South Ness House, Twageos Road, Lerwick, ZE1 0BB

Offers in the Region of £525,000
Key Details

Reception Rooms:

2 / 3


4 / 5



Energy Efficiency:

E (54)

Council Tax:

Band F


Offers in the Region of £525,000




By arrangement.

Home Report:

Available on request


For an appointment to view please telephone the sellers direct on 01595 692699, or contact our reception.


4 / 5 bedrooms, 2 / 3 reception rooms, kitchen, 2 bath / shower rooms plus separate shower & WC, study (or 6th bedroom), large outbuilding.

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Set in a walled garden in a prime shore-side position at the south end of Twageos Road within easy walking distance of Commercial Street and the small boat harbour, South Ness House is a stunning, beautifully presented, detached house of considerable character, enjoying magnificent views over the harbour approach and across to Bressay, a perfect vantage point from which to observe shipping arriving in Lerwick, sailing & wildlife.

The property which has over the years been sensitively modernised and upgraded whilst still retaining period features, offers very spacious, extremely comfortable, double glazed family accommodation arranged over two floors currently including three large reception rooms and four bedrooms however there are potentially up to six bedrooms if required (the current owners presently offer B & B accommodation. 

The fabulous kitchen with its 'Aga' is a particular feature. Central heating is provided by an oil-fired boiler, multi-fuel stoves to several rooms providing a cosy alternative.

The large outbuilding could potentially be converted into an office or studio.

Properties of this calibre rarely come on the market – viewing is essential.

General Information

Dating from 1902, South Ness House occupies a prime shore side position at the south end of Twageos Road, a great location affording stunning views of the harbour approach and across to Bressay, yet still just a short stroll along Twageos Road and through the historic Lodberries area from the hustle and bustle of Commercial Street and the small boat harbour area in the centre of Lerwick. In the other direction is a pleasant walk around the parkland at the Knab.

Of traditional stone construction below a natural slate roof, the house which is set in a walled garden and has a gross external floor area of approximately 330m², has been sensitively modernised, yet although benefiting from central heating and double glazing, the original character and many original features remain, in particular the paneled doors and surrounds, cornices and skirtings, and the original mahogany staircase. Although a period property of considerable character, the property is not listed and therefore alterations would not require consent.

The current owners have carried out extensive improvements to the property since their purchase ten years ago including re-slating the roof (including the outbuilding) and overhauling the chimneys, and replacement rainwater goods. A new oil-fired 'Worcester' boiler was installed to serve the upgraded and extended central heating system which now utilises Honeywell 'Evohome' programmable controls with individual thermostats to each radiator and zonal capability.

A stunning new kitchen was fitted including a new 'Aga', all the bathrooms have been revamped, and over time the entire house has been redecorated.

Whilst providing a stunning family home, the house has successfully provided Bed & Breakfast accommodation, the location being ideal for such a use.

The sale will include all carpets and other fixed floor coverings, the curtains and blinds, and white goods. Some of the furniture may be available separately.


The spacious, generously-proportioned accommodation is arranged over two floors, entry being via a large conservatory on the west side of the house. The impressive hall leads to the main sittingroom with its large bay window enjoying the view to Bressay, a separate dining room, a further living room which could be used as a ground floor bedroom, office, shower, separate WC and cloakroom, plus at the end, the kitchen and utility room.

Upstairs are four large double bedrooms, one presently used as a dressing room, the master bedroom also having a bay window looking across to Bressay, a bathroom and separate shower room. In detail the accommodation comprises:-

On the Ground Floor:-

Porch / Conservatory

(Approx. 4.9m x 2.6m) (16' x 8‘6”)  Large south-west-facing, double glazed conservatory forming the main entrance to the house, with original tiled floor with contrasting inset border, venetian blinds at all the windows, and an inner door to a vestibule, again with original features including the decorative tiled floor and glazed inner door & side screen with etched window glass to the hall.


(Overall approx. 7.m x 2.55m extending to 3.1m at widest point) (23‘3" x 8‘4” / 10’3”) Spacious carpeted hall with original paneled doors and other features. A walk-in cloak room (approx. 2.75m x 1.3m) (9' x 4‘3”) provides plenty of space for coats etc., as well as shelving for books, additional storage being provided by a handy under-stairs linen cupboard.


(Approx. 5.65m x 5.6m into bay) (18‘6” x 18‘4”) Elegant well-proportioned room with a large bay window enjoying the superb views across to Bressay. Again original features have been retained, the impressive fireplace housing a new multi-fuel cast iron stove set on a slate hearth supplementing the central heating which is provided by period style radiators. Fitted carpet.

Dining Room

(Approx. 4.25m x 4.05m) (13‘10” x 13‘3”) Large room, again carpeted, enjoying a dual aspect with windows to east and south. Shelved cupboard.

Living Room / Potential 5th Bedroom

(Approx. 4.25m x 4.05m) (14‘ x 13‘3”) Third reception room, again with dual aspect, this time to the south & west, currently used as an additional living space / studio, but has previously been used as a double bedroom. This room also has a wood-burning / peat stove, again on a slate hearth, as well as a central heating radiator. Shelved cupboard & fitted carpet.


