3 + conservatory + 1
5 + 1
3 + 1
5 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, conservatory, kitchen, 3 bathrooms, utility room, sunstantial garage, flat comprising kitchen / living / dining area, bedroom & shower room
Once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire an exceptional, very unique, detached property, undoubtedly one of the finest modern homes we have seen, set in around 1.5 acres in a fantastic shoreside setting with private jetty and 60m sea frontage, at Weisdale, approximately 12 miles from Lerwick.
Designed by renowned local architect Alan McKay and enjoying stunning panoramic views over the voe and a westerly aspect, this recently completed 420m² property provides extremely comfortable three reception room / five bedroom accommodation with many special features and the benefit of a substantial integral garage plus a lovely self-contained one bedroom flat which could provide accommodation for a family member or a rental income.
A substantial decked area surrounds the house providing a great place to enjoy the stunning views, and there is an established garden with large summerhouse and shed, plus a further park with possible development potential (subject to consents).
'Sound Lodge' is situated in a secluded setting on the shore of Weisdale Voe, at the end of a long private drive off the main Westside road (A971). Weisdale provides an attractive and popular rural village location on Shetland's sunny westside, the village benefitting from an easy commute to Lerwick, Shetland's capital, as well as Brae & Sullom Voe to the north as the main road north can be re-joined by continuing northwards from the house and taking the Kergord road at the head of Weisdale Voe.
Conveniently, the well-stocked local shop, 'Robinson & Morrison's', which has a post office and petrol station, is within a stone's throw of the house, and the area’s primary school is only a mile away at Whiteness where there is also a public hall, youth club & snooker club. There is a second shop a mile past the school, whilst a short drive northwards from 'Sound Lodge' on the Kergord road, is Bonhoga Gallery & café at Weisdale Mill. The main Westside bus route to Lerwick runs along the main road.
Weisdale Voe is a particularly scenic stretch of water which stretches northwards to the Weisdale Valley at its head, the valley being dominated by the steep slopes of Weisdale Hill and the trees at Kergord, the only substantial woodland in the Shetland.
Shetland is linked to mainland Scotland by an overnight ferry service from Aberdeen operated by Northlink Ferries (www.northlinkferries.co.uk). Loganair (www.loganair.co.uk) operates direct flight to Shetland from Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow.
The house is the culmination of a 6 year long project by the owner's to create a substantial detached house in this stunning shoreside setting.
Designed by renowned local architect Alan McKay, the property takes full advantage of the beautiful setting and the westerly aspect, all of the main public spaces and most of the bedrooms overlooking the voe, the living and dining areas enjoying large window areas. The gross internal floor area (excluding the flat & garage) is estimated to extend to around 420m².
Of timber frame construction clad mainly with treated natural sandstone, with low maintenance Marley 'Cedral' fibre cement wood effect cladding detailing elsewhere (to the main house, the garage is mainly timber clad), all below a 'Tapco' natural slate effect roof, the house has a particularly striking exterior, the warm tones of the stone blending in well with the large expanse of timber decking that extends along the west side of the house. Windows are triple glazed alu-clad timber.
Central heating is provided by two 'Mitsubushi' air-to-air heat pumps which supply five internal wall or ceiling mounted heaters. As an added comfort if required, electric under-floor heating is also provided throughout the ground floor, each room having individual controls, wiring being in place to fit under floor heating or panel heaters upstairs if required.
Hot water is provided by a pressurised 300 litre 'Kingspan Ultrasteel' hot water cylinder, there is a second tank serving the flat, and the house also has a 'Dantherm' heat recovery / ventilation unit and an integrated central vacuum system which even extends into the flat and the summerhouse. The large cupboard off the entrance hall houses the central control point for the satellite TV, telephone and internet systems, and also the fire alarm panel.
The interior has been completed to the same high standard as the exterior, with factory finished internal doors and distressed engineered oak wood flooring extending throughout most of the ground floor. The unique staircase crafted from railway sleepers and finished with a very contemporary stainless steel & wire banister, is a particular feature, and light neutral colours enhance the spacious feel and provide a blank canvas for the new purchaser to personalise as they wish.
Amongst the many special features of the property, the bespoke 'Charles York' kitchen comes with a complete set of integral 'Miele' appliances and 'Corian' worktops, all the bath and shower rooms having quality fittings and fitted storage units, the main bathroom & en-suite having luxurious tiled floors, 'Gerberit' wall-hung WC's with concealed cisterns, and 'Zehnder' heated towel rails / radiators. Most of the smaller windows have integral venetian blinds, and there are striking light fittings to the public areas.
The accommodation on the ground floor has a very sociable, contemporary open-plan layout which maximises the natural light that filters throughout the space, and the opportunity for views of the voe.
Entry is to the east side of the house via a large entrance hall with a substantial cloak cupboard and double doors to the hall, a stunning space which runs from left to right and seamlessly flows though into the vaulted ceiling living and dining areas ahead, both great entertainment spaces, the dining area being open to the galleried living / study area on the first floor.
