Key details

Houl House, Houl Road, Scalloway, ZE1 0XA
4 bedrooms • 5th bedroom / 2nd reception room • living room • kitchen / diner • 2 shower rooms • garden shed
Fixed price £235,000
Immediate entry is available on conclusion of legal formalities.

  • receptions1 Reception Room
  • bedrooms5 Bedrooms
  • bathrooms2 Bathrooms
  • Council Tax Band: C
  • Energy Efficiency: E (45)


Tucked away in a very well-established garden on the edge of the village of Scalloway and backing on to Gallow Hill to the west, ‘Houl House’ is a traditional four / five bedroom detached house conveniently situated within easy walking distance of the harbour area and amenities including several local shops on Main Street, the primary school, swimming pool and health centre.

The house enjoys a southerly aspect and views over the surrounding area to Trondra in the distance from the first floor rooms.

The accommodation which is arranged over two floors has oil-fired central heating, the ground floor comprising two large reception rooms (or one reception room and a fifth bedroom), a kitchen / diner and shower room. Upstairs are four bedrooms and a second shower room. The large garden which is surrounded by mature plants and trees is a particularly private and secluded space.

The property requires general refurbishment and upgrading which is reflected in the price but nonetheless offers spacious family accommodation in this particularly attractive setting.

General Information

‘Houl House’ is attractively situated on the edge of the village of Scalloway, Shetland’s ancient capital, which lies on the west coast of Shetland approximately 6 miles from Lerwick. The house is just a short stroll from Main Street and the harbour area (accessible via Hillside Road) putting it within easy walking distance of a range of amenities in the village including the primary school, swimming pool and doctor’s surgery, as well as local shopping including a couple of general stores and a chemist / post office. There is also a hotel, youth centre and garage whilst around the harbour at Port Arthur is the Scalloway Campus of UHI Shetland, a boating club and marina. There is a second marina and vet’s surgery in nearby East Voe.

Further information about the local area can be found at

The property requires general refurbishment and upgrading which is reflected in the price. It is being sold in its current condition and no warranties will be given in respect of any contents or services.


Entry is via a front porch with windows to either side and an inner door to a small hallway with doors to two large reception rooms both enjoying a south-facing aspect.

The room to the right is a well-proportioned reception room or potential fifth bedroom; the room to the left is a living room with open tread stairs to the first floor and doorway at the rear to the kitchen / diner which has a large east-facing window looking out over the garden plus a further smaller window facing west. There is plenty of space in the kitchen / diner for a table & chairs and pine doored fitted units including a double sink & drainer although replacement units would be desirable. The kitchen also houses the central heating boiler which also supplies the hot water tank housed in a built-in cupboard to one side, and has a clothes pulley over. Note some of the radiators are not working.

Off the kitchen is a passageway leading to the back door and a part wood-lined shower room with shower enclosure plus a white WC and wash hand basin set on fitted units which conceal the cistern and provide handy storage space. There is also a separate built-in cupboard.

Back off the living room the stairs lead up to a landing lit by a roof light, with a hatch to the loft space and a built-in shelved airing cupboard. There are four bedrooms upstairs, three doubles and a single, bedrooms 1 & 2 sharing a large ‘Jack & Jill’ en-suite shower room with shower, WC, bidet and wash hand basin set on a fitted cupboard unit. A built-in cupboard provides additional storage space. Tiled floor.

Bedroom 1 is a large double with a built-in wardrobe and windows to the east and west, the east-facing window enjoying a nice view. Bedroom 2 is a small double room facing west. Bedroom 3 is a single room with south-facing window enjoying views over to the harbour area. Bedroom 4 is a generously proportioned, dual-aspect double room again with views.

Rooms Sizes (All approximate)

On the Ground Floor:-

Living Room

6.15m x 4.25m including stair (20’3” x 13’11”)

Reception Room 2 / Bedroom 5

4.3m x 4.25m (14’1” x 13’11”)

Kitchen / Diner

4.55m x 4.3m at widest points (14’11” x 14’)

Shower Room

2.15m x 2.05m + shower (7'2” x 6’9”)

On the First Floor:-

Bedroom 1

4.55m x 3.65m (15’ x 12’)

En-Suite Shower Room

3.1m x 2.75m (10’2” x 9’)

Bedroom 2

4.3m x 2.05m (14’2” x 6’9")

Bedroom 3

4.35m x 2.05m (14’3” x 6’10”)

Bedroom 4

4.3m x 4.2m (14’2” x 13’10”)


The property sits in a good-sized, very well-established garden full of mature plants and trees which make it a very private and secluded spot particularly given the location on the edge of the village, the garden backing onto open hill ground to the west.

Access is either from Houl Road to the front or the lane to the side, steps leading up to the front porch, with a path continuing right around the property. The garden is mainly laid to lawn and provides a large amount of outdoor space. There is a wooden garden shed and decked area at the rear.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band C. 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

To reach the house drive to Scalloway crossing over the roundabout by the school into New Road. Take the first turning right into Lover’s Lane and turn the first left into Berry Road. Follow the road down and to the right, turning right into Houl Road where Berry Road becomes Chapel Lane. Continue right to the end of the road passing the turning left into Hillside Road close to the end. ‘Houl House’ is the last property 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.

Harper Macleod LLP were excellent in the sale of my house. This was my first house sale and from the beginning of the process to the end they provided brilliant support and guidance. The process was made simple for me and each step was explained fully. They were very efficient and effective with communications.
Laura Smith
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