Of particular interest to ornithologists or anyone seeking a property in a remote, yet accessible, 'get-away-from-it-all' island location, Houll is a two bedroom detached former croft house set in just over ½ acre close by the Loch of Funzie RSPB reserve on the island of Fetlar, the 'Garden of Shetland'.
The property enjoys fine open views over the surrounding countryside to the loch and the sea in the distance, the double glazed accommodation comprising a living room, kitchen / diner, shower room & porch on the ground floor, plus two attic bedrooms. There is also an attached lined-out outbuilding with its own separate entrance, for home office or studio use perhaps, plus two further sheds. Heating is provided by storage heaters supplemented by a cosy solid-fuel stove in the living room.
Fetlar has its own primary school and part-time shop, links to mainland Shetland being provided by ro-ro ferry service which runs via the neighbouring islands of Yell / Unst.
'Houll' is situated on the island of Fetlar, the smallest of Shetland's three main North Isles, Fetlar lying to the east of the neighbouring island of Yell and being connected to mainland Shetland by a ro-ro ferry service which runs several times a day to Yell / Unst (30 minute crossing) and then from Ulsta at the south end of Yell to Toft on the mainland Shetland (20 minute crossing). The crossing from Yell / Unst to Fetlar passes the island of Linga before venturing out to Hamars Ness at the very western corner of Fetlar.
Known as the 'Garden of Shetland' due to its green landscape and fertile soil, Fetlar has a rich, natural heritage and stunning scenery. Around two thirds of the island is protected in some way, either as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI), special area of conservation (SAC), or the RSPB reserve by the house.
The island is an ornithologist’s paradise as a wide variety of birth life can be seen including one of Britain's rarest breeding birds, the red-necked phalarope. The island is also of archaeological and geological interest and both the houses at Brough Lodge and Leagarth have interesting histories. The community run museum / interpretive centre is an excellent source of further information.
Although quite remote (part of its attraction) and with a small population of around 60, the island has its own primary school, a part-time shop & post office plus a community hall and camping bod.
Further information on the island can be found at:-
Houll is situated on the east side of the island just over six miles from the ferry terminal at Hamars Ness. The property has mains electricity & water, drainage to a septic tank, double glazing & electric storage heating.
Entry is via an uPVC door which opens to a porch with tiled floor and a built-in cupboard housing the pressurised hot water cylinder, with a recess to one side with plumbing for a washing machine and Velux roof light over.
Off the porch is a shower room comprising a large, walk-in shower with electric shower, plus a white WC and wash hand basin with fitted cupboard below, the room having a pine clad ceiling with recessed spotlighting, heating being provided by wall-mounted fan heater and heated towel rail.
A passageway from the porch leads through to the living room and kitchen with additional cupboard space under the stairs. Both the kitchen and living room have windows to the front of the house facing south with views over the surrounding countryside to the sea in the distance. Heating in the living room is provided by storage heater or a cosy solid-fuel stove and the flooring is laminate.
The kitchen / diner is a good-sized room with modern fitted units to two walls providing plenty of cupboard and worktop space, the cream coloured units having solid wood block worktops and including a 'Belfast' sink, extractor hood and concealed integrated dishwasher. The freestanding gas cooker and fridge are included in the sale although no warranties will be given. Laminate flooring.
Stairs from the kitchen lead up to the two attic bedrooms both of which have south-facing Velux windows and laminate flooring. Note both rooms have coombe ceilings with a restricted floor-to-ceiling height in the centre of approximately 1.68 cm (5' 6").
Attached to the east side of the house is a further room with its own separate access and estimated to measure approximately 15' x 11'. The space has been lined out and has uPVC double glazed windows to three sides, power & lighting. It would therefore suit use as a home office or studio, or workshop (subject to any necessary consents).
On the Ground Floor:-
Approx. 3.85m x 3.5m (12’8” x 11’6”)
Kitchen / Diner
Approx. 3.95m x 3.5m (12’11” x 11’6”)
Approx. 2.7m x 1.7m (8’10” x 5’8”)
Approx. 2.7m x 1.65m at widest points (9’ x 5’6”)
On the First Floor:-
Bedroom 1 (right)
Approx. 3.9m x 3.7m (floor area) (12’9” x 12’2”)
Approx. 3.9m x 3.7m at widest points (floor area) (12’9” x 12’2”)
As noted the large, generally fenced and grassed site is estimated to extend to around just over ½ acre. In front of the house is a stoned chipped seating area which provides a great place to sit and enjoy the views, and an outside cold water tap. There are a couple of sheds to the side of the house including a small stone-built shed with a roof made out of an upturned boat, and a larger detached shed of block work construction. The size of the site provides plenty of outdoor space and scope for erecting a polytunnel subject to any necessary consents required. Note the neighbouring crofter has access rights to the long outbuilding to the rear of the site.
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:
The property is situated about 6 miles from the ferry terminal. Drive across the island passing the shop, the school road and interpretive centre and continue to the RSPB reserve at the Loch of Funzie. The track to Houll is on the right just before the parking area by the loch.
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