The kitchen and utility room are to the right; to the left is the future-proofed ground floor master bedroom suite, a second large double bedroom which could be used as an office, and a shower room.
Triple foldaway patio doors from both the sittingroom and master bedroom open to the south / west facing conservatory which provides a great space to sit and enjoy the fine views along the voe.
Upstairs the large open-plan living / study area looks down into the dining area and leads to three substantial double bedrooms and another shower room.
Finally, a door from the utility room leads to a north wing comprising a huge integral garage with kitchen area, toilet off and door to a lobby providing the access to a super one bedroom self-contained flat which provides a great additional space either for a dependent family member or it could be let out on a permanent or holiday let basis providing a healthy source of income.
In detail the accommodation comprises:-
On the Ground Floor:-
Entrance Hallway / Hall
Large hallway with walk-in cloak cupboard and double doors with etched glass panels opening to the hall which, thanks to the large vaulted window to the dining area opposite, provides a view to the voe as soon as you enter the house.
(Overall approx. 6.9m x 3.6m) (22'6" x 11'10") Truly stunning space overlooked by the galleried living area on the first floor, with a high vaulted ceiling and an abundance of natural light thanks to a vaulted window to one side, further side window and patio doors to the west-facing deck, two Velux windows plus a further floor-to-ceiling window to the side recess.
(Approx. 6.2m x 5.95m) (20'4" x 19'6") Along from the dining area is the sittingroom, another fantastic, bright space, again with a vaulted ceiling and lots of natural light thanks to a wide west-facing floor-to-ceiling window, four Velux windows plus the foldaway patio doors to the conservatory.
(Approx. 6.25m x 3.75m) (20'7" x 12'4") Large room accessed either via the sittingroom or the master bedroom, with double doors opening to the wraparound timber deck.
Master Bedroom Suite
Next to the sittingroom, by two built-in cupboards which provide further space for coats or general storage, an opaque glazed door from the hall opens to the master bedroom suite comprising a large bedroom (approx. 4.65m x 3.95m) (15'4" x 13') with south / west-facing corner window and foldaway patio doors to the conservatory, which leads round to an extensive dressing area (approx. 3.65m x 3.3m) (12' x 10'10"), and a generously proportioned en-suite bathroom (approx. 4.55m x 1.85m) (15' x 6'2") with bath and separate walk-in shower with 'monsoon' shower head & separate hand-held fitting, the bath having a 'waterfall' mixer tap, a 'Svedbergs' vanity sink set on a wall hung drawer unit with large mirror cabinet with integral lighting over and further tall cabinet to one side, a 'Gerberit' wall hung WC & 'Zehnder' ladder style heated towel rail / radiator. A floor hatch to a built-in wardrobe / cupboard in the bedroom provides access to the under-floor area.
(Approx. 5.95m x 5.95m) (19'6" x 11'6") Another opaque glass door opens to this second double bedroom which is situated to the rear of the house and has its own entrance with triple glazed doors opening to a timber deck to the rear, plus a further window to the south. It was originally envisaged to have an en-suite, there being plenty of space thanks to its large size, and therefore plumbing connections are already in place if required. The room could be used as a double bedroom or it would make a great study or home business office, particularly as the patio doors provide a self-contained access.
(Approx. 2.95m x 2.95m) (9'8" x 9'8") Sizeable shower room with eye-catching black tiled floor with matching skirtings, walk-in shower, contemporary style wash hand basin bowl set on fitted wall hung vanity unit with large wall mirror and lighting over, plus a 'Gerberit' wall hung WC and 'Zehnder' ladder radiator / towel rail.
The substantial, beautifully fitted, kitchen which overall measures approx. 5.95m x 5.95m (including hall area) (19'7" x 19'7") again has plenty of natural light thanks to foldaway patio doors to the west plus a further window to the rear. Extensive array of quality country style fitted units in a white finish set off by white 'Corian' worktops & upstands, particular features including pull-out corner carousels, solid wood cutlery drawer insets and a 'Kohler' sink with mixer tap and separate 'Quooker' instant hot water tap. 'Miele' integral appliances including two ovens, a matching microwave and warming oven, induction hob with a cooker hood over, plus a concealed dishwasher. There is also a substantial concealed 'Norcool' 1161 litre, corner larder fridge. The main run of units provides extensive cupboard and worktop space, but there is also an additional matching island unit, again with a 'Corian' worktop with solid woodblock circular breakfast bar insert, plus a handy pull-out shelf unit with solid wood shelf for a mixer, a pull-out waste unit and three solid wood pull-out trays.
(Approx. 5.95m x 2.65m extending to 3.1m at widest point) (19'6" x 8'8" / 10'2") Substantial utility room accessed via an opaque glass door from the kitchen, with further fitted units in a white finish with grey worktops and upstands, the units including an integral larder freezer with ice maker, corner carousel, a couple of waste units and a 'Rangemaster' stainless steel sink. Windows to the front and rear of the house, tiled floor and door to the integral garage.
