Fairview, Symbister, Whalsay, ZE2 9AQ

Offers Over £195,000
Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

D (63)

Council Tax:

Band B


Offers Over £195,000




By arrangement.

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Sittingroom, Dining Room, Family Room / Study, Kitchen, four Double Bedrooms, three Bath / Shower Rooms (two En-suite), Hall & Sun Porch / Conservatory.

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Large three reception room / four bedroom detached villa set in delightful, mature garden on the island of Whalsay.

The house provides spacious double glazed accommodation with considerable character arranged over two floors, with oil-fired central heating and fine views over the surrounding countryside to the sea and the island of Linga in the distance.

Extra land may be available and the adjoining former shop premises by the house, which has potential for conversion to studio / gallery use, or even residential (subject to consents), is available separately.

Whalsay is connected to mainland Shetland by a regular ro-ro ferry service. Although providing a ‘get-away-from-it-all’ rural location the island benefits from an excellent range of amenities including a leisure centre, school, a couple of shops, and even an 18 hole golf course.

Note some photographs are archive photographs.

General Information

‘Fairview’ is situated on the outskirts of the village of Symbister, the main settlement on the island of Whalsay, one of Shetland’s larger outer isles situated off the east coast of Mainland Shetland. Often referred to as the ‘Bonnie Isle’, the island measures approximately five miles long by two miles wide, and is home to a population of around 1,000.

The island boasts an excellent range of amenities way beyond the level one would expect to find in a similar remote location. These are centered around Symbister a short distance from the house, and include a school, two general stores including a post office, a doctor’s surgery, dentist & care centre.

There are excellent sporting facilities including a superb leisure centre with heated swimming pool, games hall, fitness suite, squash court & all weather sports field, plus Britain’s most northerly 18 hole golf course can be found at Skaw to the north of the island.

The island has a thriving fishing community based at the harbour in Symbister where there is a marina and boating club. There is also a history group which meets in the outbuildings of Symbister House. The island has some magnificent scenery and the Ward of Clett, the highest point, provides superb views of the east coast of Shetland.

A subsidised ro-ro ferry service which runs from the ferry terminal at Symbister just over a mile from ‘Fairview’, to Laxo / Vidlin, about 20 miles from Lerwick, provides regular links to Mainland Shetland. Crossing time approx. 30 minutes.

The House

The house is thought to date from the 1930’s. After their purchase around ten years ago, the sellers carried out extensive refurbishment work including an overhaul of the roof with re-slating to two sides and new chimney pots.

New ‘sash & case’ style double glazed windows in keeping with the original character of the property were installed (except the front porch), the outside internal walls were re-lined and insulated, the loft insulated, additional radiators added to the existing central heating system as required, the system being supplied by an oil-fired ‘Worcester’ boiler in the kitchen, and two en-suite bath / shower rooms installed, resulting in a comfortable, ‘move-into’ property with lots of character. All the furniture may be available separately if required.


On the Ground Floor

Sun porch / Conservatory

(Approx. 3.6m x 1.85m) (11.9” x 6’5”) The main entrance to the house is through the garden and a porch / conservatory to the west, from where an exterior quality double glazed, hardwood inner front door leads the original porch (approx. 1.8m x 1.65m (6’ x 5’4”)) and the hall.


(Approx. 5m x 1.65m) (16’4” x 5’4”) With original paneled doors to the sittingroom and dining room, and an archway at the rear to a large family room / study. Stairs with cupboard space below lead to the first floor. Antique oak effect laminate flooring & radiator.


(Approx. 4.25m x 4.2m) (14’ x 13’10”) Attractive room enjoying a dual-aspect to the west and north, with laminate flooring matching that in the hall and fireplace surround housing an electric flame effect fire, although there is also a central heating radiator. The antique candelabra light fitting is available by separate negotiation.

Family Room / Study

(Approx. 4.1m x 3.25m) (13’6” x 10’8”) Useful additional reception room to the rear of the house, which could be used as a family room or would be ideal as a study as extensive fitted bookshelves provide plenty of storage / display space. Laminate flooring matching that in the hall, & radiator.


(Approx. 4.25m x 3.3m) Large kitchen with fitted units to two sides plus additional shelving opposite. The freestanding electric cooker, fridge, freezer & washing machine can be included in the sale if required. Windows to the rear of the property & double glazed back door, tiled floor, recessed spotlighting & central heating boiler.

