Key details

Olna Cottage, Olna Firth, Brae, ZE2 9QS
2 bedrooms • 2 reception rooms • conservatory • kitchen / diner • shower room • attic store room • garden shed
Offers over £180,000
By arrangement.

  • receptions 2 Reception Rooms
  • bedrooms 2 Bedrooms
  • bathrooms 1 Bathroom
  • Council Tax Band: C
  • Energy Efficiency: D (60)


Set in a large ½ acre site (originally a whaling station) and enjoying a south-facing aspect and fine views over the voe of Olna Firth to the Hill of Grobsness opposite, Olna Cottage is a two reception room / two bedroom detached property conveniently situated midway between Voe and Brae, just over two miles to either side, and therefore within easy reach of a range of amenities including a High School, leisure centre, health centre and local shops including a small supermarket.

The double glazed, single storey accommodation which has oil-fired central heating, comprises a living room, separate dining room, large, double glazed conservatory, modern kitchen / diner, two double bedrooms and a shower room. There is also a large lobby / utility space with stair to a substantial 43’ long floored and lined attic space which provides a huge amount of easily accessible storage / hobby space and could potentially be converted to additional living accommodation, subject to the usual consents.

The substantial, mainly grassed site offers plenty of scope for extending the property, space for a polytunnel, garage etc., again subject to usual consents required.

General Information

‘Olna Cottage’ is conveniently situated midway between Voe to the south and Brae to the north putting a range of amenities within easy reach, Voe and Brae both being about a couple of miles from the house in each direction. Voe has a local shop & post office with fuel pumps, plus a marina at lower Voe, whilst Brae, the main population centre for the North Mainland of Shetland, being the location of the area’s main amenities, these including a High School, leisure centre / swimming pool, health centre, several shops including a Co-op mini-supermarket, plus a garage and award winning fish & chip shop. The property is also convenient for access to Sullom Voe oil terminal and the gas plant as well as being within easy commuting reach of Lerwick.

Further information on the area can be found at:-

The property is double glazed with a mix of timber and uPVC framed units. Heating is provided by an oil-fired boiler which also supplies hot water. The flooring is wood or laminate throughout, and the sale will include all blinds and light fittings.

The property benefits from a substantial floored and lined attic store room. It is thought this space could have the potential to be converted to additional living accommodation although this would be subject to the necessary consents required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.

Some general external maintenance is required which is reflected in the price.


Entry is to the rear of the house, the uPVC double glazed door opening to a vestibule clad with painted ‘v’-lining to a dado rail and laid with grey wood effect laminate flooring which also extends into the ‘L’-shaped hall accessed via a glazed door. To the right two cupboards provide useful storage space, one a shelved airing cupboard housing the hot water tank, the second, a walk-cupboard housing the central heating boiler, whilst a glazed door at the end opens to the kitchen / diner, a west-facing room with modern fitted units in a white finish with contrasting black granite effect worktops and striking red ‘metro’ tiled splash backs, the units including an integral oven and hob with stainless steel cooker hood over, inset 1½ bowl sink, a handy pull-out larder unit, and plumbing for a washing machine and dishwasher (appliances not included). There is plenty of space for a table & chairs, the existing table unit which has a solid granite top being included in the sale. Tiled floor.

Next to the kitchen is the living room, an attractive space with wooden flooring and a large window enjoying the fine view straight out over the voe, artificial light being provided by a striking centre light fitting. The freestanding flame effect electric fire set on a granite hearth will be included in the sale although there is also a central heating radiator. From the living room a wide archway leads through to the generously proportioned, double glazed conservatory, a lovely space with windows with vertical blinds to three sides, the room providing a great additional living area and a great place to sit and enjoy the sunny aspect and views. Tile effect laminate is laid to the floor and lighting is provided a centre light fitting / fan unit and two matching wall lights.

Back off the hall is a shower room with tiling to the lower half of the walls and the floor, the fittings including an extra wide, wet-wall lined shower enclosure with electric shower and glazed screen / door, plus a white WC and wash hand basin with mirror over. Under-floor heating is provided along with a heated towel rail / radiator. Next is a south-facing double bedroom also enjoying the views, with built-cupboard, feature light fitting and laminate flooring, and then a further glazed door opens to the good-sized dining room, this room having a built-in shelved cupboard for linens etc., and again laminate flooring.

A door off the dining room leads to a large lobby / storage space with door to the second bedroom and stair to the attic store, the floor being laid with wood effect vinyl. The second bedroom, also a south-facing double enjoying the view, also has laminate flooring.

The stair provides easy access to the substantial floored and lined attic storage space which together with the large cupboard at the far end, spans the full length of the house and measures approximately 13.25m long by 4.5m wide (floor area) (43’6” x 14’10”), its floor-to-ceiling height in centre of just over 2m (6’8”) making it a very useable storage / hobby space with plenty of power points and recessed ceiling spotlighting.

Rooms Sizes

Living Room

Approx. 4.85m x 3.9m (16' x 12'10")


Approx. 4m x 3.8m (13' x 12'6")

Kitchen / Diner

Approx. 3.65m x 3.45m (12' x 11'3")

Shower Room

Approx. 2.4m x 1.75m (7'10" x 5'8")

Bedroom 1

Approx. 3.4m x 3.4m (11'2" x 11'2")

Dining Room

Approx. 3.4m x 3.4m (11'2" x 11'2")

Bedroom 2

Approx. 4.15m x 2.95m (13'8" x 9'8")

Lobby / Utility Space

Approx. 3m x 2.95m (10' x 9'8")


As noted the property is situated in a substantial site which is estimated to extent to around just over ½ acre or thereby, access being via a shared track from the public road which leads down to a parking area outside the house where there is a wooden garden shed. There is a more formal fenced garden area behind the house with established planting, whilst on the shore side is an attractive seating / barbeque area enclosed by stone which provides a great place to sit and enjoy the views of the voe, although both areas would benefit from some tidying up. Rotary clothes dryer & external cold water tap. Elsewhere the site is mainly grassed. Note the boundaries are generally unfenced.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band C. 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

The property is situated on the main A970 Lerwick - Brae road approximately half-way between Voe to the south and Brae to the north, the access being on the south (shore) side of the road and marked by a grey metal storage bin with sign for ‘Olna’. The access serves two properties, Olna Cottage being on the left.


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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