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• 5 bedrooms • 2 reception rooms • kitchen • 2 bath / shower rooms & separate toilet • office & two stores • range of outbuildings
Substantial five bedroom detached house set well away from any other houses in around 0.6 acres on Shetland's sunny westside approximately 3 miles outside the village of Walls where a range of amenities can be found including a shop, primary school, doctor's surgery and even a small swimming pool. Lerwick approximately 28 miles.
The house which enjoys fine 360° views over the surrounding unspoilt countryside, is being sold along with two registered crofts, the owner occupied croft of Gravens (approx. 23.9 hectares (59 acres)) and the tenancy of the croft of Runaburn (approx. 20.5 hectares (50.7 acres)), the croft of Gravens straddling the Loch of Sung which lies a short distance to the south of the house.
There is a range of outbuildings close by the house including a sizeable modern agricultural shed, two byres, a separate shed and detached garage.
Great opportunity for a lifestyle change in this particularly scenic area.
A sale of the house and both crofts as one lot is preferred, although offers may be considered for Runaburn tenancy separately.
'Gravens' is situated in a sparsely populated very scenic rural location on Shetland's sunny westside about three miles west of the village of Walls on the minor road to the Dale of Walls.
Walls offers a range of amenities including a primary school (older pupils go to Aith or Lerwick), a local shop & post office with fuel pumps, doctor's surgery, village hall, marina & boating club, along with a small community swimming pool which is available for private hire. Further amenities are available at Bixter about 10 miles back towards Lerwick, and also Aith (approx. 13 miles), the main population centre in the West Mainland area and the location of the area's Junior High School (secondary education to year 4) and also the West Mainland leisure centre / swimming pool.
Further information on the general westside area can be found at www.shetland.org/plan/areas/westside.
The Shetland Islands lie in the middle of the North Sea about 100 miles north of mainland Scotland, and are in fact closer to Bergen in Norway than to Edinburgh. A daily overnight ferry service links Shetland with Aberdeen & Orkney (www.northlink.co.uk), and there are regular direct flights by Loganair (www.loganair.co.uk) from Sumburgh Airport at the southern tip of Shetland, to Aberdeen, Glasgow & Edinburgh, islanders benefiting from discounted air & ferry fares.
The House – Gravens
There are two entrances to the house, the main entrance being to the front (south-east) side of the house where a single glazed porch leads to a front door opening to a small lobby with doors to two large rooms both with windows to the front of the house, the room to the left being a spacious double bedroom with small built-in wardrobe, the room to the right being a living room, again a good-sized, and with a built-in cupboard. There is a solid-fuel stove which used to supply central heating, however the back boiler has been disconnected therefore the stove would require modification before it could be used. The stair leads up to two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.
The living room leads through to a generously proportioned kitchen which enjoys a dual aspect and has a run of fitted units to either side, the units on one side including integral double oven and hob with concealed cooker hood over, the units on the other side having an inset sink and plumbing for a washing machine.
A door to the rear of the kitchen leads to a hallway with side lobby leading to a toilet with WC & wash hand basin, and a second side entrance door.
Also off the hallway is a second living room, again a good-size and enjoying a dual aspect, plus a further lobby leading to a small office, a store / work room which also houses the central heating boiler, with further store with back door off. A second stair leads up to a further two bedrooms and a shower room to the rear of the house.
The stair to the front part of the house leads to a landing with a built-in cupboard and doors to two bedrooms and a bathroom with a white three-piece suite. Both the bedrooms have windows to the front of the house, the larger room having a second window to the south-west gable wall and a built-in wardrobe, the other room having a run of fitted cupboards along one wall plus a further built-in cupboard in the corner.
The stair to the rear leads to a second landing with doors to a large shower room with shower enclosure and a white WC and wash hand basin set in a fitted unit which provides handy storage space. The larger bedroom has windows to the north-west & north-east and two built-in wardrobes. The other bedroom, again a double, faces south-east and also has a built-in wardrobe.
Central heating is provided by an oil-fired boiler situation in one of the store rooms, the boiler supplying radiators through the house. Most windows are double glazed except for the porch and bathroom. The property would benefit from some updating which is reflected in the price nonetheless offers the house provides a substantial amount of accommodation, with the layout perhaps offering the possibility of a separate self-contained unit to the rear.
