Key details

Horsegilly, Upper Dale, Walls, ZE2 9PE
2 bedrooms • sittingroom • living / dining room & kitchen • shower room • detached shed with store/workshop & sun room
Under offer
Closing date
12:00pm Friday 6th May

  • receptions 1 Reception Room
  • bedrooms 2 Bedrooms
  • bathrooms 1 Bathroom
  • Council Tax Band: A
  • Energy Efficiency: D (57)


Delightful former croft house set on its own in a scenic rural location well away from any other houses on Shetland’s sunny Westside, enjoying a southerly aspect and fine views of the surrounding countryside including a lovely view west along the valley to the sea and the island of Foula in the distance. Walls 5 miles; Lerwick 30 miles.

Completely renovated about 20 years ago and lovingly looked after ever since, the property offers very comfortable double glazed accommodation in immaculate order, character being provided by exposed ceiling beams throughout the ground floor, and the stone chimney breast in the sittingroom, solid-fuel stoves in this room and the second living / dining room providing a cosy alternative heat source to the electric storage / panel heating.

Sittingroom, 2nd living / dining room with kitchen area off, and shower room on the ground floor; two attic bedrooms upstairs. Easily maintained site and detached shed with store / workshop to one side and west-facing sun room space to the other.

All furniture and contents included.

General Information

‘Horsegilly’ is set on its own well away from any other houses, in a sparsely populated area of Shetland’s sunny Westside, just over five miles from the village of Walls, its amenities including a local shop & post office with fuel pumps & bakery, doctor’s surgery, village hall & boating club, and also a small community swimming pool available for private hire by Happy Hansel Primary School, secondary schooling being available at Aith or Lerwick, Aith being the location of the area’s Junior High School (secondary education to year 4) and also the West Mainland leisure centre / swimming pool. There is a burn just over the fence to the right of the property with two lovely waterfalls (see photograph) and a short walk from the house takes you to a lovely pebbly beach to the west.

The property was completely renovated about 20 years ago having been taken back to the original stone shell. It therefore offers very comfortable fully double glazed accommodation heated by electric storage / panel heaters and two cosy solid-fuel burning stoves, one in each living area. Considerable time and effort was put into the renovation and the property has been immaculately kept by the sellers ever since. There is no landline at the property but there is a 4G BT internet signal.

The sellers will be leaving all the furniture and also a large quantity of bedding, kitchen equipment etc. (aside from some personal effects) including offering a purchaser who wishes to use the property for holiday accommodation either for themselves or for letting out, to hit the ground running from day one.


The front door opens to a small hallway with tiled floor and, as is the case throughout the property, pine skirtings and door surrounds etc., pine doors leading to the main sittingroom to the left, and a living / dining area to the right which leads round to the kitchen, both living areas having windows to the front of the house facing south. A ladder stair leads upstairs.

The carpeted sittingroom is a lovely cosy room, the exposed ceiling beams and the impressive stone-faced chimney breast adding character, the fireplace housing a solid-fuel stove set on a tiled hearth, with display shelf to either side. Lighting is provided by several wall lights (there is also a large storage heater).

The room to the right also has exposed ceiling beams and a second solid-fuel fire (again in addition to a storage heater), the room providing a dining area plus space for a couple of easy chairs at either side of the fireplace. A run of floor and wall fitted units along one wall provides extensive storage space including a couple of glazed cabinets either side of an open display shelf. The floor is tiled.

Moving on around to the rear is a cooking area with free-standing cooker with fitted cupboard units to either side, and a built-in cupboard with coat hooks and shelving for boots etc., up two steps the space then continuing through to a further kitchen area to the rear with more fitted units including an inset sink and fridge, this space being lit by a side window.

Finally the tiled flooring extends into a shower room comprising a wet wall-lined shower with ‘Triton’ mixer shower and glazed screen / door, plus a white WC and wash hand basin, heating being provided by a wall-mounted fan heater and heated towel rail. The hot water tank is housed in the loft space above.

Back off the hall, the ladder stair leads upstairs, the whole of the upper floor being carpeted and comprising a small landing area with Velux roof light and storage provided by two built-in cupboards, one of which also houses the meters etc. Pine ledge & brace doors either side lead to two coombe ceiling double bedrooms each with a south-facing Velux roof light and panel heater. Note the floor-to-ceiling height in the centre of each bedroom is approx. 1.8m (6’).

Rooms Sizes

On the Ground Floor:-


Approx. 3.6m x 3.55m (11’9” x 11’8”)

Living / Dining Room

Approx. 3.6m x 3.55m (11’9” x 11’8”)


Approx. 2.65m x 1.25m + 1.65m x 1.05m (8’8” x 4’ + 5’6” x 3’6”)

Shower Room

Approx. 1.95m x 1.7m (6’6” x 5’6”)

On the First Floor:-

Bedroom 1 (left)

Approx. 3.15m x 2.95m (floor area) (10’4” x 9’9”)

Bedroom 2 (right)

Approx. 3.65m x 3.15m (12’ x 10’4”)


The property sits an easily maintained fenced site which includes the access from the roadside and provides plenty of parking to the side of the house. External cold water tap. The large detached shed has a store / workshop (Approx. 3.1m x 2.75m (10’2” x 9’)) on one side with fitted work benches to either side & shelving, further storage in the roof space over the sun room area, a double glazed side window, power & lighting.

Accessed by a full height double glazed door, the other side which measures approx. 3.1m x 1.75m (10’2” x 5’9”) has a large floor-to-ceiling window, fitted carpeted and again power & lighting. The window faces west and enjoys a lovely view down the valley to the sea and the island of Foula in the distance, this space providing a great place to sit and enjoy the view, or would be ideal as a home office / studio space.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band A. 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

The property can be reached either by going through of Walls, or from the Sandness road. The Sandness route is slightly shorter although in terms of timing there is little difference and if driving from Walls you are rewarded with some fine views of the island of Foula along the way. To reach the property from Walls drive through the village following signs for Dale of Walls. Continue along the main road avoiding any side turnings for just over four miles where the road climbs over a peat moor and starts to descend towards Dale. You will pass two houses, one on either side of the road, and the road turns right (again following signs for Upper Dale & Sandness) to go north. Continue for just over a mile and Horsegilly is set on its own on your left.


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.

We have availed ourselves of services provided by Harper Macleod of Lerwick, both in buying and selling residential property. Our needs on both these occasions were fully met and the service provided by them made our task in these circumstances, seemingly without effort.

Prior to this we had also received very helpful general advice pertaining to Shetland real estate from them. This was a tremendous benefit to us at the time.

If you are seeking cost effective, excellent real estate marketing and legal services, we would not hesitate in recommending Harper Macleod of Lerwick.
David & Jan Elliot
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