Key details

House & Cottage, North House, Sweening, Vidlin, ZE2 9QE
four bedrooms • living / dining room • kitchen / dining room • sun room • family bathroom & shower room • utility room • boiler room • cottage & outbuildings • large integral garage
Offers over £330,000
By arrangement.
Closing date
12:00pm Friday 19th July

  • receptions2 Reception Rooms
  • bedrooms4 Bedrooms
  • bathrooms2 Bathrooms
  • Council Tax Band: E
  • Energy Efficiency: E (52)


Rare opportunity to acquire a delightful four bedroom traditional stone-built property with considerable character, a separate cottage and a range of outbuildings, in around 1.2 acre grounds at a secluded picturesque location amongst mature trees at the end of a side road overlooking Sweening Voe. Lerwick is approximately 25 miles.

This double-glazed accommodation is arranged over two floors and comprises of four bedrooms, a living / dining room, a kitchen / dining room, a sun room, a family bathroom, a shower room, a utility room and a boiler room.

Heating is provided by oil-fired central heating.

The two bedroom cottage next to the property is included in the sale and has been previously used as a self-catering accommodation.

The house sits in its own mature garden plus there is a large integral garage, stone-built workshop, former stable, garden shed & store. There are three further areas of ground adjacent to the house including a fenced paddock.

General Information

The property is situated close to the shore of Sweening Voe at the end of a side road just outside the village of Vidlin in the north mainland area of Shetland.

The detached cottage, which is handily situated next to the house was previously used as a self-catering accommodation, being situated in an unspoilt rural area which is ideally situated for a ‘get-away-from-it-all’ holiday experience and for exploring the north mainland of Shetland with its dramatic cliff and hill scenery. There is a stony beach nearby and good walks in the immediate area.

Alternatively, it could be used as ancillary accommodation to the main house, as a ‘Granny’ annex, or perhaps as a home office, subject to any necessary consents. The adjoining former stable also offers potential for further development which is currently used as a games room.

The centre of Vidlin has a local shop & fuel, primary school & marina. Additional amenities are available at Brae (approx. 12 miles) the main population centre for the north mainland area, including a Co-op mini-supermarket, Brae High School, North Mainland swimming pool / leisure centre, health centre, care centre, garage services and various social & recreational facilities.

Shetland is connected to mainland Scotland by a daily overnight ferry service from Aberdeen or Orkney operated by Northlink ( There are also flights from Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee Airports.


Entry to the property is via the front porch which has space for shoes. An inner door opens to the short hall with space for coats and shoes, stairs to the first floor, a door leading to the living / dining room and a further door to the kitchen / dining room.

To the left, is the door to the living / dining room which benefits from a dual aspect and enjoys south and east-facing views with an archway offering a spacious living accommodation with an impressive stone fireplace housing a decorative fireplace although has the potential to be opened to be a working fire and part of an original stone wall as a feature. A door accesses the south-facing sun room with a further door opening to the rear hall.

The very spacious farmhouse style kitchen / dining room has space for a table & chairs and comprises of cooking & washing areas on opposite walls with an island food preparation / storage area in-between, complete with an integral fridge, solid oak worktop, inset circular sink bowl & mixer tap, power points and hanging utensil / pan rack over. The cooking area includes a ‘Rangemaster’ dual-fuel range cooker with five ring gas hob, warming plate & double electric oven which is included in the sale (note that one oven doesn’t work and no warranties will be given), whilst on the opposite wall there is an inset 1½ bowl sink with plumbing for a dishwasher below and two glazed display cabinets, an integral plate rack over and also a useful pantry cupboard. Doors to the boiler room & utility room.

The utility room has plumbing for a washing machine, a tumble dryer and space for a fridge / freezer.

The rear hall has space for coats and shoes etc and doors lead to the living / dining room, shower room and garage.

The shower room comprises of a white WC, a wash hand basin and a shower.

Upstairs, you will find three double bedrooms and a single bedroom.

Double bedrooms 1 and 2 both enjoy a great front-facing view, bedroom 1 benefits from two built-in cupboards and access to the eaves.

Single bedroom 3 enjoys a south-facing aspect with a built-in wardrobe.

