Key details

Hestviken, Huxter, Sandness, ZE2 9PL
5 bedrooms • snooker / living room • family / play room • kitchen / dining room • 2 bathrooms • small painting room & box room / office space • integral garage & shed
Offers over £275,000
By arrangement.

  • receptions 2 Reception Rooms
  • bedrooms 5 Bedrooms
  • bathrooms 2 Bathrooms
  • Council Tax Band: E
  • Energy Efficiency: C (79)


Set in an unusually large, ⅔ acre site in an attractive shore side position enjoying magnificent views across the Sound of Papa to the island of Papa Stour, ‘Hestviken’ is a very spacious, five bedroom detached family home with an integral garage on the ‘sunny’ west side of Shetland. Lerwick approximately 33 miles.

In addition to the five bedrooms the 2,380ft² (221m²) accommodation also includes a substantial, 27’ x 17’ living / snooker room complete with full-sized snooker table, a large kitchen / dining room, further living / family room, two bath / shower rooms, a small painting room and useful box room with computer space. An oil-fired boiler provides central heating with under-floor heating to the ground floor and radiators upstairs.

The integral garage has an electric garage door and there is plenty of outside space which stretches down to just above the shore, offering potential to grow your own, keep poultry etc.

The large snooker room could potentially be sub-divided to create a suite of rooms for a dependent relative (it has a bedroom and small room with water supply off it) and planning permission has in the past been granted for a large sun room extension.

General Information

‘Hestviken’ is situated off the Huxter side road in the scattered settlement of Sandness on the sunny, west side of Shetland approximately 33 miles from Lerwick.

Local amenities in the area include a primary school and local hall, and there is also a woolen mill, a fine beach at Melby, and historic water mills at Huxter. A coastal path runs along the shore below the house providing pleasant walks.

Additional amenities are available at Walls, approximately 9 miles to the south, where there is another primary school, a local shop / post office with fuel, health centre and swimming pool for private hire, and also at Bixter (13 miles) / Aith (16 miles) back towards Lerwick, Bixter having another shop again with fuel, health centre, veterinary surgery & garage, Aith being the location for the Westside’s Junior High School (secondary education to year 4) and leisure centre / swimming pool.

Further information about the west side area of Shetland can be found at:-

Completed in 2010, this timber frame / blockwork clad property benefits from storm resistant uPVC double glazed windows and doors, and oil-fired central heating provided by a high efficiency ‘Warmflow’ condensing boiler in the utility area off the entrance lobby which provides individually zoned under-floor heating throughout the ground floor, and radiators to the first floor.

A particular feature of the property is the large amount of built-in cupboard space, including to four of the bedrooms, in both bath / shower rooms, and on the landing.

Planning permission was granted in 2019 for the erection of the large sun room extension on the north-west corner of the house accessed via double doors from the dining area of the kitchen. This would add a further 38 square metres living space to the property. This permission has now lapsed but reinstatement would not be expected to be a problem but prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard by contacting the local council directly. Full details of the permission can be found on Shetland Island Council’s website (search 2018/304) at:-

The existing ground floor layout includes a sizeable living / snooker room with a ground floor double bedroom and small painting room with water supply off it (adjacent to the family bathroom). These rooms could therefore potentially be altered to provide a suite of rooms for a dependent relative perhaps (the painting room becoming a bath / shower room, the main living space being sub-divided to form two living rooms), or perhaps holiday accommodation for letting out. Any alterations would however be subject to any necessary consents required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.


Entry to the house is via a wooden porch which provides shelter from the weather and leads to a lobby with tile effect vinyl flooring and a half-glazed door to the hall, double doors to the left opening to a handy walk-in utility space (approx. 1.5m x 1.45m) (5’ x 4’8”) with worktop with space below for a washing machine (appliance not included). As it also houses the central heating boiler it provides a useful airing facility (note clothes pulley not included). On entering the hall which has wood laminate flooring, there are pine doors to a family bathroom and the snooker / living room to the right, the kitchen at the far end, and on the left below the carpeted stair to the first floor, are two built-in cupboards, one providing space for coats etc.

The large bathroom comprises a white W.C. & wash hand basin plus a bath with tap / shower fitting. A large shelved airing cupboard houses the ‘Megaflo’ water tank and also provides plenty of space for towels etc. Tiling around the bath & w.h.b., wood effect vinyl flooring & heated towel rail. Next to the bathroom is the impressive snooker room, a huge 27’ x 17’ space with full size snooker table included, two windows enjoying the fine sea view north across to Papa Stour, a third window also enjoying a great view this time to the east. Two large built-in cupboards at one end provide extensive storage space. Off this room is a small south-facing painting room with sink unit and an east-facing, carpeted double bedroom again enjoying the view east, with built-in double bed (mattress not included) with fitted cupboards to either side.

