- 1 Reception Room
- 2 Bedrooms
- 1 Bathroom
- Council Tax Band: B
- Energy Efficiency: E (40)
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Rare opportunity to acquire a delightful, quite unique, two bedroom stone-built cottage situated close by the shop and doctor’s surgery on a small side road off the loop road through Levenwick, and enjoying fine panoramic views eastwards across open countryside to the sea.
Although benefitting from double glazed windows and oil-fired central heating supplemented by a cosy wood burning stove in the living room, the accommodation retains much of the original character with original doors, exposed ceiling beams, extensive wood-lining and stone flagged or varnished wooden floorboards to most rooms. The living room and both double bedrooms face east and enjoy the views, the kitchen, which has space for a table & chairs, faces south.
Externally there are stone flagged seating areas to the front and rear, and a shed, the area to the rear being particularly secluded.
Early viewing recommended.
‘Smola is situated in the village of Levenwick, a picturesque fairly scattered settlement on the east coast of the South Mainland of Shetland approximately 17 miles from Lerwick, the location also being convenient for access to Sumburgh airport (about nine miles to the south) and air travel Mainland Scotland.
Conveniently there is a small local shop and Doctor’s surgery close by the house, and Levenwick’s fine sandy beach is within walking distance.
Further amenities are available in the nearby village of Sandwick (approximately five miles to the north) where there is another shop & post office and the South Mainland’s Junior High School and swimming pool. There are also other local shops at Bigton to the west and Dunrossness to the south. Lerwick - Sumburgh buses pass through the village – there is a stop at the shop.
The South Mainland area has a wide variety of places of interest making the property ideally situated for holiday use, the pier at Leebitton, Sandwick, being the departure point for ferry trips to the island of Mousa and its famous broch, whilst Bigton to the west is the access point for the famous sand tombolo at St Ninian’s Isle. Further afield is the croft house museum at Dunrossness, Quendale Mill, RSPB reserves at Spiggie and Sumburgh Head, as well as archaeological sites at Old Scatness and Jarlshof. Further information on the South Mainland area can be found at:-
Entry to the house is through a small front yard enclosed by a stone dyke, the space being laid with stone flags and chips for low maintenance and providing a pleasant place to sit in the morning sun. The ledged and braced front door opens to a porch with windows to either side, a stone floor and painted wood lined ceiling, an inner door opening to a wood-lined lobby with coat hooks leading to the living room, a cosy room full of character, the fireplace to the painted stone gable wall with its massive stone lintel being a particular feature along with the huge stone flags to the floor and exposed ceiling beams. The fireplace houses a wood burning stove although there is also a central heating radiator. The east-facing window with its deep wood-lined reveals enjoys the view, whilst wood panelling at the rear conceals a useful under-stairs cupboard.
Off the living room is a small part wood-lined passage leading to the shower room and kitchen, the passage having a tiled floor and handy shelved pantry cupboard which also houses the meters etc. On the left is the attractive painted wood-lined shower room comprising a large wet wall-lined shower enclosure with glazed shower screen, plus a white WC and wash hand basin with mirror doored bathroom cabinet over. Checkerboard vinyl tiles are laid to the floor and the deep window reveal provides shelf space for display, toiletries etc. Radiator / towel rail.
On the other side of the passage is the kitchen which has space for a table & chairs and a southerly aspect, the window being set behind a run of handmade units incorporating a ‘Belfast’ sink set in a solid wood worktop, an integral electric oven and hob with stainless steel cooker hood over, plus plumbing for a washing machine which is included in the sale along with the fridge / freezer. Lighting is provided by two ‘rise & fall’ pendant fittings and there is a clothes pulley and quarry tiled floor. The freestanding shelf unit is available by separate negotiation. The oil-fired combi boiler which supplies central heating and hot water is situated in the kitchen.
The painted wood stair from the passage leads up to a small landing on the first floor, a bright space lit by a Velux window, with fitted bookshelves and doors, again original, to the two double bedrooms, both bedrooms having windows to the front of the house enjoying the fine views to the sea, and original fireplaces although these are decorative only. Bedroom 2 to the right has hand painted wallpaper to one wall and a shelf / hanging rail unit. All of the first floor has varnished wooden floor boards.
On the Ground Floor:-
Approx. 4.4m x 3.7m at widest points (14'5" x 12'1" at widest points)
Approx. 4m x 2.25m (13'1" x 7'4")
Approx. 2.15m x 1.95m (7'0" x 6'4")
On the First Floor:-
Approx. 3.8m x 3.35m at widest points (floor area) (12'5" x 10'11" at widest points (floor are)
Approx. 3.8m x 2.8m (floor area) (12'5" x 9'2" (floor area))
In addition to the front yard, there is a further area to the rear where a courtyard space has been created from the remains of stone outbuildings which along with additional landscaping has created a delightful sheltered enclosure providing a great place to sit in the afternoon / evening sun. A large shed (approx. 6m x 2.2m) provides space for peat etc. although it needs some attention, whilst the stone walls of a former byre could provide a very sheltered space for pot plants etc. The oil tank is situated on the north side of the house.
To reach the property from the north take the first turning to Levenwick from the main Lerwick - Sumburgh road. Continue past the health centre and turn next left just before the shop to ‘Uppertown’. ‘Smola’ is the white painted cottage, third house in on the right. Note the loop road through Levenwick continues southwards to meet back up with the main Lerwick – Sumburgh road.
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.
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