Double bedroom 4 enjoys a dual aspect with south and north-facing views.

The family bathroom comprises of a double ended bath with a centrally mounted mixed tap, a separate shower with contemporary glass block screen & built-in glazed shelving, W.C. with concealed cistern, inset wash hand basin, a built-in shelved linen cupboard & separate store cupboard. Heated towel rail.


The cottage is understood to have been originally built around 1900 and still retains some original features. The accommodation comprises a large double bedroom, a smaller double room and a shower room upstairs, with a living room, large kitchen / diner and WC / cloakroom downstairs. Most rooms have a whitewashed stone wall which adds character. Heating is provided by electric panel heaters throughout supplemented by a solid-fuel stove in the living room.

The living room has a south-facing window and stone fireplace with a cast iron solid-fuel stove. Wood laminate flooring.

Good-sized, south-facing kitchen / diner has fitted units including an inset sink, space for a cooker, fridge / freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and plenty of space for a table & chairs.

The WC comprises of a white WC, a wash hand basin, a heated towel rail and a storage area.

Two carpeted double bedrooms, bedroom 1 enjoying a dual aspect.

The shower room comprises of a white WC, wash hand basin and shower.

Rooms Sizes (All approximate)


On the Ground Floor:-

Living / Dining Room

8.8m x 4.1m (X’X” x X’X”)

Kitchen / Dining Room

6.15m x 4.35m (20’2” x 14’3”)

Utility Room

2.9m x 2.3m (9’6” x 7’7”)

Boiler Room

2.25m x 1.2m (7’5” x 3’11”)

Shower Room

2.1m x 1.9m (6’10” x 6’3”)

On the First Floor:-

Bedroom 1

4.35m x 3.9m (14’3” x 12’9”)

Bedroom 2

4m x 2.85m (13’1” x 9’4”)

Bedroom 3

3.15m x 2.25m extending to 2.6m (10’5” x 7’5” / 8’7”)

Bedroom 4

4.25m x 3m (13’11” x 9’10”)

Family Bathroom

4.6m x 2.85m extending to 3.2m (15’ x 9’4” / 10’7”)


On the Ground Floor:-

Living Room

4.6m x 3.8m (15’ x 12’6”)

Kitchen / Diner

4.8m x 3.7m (15’8” x 12’3”)

On the First Floor:-

Bedroom 1

3.7m x 2.65m (12’2” x 8’9”)

Bedroom 2

3.85m x 3.85m (12’8” x 12’8”)

Shower Room

3.6m x 2.7m (11’10” x 9’)


As noted the property sits in grounds estimated to extend to around 1.2 acres or thereby in total. Access is by way of a tarred tree-lined driveway which leads up to the house and around past the cottage to the integral garage at the rear. To the left of the driveway, the stone walls of a former cottage provide a sheltered garden area. The house itself sits in a delightful mature walled garden to the south & east sides, which includes a number of mature trees including Sitka spruces, white beams, rowans, sycamores etc. which attract a large number of local and migratory birds throughout the year, and a large patio area outside the conservatory. The site includes several outbuildings.

The integral garage with a white garage door, power and lighting measures approximately 5.15m x 5.15m (17’ x 17’) and has access to the house via the rear hall.

The solid stone-built store / workshop is behind the garage, with a profile metal sheet roof, power & lighting.

The stone-built former stable has power & lighting and a cold water supply. As it adjoins the cottage it offers the possible potential for extending the cottage, or could perhaps be converted for use as a home office / studio, all subject to the usual consents. It is currently being used as a games room.

The block-built shed, again with a profile metal sheet roof has power & lighting.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band E. 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 at:

Property location

Drive to Vidlin turning left at the village hall & shop to Sweening. Follow the road right to the end (approx. 1½ miles) to the tree-lined driveway opposite you which leads to North House and the cottage.


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.

Thanks again for your brilliant service with both my property sales over the past years. Your experience in Shetland is much noted with local people.

Selling my house whilst living in Edinburgh was a daunting prospect but I should not have worried. The communications between both parties was easy and the sale of my property went through without any hitches.
Diane Legget
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