until you come to a crossroads. Continue straight on to Gruting. You will come across two houses, one on either side of the road. Head straight onto the middle track and across a cattle grid. ‘Chapelside’ is at the end of the track just after the former Methodist Chapel on the right.


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.

Thanks again for your brilliant service with both my property sales over the past years. Your experience in Shetland is much noted with local people.

Selling my house whilst living in Edinburgh was a daunting prospect but I should not have worried. The communications between both parties was easy and the sale of my property went through without any hitches.
Diane Legget
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