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Former Church Building, Stove, Sandwick, ZE2 9HH
Offers over £55,000
By arrangement.


Sizeable, detached, former church building close to the local shop & post office, school & swimming pool in the centre of the village of Sandwick. Lerwick approximately 14 miles.

The gross internal floor area extends to around 153m² currently comprising an 11m x 7m sanctuary, two meeting rooms, kitchen, toilets, large entrance area and loft.

Could suit a variety of uses, including possibly residential, subject to any necessary consents required.


The building is conveniently situated off a short cul-de-sac in the centre of the village of Sandwick in the South Mainland of Shetland approximately mid-way between Lerwick, Shetland’s main town, 13 miles to the north, and Sumburgh and the airport approximately 13 miles to the south, both being within easy reach by car or by bus as Lerwick - Sumburgh bus services run through the village stopping close by the building.

There is a local shop & post office by the building and the Junior High School and South Mainland swimming pool are within easy walking distance, other amenities in the area including a village hall & social club, garage plus a visitor’s centre / tea room at Hoswick. As well as being home to the local sailing club, the pier at Leebitton is the departure point for boat trips to the island of Mousa and its famous broch.

Further information on Sandwick and the South Mainland area can be found at:-

The Shetland Islands, the most northerly part of the United Kingdom, are located approximately 200 miles north of Aberdeen and 200 miles west of Bergen, Norway. A daily overnight ferry service operated by NorthLink Ferries ( runs from Lerwick to Aberdeen, whilst Loganair ( operates direct flights from Sumburgh at the south end of Shetland to Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow.

The Building

The original stone building is understood to have been built in the early 1800’s with later extensions of varying forms of construction in the 1950’s and around 1990 when the toilets, kitchen and the Sunday school room were added, all below a slate roof.

With the exception of a single glazed window in the vestry, the windows are otherwise double glazed, either hardwood or uPVC. It has mains electricity and water and is believed to be connected to the mains sewer. Electric heating is provided by a mix of electric tubular radiators and panel heaters.

The property is being sold in its current condition and subject to any existing access rights. No warranties will be given in respect of any contents or services.

Other Uses

It is assumed that the property would fall within Class 10 of the Town & Country Planning (Use Classes) (Scotland) Order 1997 – Non-residential institutions, and therefore could alternatively be used as a crèche, day nursery, day centre, educational establishment, museum, art gallery or public library without the necessity of planning permission for a change of use. Alternatively the property may be suitable for other uses, including possibly residential, although this would be subject to the necessary consents being obtained.

Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves regarding the current permitted use and any change of use / alteration by contacting the local planning and building standards departments directly for further information / advice. Offers subject to obtaining planning permission and / or a building warrant for a change of use will not be considered.


In detail the accommodation comprises:-


Generally approx. 9m x 2.25m. Large, part wood-lined hallway spanning almost the full width of the building, with double entrance doors. Main sanctuary and vestry / meeting room to the left, and further meeting room, kitchen and toilets to the right.


Approx. 10.8m X 7.2m. Substantial area with maximum floor-to-ceiling height of approximately 4m (13’2”), with tongue & groove paneling below a dado rail and to the ceiling, two windows to either side, and a raised platform at one end.

Vestry / Meeting Room

Approx. 5m x 3.6m at widest points. Triple aspect space, again lined with tongue & groove paneling below a dado rail. Built-in cupboard under the stairs to a floored loft space.

Meeting Room

Approx. 5m x 3.9m. Second similarly sized meeting room.


Approx. 4.1m x 2.8m at widest points. With fitted units including double sink.


Two toilets each with a WC & wash hand basin.


The property sits in around 1/8 acre as shown on the plan, the site including the parking area to the north up to the fence. The boundaries to the east and west lie just out with the footprint of the building. The boundary to the south is the stone wall marking the boundary of the neighbouring house to the south.

Rateable Value

The rateable value is understood to currently be £2,750. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation.

Property location

The property is situated just to the west of the local shop at Stove in the centre of Sandwick. Take the turning south from the main loop road through Sandwick immediately to the west of the shop (there is a white painted cottage on the left hand corner) into a small cul-de-sac. The building is situated in the right hand corner behind a large detached house on the right fronting the main road.

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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.

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Former Church Building, Stove, Sandwick, ZE2 9HH