On the First Floor:-
Open-plan Living / Study Area
(Overall approx. 10.7m x 3.55m extending to 5m into balcony (floor area)) (35' x 11'8" / 16'6") Vast open living / study area with doors to two bedrooms and a shower room to the left, and at a further bedroom at the far right end. The galleried balcony area overlooks the dining area below, and again twin Velux windows to the front and rear plus a further Velux over the stair make this a particularly light & airy space.
(Approx. 3.6m x 3.05m (floor area)) (11'10" x 10') Large, well-appointed shower room with tiled floor and matching skirtings, 'rainfall' shower plus extensive fitted units providing ample countertop and storage space and housing the WC & wash hand basin which has a mirror / light over. 'Zhender' radiator / towel rail & Velux window.
(Approx. 7.25m x 3.55m (floor area)) (23'10" x 11'8") Substantial double bedroom with twin floor-to-ceiling Velux windows facing west plus a further window to the south gable. Small built-in cupboard.
(Approx. 3.55m x 3.5m (floor area)) (11'8" x 11'7") Double room with twin Velux windows facing south.
(Approx. 6.2m x 3.55m (floor area)) (20'4" x 11'8") Spacious fifth double bedroom, with twin Velux windows facing west. Door to:-
Plant Room / Store
Walk-in store housing the easily accessible heat recovery unit.
Substantial integral garage measuring approx. 12.75m x 6.45m overall (including kitchen area and flat lobby) (42' x 11') accessed by a roller shutter door with electric remote control, or by a separate side door, with parking for four cars. A run of floor-to-ceiling fitted units along one wall provides a massive amount of storage space, there are also further units set around a 'Belfast' sink with mixer tap / hose, and by the central vacuum system point. A solid-fuel stove provides heat. Painted concrete floor.
The corner kitchen area has fitted units including an integral two ring gas hob and dishwasher plus a stainless steel sink, whilst off here is a toilet with WC & wash hand basin and shelved cupboard.
Finally in the opposite corner is a lobby with tiled floor and space for coats over a heated towel rail / radiator, which provides the self-contained access to the flat.
One Bedroom Flat
Kitchen / Living / Dining Room
(Overall approx. 9.45m x 4.05m (floor area)) (31' x 13'3") The pine staircase from the ground floor lobby to the rear of garage, which has its own external door independent of the main house and the garage, leads up to the open-plan kitchen / living / dining area, a lovely bright space with two sets of twin Velux windows enjoying views over the surrounding area to the north, plus a floor-to-ceiling window to the west gable at the top of the stairs which frames a fantastic view over the voe. The space has engineered wood flooring throughout and comprises first the living area, then a fully equipped fitted kitchen with ample units in a white gloss finish set off by black granite worktops including an integral oven and induction hob with cooker hood over, plus a concealed dishwasher. Beyond the kitchen is a small space for a table & chairs below the second pair of Velux windows, and a door to the bedroom.
(Approx. 4.05m x 3.25m (floor area)) (13'3" x 10'9") With the same wooden flooring, east-facing gable window and bank of fitted wardrobe & drawer units along one wall providing plenty of space for clothes etc. Door to:-
En-Suite Shower Room
(Approx. 2m x 2m (floor area)) (6'6" x 6'6") With corner shower and WC & vanity wash hand basin set in fitted units. Heated towel rail / radiator & Velux window.
The flat has its own separately metered electricity supply.
As noted the overall site is estimated to extend to around 1.5 acres or thereby, the site extending to the mean low water mark.
Access is via a tarred private drive from the roadside (this also serves the separate house by the road), the drive being flanked by lawns and planted trees to either side, and leading past a tarred parking area on the left to a large parking area in front of the garage.
To the left a large decked area leads to the front door which has ramped access, and to the main garden area behind the house, the deck continuing on to surround the house on the south and west sides.
The main garden area provides an attractive, well-established outside space, being mainly laid to lawn with established trees and shrubs providing shelter and privacy, a stone flagged path leading through the space to a substantial summerhouse with power & water supply, and a separate garden shed.
To the west side of the house, the wraparound deck can be accessed from the house via the numerous patio doors, the large area beyond the deck being laid with chips and edged by a stone-faced retaining wall. There is vehicular access down the side of the garage to a concreted path which leads to the property's own private jetty, and a 60m sea frontage.
The site also includes the approximate 0.8 acre park behind the house and garden which may have potential for development for possibly up to five house sites although no planning permission has been sought and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard. Alternatively the space could be used to extend the garden area or provide space for polytunnel etc.
Understood to currently be Band G. 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: C (71)
The reach 'Sound Lodge' take the main A971 Westside road to Weisdale. There are two houses immediately to the north of the shop, the second one, 'Kinlea', which is surrounded by a high wooden fence, sharing a tarred private drive with 'Sound Lodge' which is set well back from the road at the end of the drive.
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