Key details

Middlesbrough, Gossabrough, East Yell, ZE2 9AU
Under offer
By arrangement.
Closing date
12:00pm Wednesday 22nd September

  • receptions 1 Reception Room
  • bedrooms 4 Bedrooms
  • bathrooms 2 Bathrooms
  • Council Tax Band: B
  • Energy Efficiency: E (51)


'Middlesbrough’ is a four bedroom, detached house set in just under 1/3 acre at the end of the side road in a quiet, very rural situation on the east side of the island of Yell, enjoying spectacular panoramic views eastwards over the Wick of Gossabrough and beyond to the island of Fetlar.

In addition to the four bedrooms all of which have built-in wardrobes, the spacious, single storey accommodation which benefits from central heating provided by an air-to-air heat pump, also includes a generously proportioned living room with wide picture window enjoying the views, a large kitchen / dining room with solid-fuel stove, a recently re-fitted contemporary bathroom plus an en-suite shower room.

Externally there is plenty of parking, a large deck along the front of the house, and a front lawn.

The tenancy of the surrounding croft is for sale separately at offers over £50,000. Click here for further information.

There are several local shops and a primary school within easy reach of the house and the island also has its own Junior High School, leisure centre and doctor’s surgery. A regular ro-ro ferry service connects Yell with Mainland Shetland.

Watch a video of the house and surrounding croft

General Information

‘Middlesbrough’ is situated in the small hamlet of Gossabrough on the east side of the island of Yell, the larger of Shetland’s North Isles, which sits between Mainland Shetland and the neighbouring island of Unst, Yell being connected to Mainland Shetland by a regular ro-ro ferry service which runs throughout the day from the terminal at Ulsta at the south end of Yell about 7 miles from the house, to Toft about 10 minutes north of Brae & Sullom Voe and 27 miles north of Lerwick, Shetland’s main town, crossing town approximately 20 minutes.

Measuring about 19 miles long by 7½ miles wide, Yell has a population of around 950, islanders enjoying a level of amenities beyond what might normally be expected in such a remote but accessible ‘get-away-from-it-all’ rural location. Amenities close to the house include a small community run shop and primary school at Burravoe, further shops (both with fuel) at Aywick about 4 miles to the north, or back by the ferry at Ulsta. There are two fine sandy beaches close to the house at Gossabrough & Swarister. The main amenities are located at Mid Yell, the main population centre and the location of the island’s Junior High School, leisure centre & swimming pool, and medical centre.

The Shetland islands are the most northerly part of the United Kingdom being located approximately 100 miles north at Mainland Scotland (Shetland is actually closer to Bergen in Norway than Edinburgh) and 200 miles west of Bergen. There are over 100 islands of which 15 are inhabited, the islands being home to around 23,000 people and providing a vibrant and safe community enjoying dramatic and unspoilt scenery and an abundance of wildlife.

Shetland is linked to Mainland Scotland by an overnight ferry service operated by Northlink ( which runs seven days a week from Aberdeen. Loganair ( provide direct flights to Sumburgh at the very southern tip of Mainland Shetland, to Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow. Islanders are currently entitled to discounts on both ferry and air fares.

Further information about Yell can be found at

The property which was built in 1989 is of timber frame construction clad with rendered concrete blockwork, below a concrete tiled roof. Windows are double glazed and central heating is provided by a recently installed ‘Panasonic’ air-to-air heat pump system with two units in the hall, and further units in the living room and kitchen, a solid-fuel stove in the kitchen providing a cosy alternative heat source. Hot water is provided by a pressurised ‘Megaflo’ tank with dual immersion heaters. The sale will include all fixed floor coverings and light fittings. There is a satellite dish connected to the living room.


Entry is via a front porch to the east side of the house, the porch having windows to three sides, plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer (appliances not included), and an inner door leading to the carpeted hall where three built-in cupboards provide plenty of useful storage space, one being used for coats etc. and also housing the electric meter, the two other cupboards being shelved. A hatch with pull-down ladder also provides easy access to extensive storage space in the loft which stretches the full length of the house, is of standing room height in the centre and has fitted lighting.

The living room to the left is a very generously proportioned room with wood laminate flooring, it’s wide picture window making the most of the great view over the bay and out to sea. Next to the living room is the kitchen / dining room, another spacious room, again with wood laminate flooring, with plenty of space for table & chairs and enjoying a dual aspect with windows to the south and west. Extensive fitted units provide plenty of cupboard & worktop space and include an inset 1½ bowl sink, a cooker hood and glazed display cabinet. A large built-in cupboard provides yet more storage space and also houses the hot water tank. A solid-fuel stove set on a tiled hearth provides an additional heat source although there is also an air-to-air heating unit. Clothes pulley.

Moving down the hall passage is bedroom 1, a carpeted double room with window to the rear and built-in wardrobe with shelf & hanging rail. Next is a contemporary style bathroom which was re-fitted in 2019 and now comprises a modern white three piece suite, the WC and wash hand basin being set in matching fitted units which conceal the toilet cistern and also provide lots of handy storage space for toiletries, towels etc., the wash hand basin having a mirror / light fitting over. Radiator style heated towel rail and laminate flooring.

At the end of the hall is the west-facing main bedroom, sliding mirror doors concealing a large built-in wardrobe, again with shelf & hanging rail, this room also having an en-suite shower room with wet wall lining to the lower half of the walls and also around the shower, a white WC & wash hand basin, heated towel rail and laminate flooring.

Finally there are two further carpeted double bedrooms again both with built-in wardrobes with shelf & hanging space, these two rooms facing east and enjoying the view.

Room sizes

Living Room

Approx. 5.2m x 4.3m (17'0" x 14'1")

Kitchen / Dining Room

Approx. 5.9m x 4m at widest point (19'4" x 13'1" at widest point)

Bedroom 1

Approx. 4m x 2.5m including wardrobe (13'1" x 8'2" including wardrobe)


Approx. 4m x 1.7m at widest points (13'1" x 5'6" at widest points)

Main Bedroom 2

Approx. 3.75m x 3m (12'3" x 9'10")

En-suite Shower Room

Approx. 3.3m x 0.9m (10'9" x 2'11")

Bedroom 3

Approx. 3.2m x 3.2m plus wardrobe (10'5" x 10'5" plus wardrobe)

Bedroom 4

Approx. 3.2m x 3.2m plus wardrobe (10'5" x 10'5" plus wardrobe)

Front Porch

Approx. 1.95m x 1.9m (6'4" x 6'2")


The property sits in a large site estimated to extend to around just under 1/3 acre, the site being enclosed by a wooden fence to the front and post-wire fencing elsewhere. The main garden area lies in front of the house, a large deck outside the porch providing a great place to sit and enjoy the fine view, the decking extending right along the front of the house to a garden shed (approx. 3.55m x 2.3m (11’8” x 7’6”) with power & lighting and work bench, a gate from here leading to a substantial parking area to the north side of the house, a kennel enclosure and cold water tap. In front of the decking is a mature lawn sheltered by well-established shrubbery around the perimeter.

Note the adjoining crofter has access rights to the croft land and also the shed to the north of the house.

Council Tax

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 Shetland Island Council’s website at:

Property location

To reach the house drive off the ferry and take the first junction right to Burravoe. Continue to Burravoe and then follow the road northwards following signs for Mid Yell. After just over 2½ miles turn right to Gossabrough. Cross the cattle grid and continue straight on (do not take the junction to the right to Gossabrough) and ‘Middlesbrough’ is at the end of the road on the left just before a gate.


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.

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