Back off the hall, is the kitchen / dining room, a very bright, spacious room benefiting from three windows enjoying the superb view across the sound to Papa Stour, plus a fourth window to the west. There is plenty of space for a table & chairs and modern, cream coloured fitted units with tiled splash backs provide extensive cupboard & worktop space and include an integral double electric oven & gas hob with deep pan drawers below, a double bowl sink & drainer, plus plumbing for a dishwasher (appliance not included). Tile effect vinyl flooring to the kitchen area, wood laminate flooring to the dining area. A doorway from the kitchen leads to a second living / family room / snug, a carpeted, south-facing room ideal for families as children playing can still be overseen from the kitchen.

Finally on the ground floor there is an integral garage accessed from the kitchen, with ‘up & over’, insulated, roller shutter door with electric remote control, a separate side door & window, wall shelving, power & lighting.

The stair from the hall leads up to a carpeted landing lit by a Velux window, extensive fitted shelving providing plenty of space for books etc., pine doors leading to four carpeted bedrooms, a shower room and box room / office. Around to the right are two large, similarly sized bedrooms both enjoying a westerly aspect and sea view, and having a built-in cupboard / wardrobe plus a fitted desk unit and bookshelves, plus a handy shelved cupboard at the end.

On the other side of the landing to the left the passage continues to an ‘L’-shaped box room, also carpeted, fitted out with a desk for a computer etc. (a telephone point & power points are provided), a further bedroom with Velux window, currently used as an office with wall shelving at one end, and a shower room with white W.C. & wash hand basin, a wet-wall lined shower enclosure with glazed screen door, built-in shelved cupboard, wood effect vinyl flooring, towel rail / radiator & Velux window. Finally at the end is a very generously proportioned main bedroom, this time with an east-facing window to the gable wall, three large built-in cupboards along one wall providing a massive amount of hanging / shelf space

Rooms Sizes

On the Ground Floor:-

Snooker / Living Room

Approx. 8.4m x 5.25m (27’6” x 17’2”)

Family / Play Room

Approx. 3.7m x 2.8m (12’2” x 9’2”)

Kitchen / Dining Room

Approx. 5.6m x 2.2m extending to 3.85m at widest point (kitchen area) + 3.2m x 2.5m (dining area) (18’4” x 7’3” / 12’8” + 10’6” x 8’2”)


Approx. 2.85m x 2.4m (9’4” x 7’10”)


Approx. 2.4m x 1.75m (7’10” x 5’8”)

Bedroom 1

Approx. 3.3m x 2.4m (10’11” x 7’10”)

Integral Garage

Approx. 5.15m x 3m (17’ x 9’10”)

On the First Floor:-

Bedroom 2

Approx. 4.8m x 2.45m (floor area) (15’10” x 8’)

Bedroom 3

Approx. 4.8m x 2.45m (floor area) (15’10” x 8’)

Box room / Office Space

‘L’-shaped space, approx. 2.2m x 1.8m at widest points (floor area) (7’2” x 6’)

Bedroom 4

Approx. 4.75m x 1.8m (floor area) (15’7” x 6’)

Shower Room

Approx. 3.25m x 2.05m (floor area) (10’8” x 6’8”)

Main Bedroom 5

Approx. 5.75m x 3.9m at widest points plus wardrobes (floor area) (18’10” x 12’9”)


Access to the property is over a shared track from the public road which leads to the unusually large de-crofted site which is estimated to extend to around just under ⅔ acre or thereby (0.26 ha). The site, which slopes gently down towards the shore, is subdivided into two parts, the house being set in a fenced ¼ acre area, the main garden area being to the north side of the house where there is a large lawn bordered by established shrubs around the perimeter. There is a large wooden shed / workshop (approx. 5.1m x 4.65m) (16’9” x 15’3”) by the front door, with fitted workbench and storage space.

The further grassed area between the garden and just above the shore also goes with the property, the size of the overall site offering plenty of space for growing vegetables, keeping poultry etc., erection of a polytunnel.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band E. 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 house drive into Sandness and continue past the hall & school. At the mill follow the road straight on to Huxter. ‘Hestviken’ is situated about a mile from the junction on the right hand side of the road.


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.

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