On the Ground Floor:-
Living Room 1
Approx. 4.25m x 4.1m at widest points
Living Room 2
Approx. 4.85m x 3.85m at widest points
Approx.4.25m x 3.35m
Approx. 4.25m x 3.35m
Approx. 1.7m x 1.2m
Approx. 1.85m x 1.8m
Store / Work Room
Approx. 3.45m x 2.6m
Approx. 3.7m x 1.85m
On the First Floor (Front):-
Bedroom 2 (Left)
Approx. 4.25m x 3.35m (floor area)
Bedroom 3 (Right)
Approx. 4.15m x 2.55m including cupboards (floor area)
Approx. 2.45m x 1.6m (floor area)
On the First Floor (Rear):-
Bedroom 4 (Left)
Approx. 4.85m x 3.45m at widest points (floor area)
Bedroom 5 (Right)
Approx. 3.25m x 2.95m (floor area)
Approx. 3.75m x 1.85m (floor area)
The house sits in a large decrofted site which is estimated to extend to around 0.24 hectares (0.6 acres) or thereby. This includes a lawned area to the front of the house, plus further garden areas to the rear both having large areas of lawn and abundance of mature plants and shrubs. A large concreted area outside the back door faces south-west and therefore enjoys the evening sun.
Also included within the decrofted area is the original dwelling house, mainly stone-built and comprising two areas (approx. 7.6m x 3.1m & 3.7m x 3.1m) with connecting door and power, plus a detached block-built garage on the other side of the road (approx. 5.9m x 3.45m) again with power, and also a large elevated yard suitable for a large vegetable plot and polytunnel. The exact boundaries can be pointed out at viewing.
As noted two registered crofts are included in the sale.
The owner occupied croft of Gravens surrounds the house and extends in total to around 23.9 hectares (59 acres) as shown on the plan. The main area of ground is situated to the south-west of the house on either side of the Loch of Sung comprising areas 2, 3, 7 & 9, areas 2 & 3 being an apportionment. The remainder of Gravens croft is situated on the other side of the road comprising the area of ground behind the garage and planted garden area (areas 8 & 10) and also area 5, another apportionment, situated to the north of the access track to Thordale.
There are a range of outbuildings on Gravens croft, all situated close by the house. These include a substantial steel framed agricultural shed measuring approx. 13.4m x 7.2m with 3m wide x 2.8m high doors at one end, and power. Next to this is the original byre and barn comprising two interconnected spaces approx. 5.9m x 4.3m each, with smaller lean-to additions at either end, again with power. Finally there is a third smaller shed measuring approx. 5.6m x 2.5m overall, again with smaller attached sheds at either end.
The second croft is the tenancy of Runaburn croft. This croft land comprises two large areas of ground either side of the apportionment to Gravens, the first area (11, 12 & 13) extending to approx. 5.4 hectares (13.3 acres) and being situated behind the detached garage across the road from the house. The second area lies to the north of the Gravens apportionment comprising areas 1, 4 & 6), in total extending in total to approx. 15.15 hectares (37.4 acres). There is a substantial stone built outbuilding comprising shed and barn historically used for wintering lambs. The original croft house is attached and thought possible for re-roofing to create further shed / storage area.
This croft forms part of Vaila Estate, the annual rent currently paid being around £70.
No stock or entitlements are included in the sale of either croft.
Please note that both crofts are registered and therefore subject to crofting tenure. Assignation of the tenancy of Runaburn will require the approval of the Crofting Commission. Prospective purchasers requiring more information about crofting should contact the Crofting Commission directly at 4/6 Castle Wynd, Inverness, IV2 3EQ or discuss with their own agents.
Additional information on crofting is available on the Crofting Commission website at www.crofting.scotland.gov.uk.
Understood to currently be Band B. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation. Details of Council Tax rates can be found on the Shetland Islands Council website.
Energy Efficiency Rating: E (48)
To reach 'Gravens' drive to Walls and continue through the village and up the hill. Follow the road for approximately 3 miles passing the junctions for Stapness & Gardie, Burrastow, Burraland & Greenland, Breibister, the crossroads signposted for Vesquoy & Kinkwall, Setter and Annifirth, until arriving at the house which is situated on the left hand side of the road with the detached garage opposite, approximately ½ mile past the Annifirth junction.
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