Dining Room

(Approx. 4.25m x 4.25m) (14’ x 14’) Good-sized formal dining room, again with a dual aspect, this time to the south and west. A fireplace recess housing a solid-fuel stove set on a tiled hearth creates an attractive focal point, although again there are central heating radiators. Laminate flooring matching that in the hall. The candelabra style centre light fitting is available by separate negotiation.

On the First Floor


(Approx. 2.55m x 1.85m) (8’6” x 6’) The stairs from the hall, which are lit by a double glazed window over, lead up to four bedrooms (two en-suite) and a bathroom on the first floor. A ceiling hatch gives access to the substantial loft space. The light fitting is available by separate negotiation.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 4.05m x 3.75m at widest points) (13’3” x 12’3”) ‘L’-shaped double bedroom enjoying a dual aspect with windows to the north and east. Wooden floorboards & radiator. Door to:-

En-suite Shower Room

(Approx. 2.35m x 1.35m) (7’9” x 4’4”) Attractively fitted shower room with W.C. & wash hand basin set in cupboard / vanity unit with storage space below and large wall mirror & spotlighting over, plus tiled corner shower enclosure with glazed screen / door. Tiled floor & radiator.

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 4.05m x 3.8m) (13’3” x 12’4”) Another double bedroom, this time with double window to the west enjoying the view to the island of Linga in the distance. Built-in shelved cupboard space & radiator. The light fitting is available separately.

Bedroom 3

(Approx. 4.25m x 3.75m) (14’ x 12’4”) Master bedroom, again with double window and views to the west. Wooden floorboards and door to:-

En-suite Bathroom

(Approx. 2.55m x 1.8m) (8’6” x 6’) Superb bathroom with white suite including a traditional style roll top bath with centrally mounted mixer tap and claw feet, plus a W.C. and wash hand basin again fitted in a cupboard / vanity unit with large wall mirror & light over. Further fitted cupboards to the walls either side of the bath provide yet more storage space. Slate tile flooring & radiator.

Bedroom 4

(Approx. 3.75m x 2.6m) (12’3” x 8’6”) A door off the landing opens to a small lobby leading to the fourth double bedroom and another bathroom. The lobby means the bathroom can be used as an en-suite if required. Although a little smaller than the three other bedrooms, the room will still fit a double bed. There are windows to the south and east, a built-in cupboard, laminate flooring and a radiator.


(Approx. 2.6m x 1.55m) (8’6” x 5’2”) Comprising white W.C. & wash hand basin plus bath with ‘Triton’ electric shower over. Tiled floor, recessed ceiling spotlighting, mirror & light over the w.h.b.


The main garden area is to the south and west sides of the house, a lovely, well-established outdoor space filled with a variety of flowers & shrubs which are particularly colourful in the growing season. Immediately in front of the house is a lawn surrounded by flower beds whilst the area to the south has been attractively landscaped with areas of lawn, paths and raised flower beds edged in stone, plus a couple of wooden pergolas.

Included with the property is the strip of ground immediately to the north of the house allowing the possibility of extending the formal garden area, or perhaps for erecting a garage or even extending the house, subject to any necessary consents required.

Extra land may be available.

Former Shop Premises

Located on the roadside just to the south of the house, is a separate detached building, originally a shop, which is available by separate negotiation.

Extensive refurbishment has also been carried out to this building, including re-roofing and new double glazed windows & doors.

Comprising three rooms, a hallway and cloakroom with W.C. and wash hand basin on the ground floor, and a large room upstairs with a wash hand basin, and a separate WC & shower. All rooms have inset ceiling lights, the property has been completely re-wired and has smoke / fire alarm in situ on both floors. A door on the ground floor leads to another very large area within the shop premises which has been used as a store. This in turn leads to a large garage which has double wooden doors to a graveled parking area.

The building would make an ideal studio / gallery, or it may be possible to convert it to residential use either on a permanent basis, perhaps for a dependent relative, or for use as a holiday let providing a useful source of income.

Any alterations would however be subject to the usual consents required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band B. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation. Details of Council Tax rates can be found on the Shetland Islands Council website.

Energy Performance

Energy Efficiency Rating: D (63)

Property Location

To reach ‘Fairview’ from the ferry, follow the road around the harbour and up past the shop on the right. Continue to the left following signs for Skaw and the school, and take the first turning right to Isbister, the leisure centre & school. Drive up the hill past the school to a ‘T’ junction. Turn left and continue past the ‘Saeter’ houses on the right and over a cattle grid. ‘Fairview’ is on the left hand side of the road just after the cattle grid.

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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.

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