(Approx. 1.85m x 0.9m) (6‘ x 3’)  Useful separate WC with white WC & wash hand basin, and underfloor heating below the original style mica polished marble tiled floor.

Shower Room

(Approx. 2.6m x 1.05m) (8‘6” x 3‘6”) Re-fitted and re-tiled, again with original style mica polished marble tiling to the walls and floor, the 'Bristan' shower having a 'rainfall' shower fitting and glazed door. Heated towel rail.


(Approx. 3.05m x 2.6m) (10’ x 8‘7”) West-facing carpet room, which could alternatively provide another bedroom. Striking retro style pendant light fitting.

Dining Kitchen

(Approx. 6.1m x 3.65m) (20‘ x 12‘) At the end of the hall is the kitchen with lobby off leading to the utility room and a side entrance door from the garden. The kitchen was completely gutted and re-fitted to a high standard, the ceiling being lowered and insulated along with the floor and walls which were re-lined, the floor being laid with honed and polished Umbrian gold travertine tiles throughout which also extends into the utility room, the kitchen having under-floor heating. The result is a gorgeous, very comfortable space, natural light being provided by windows to the north and east. Quality Omega 'Mackintosh' base & walls units in a walnut finish set off by polished granite worktops and matching upstands, are arranged around space in the centre for a table & chairs, and provide extensive cupboard and worktop space, additional features including a concealed 'Neff' integrated dishwasher, a 'Gemini' neostone black granite sink surround with stainless steel inset sink and separate waste bowl, corner carousels, glazed display cabinets with glass shelving with integral lighting, and useful pull-out larder units either side of the 'Rangemaster DXD' 'American' style fridge / freezer which is included in the sale. Surrounded by ivory painted 'Mackintosh' units with 'period' style 'Dionysus' metallic glass beveled tiling behind and concealed cooker hood over, is a magnificent black enameled, 'Total Control' electric, three oven 'Aga' complete with an additional matching 'Aga' module providing a fan oven, grill and ceramic hob for cooking facilities should the main 'Aga' be switched off in the summer months. Recessed ceiling spotlighting.

Utility / Laundry Room

(Approx. 3.75m x 2.45m) (12‘3” x 8‘) Sizeable utility room with fitted units to two walls providing lots of useful additional storage and incorporating an inset sink, plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer, freezer etc., all appliances being included. Clothes pulley and additional space for coats etc.

On the First Floor:-


(Approx. 2.75m x 2.55m) (9‘ x 8‘4”) The impressive original staircase from the hall which retains the original banister and is lit by a tall arched window over the half-landing, leads up to the first floor accommodation comprising three double bedrooms, all beautifully decorated and carpeted, a dressing room (or fourth bedroom), bathroom and separate shower room.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 5.65m x 5.6m into bay) (18‘6” x 18‘4”) Stunning, master bedroom with large east-facing bay window looking out over to Bressay. The original fireplace is an attractive feature.

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 5.65m x 4.05m) (18‘6” x 13‘3”) Large dual-aspect room, the window to the south looking out to the lighthouse in the distance.

Bedroom 3

(Approx. 4m x 3.35m) (13‘2” x 11‘) Again enjoying a dual aspect, with windows to the south and west.


(Approx. 2.95m x 2.15m) (9‘8” x 7‘1”) This family bathroom is beautifully finished with 'Sorrento' polished marble tiling to the floor and around the bath, the white suite comprising a bath with shower & glazed screen over, a wash hand basin set on fitted cupboard unit with additional cabinet over, and a WC. A heated towel rail radiator supplied by the central heating system supplements the underfloor heating.

Shower Room

(Approx. 2.65m x 1.7m) (8‘8” x 5‘6”) Also re-fitted and finished to a similar standard as the main bathroom with the same polished marble tiling, the shower room features a more contemporary style WC and wash hand basin, this being set on a wall-hung drawer unit, with mirror doored bathroom cabinet over and matching cupboard to one side. 'Aqualisa' digital 'rainfall' shower with remote control and glazed screen / door. Again heating is provided by the heated towel rail / radiator and under floor.

A hatch from the shower room fitted with an industrial quality loft ladder, provides easy access to the massive floored loft space. This is of such a size and height that it could offer potential for development subject to any necessary consents being obtained. It houses the hot water tank.

Dressing Room / Bedroom 4

(Approx. 3.85m x 2.65m) (12‘8” x 8‘8”) Originally a bedroom, this west-facing room is currently fitted with extensive built-in bedroom furniture / wardrobes although these could easily be removed if extra bedroom accommodation was required.


The property sits in a large, established walled garden which is estimated to extend to around ¼ acre or thereby. Entering via a gate flanked by gate piers, you arrive at a large tarred parking area in front of the house, with lawns to either side, there being a further lawn along the east side of the house where the shoreline lies just beyond the back garden wall; a gate provides access to the shore.

On the north side of the house is a substantial detached outbuilding comprising a workshop (approx. 5.35m x 2.8m) (17‘6” x 9‘3”), fuel store (approx. 1.75m x 1.25m) (5‘9” x 4‘) and separate garden store (approx. 2.8m x 1.45m) (9‘2” x 4‘10”). The building has been re-roofed and fitted with new doors and Velux roof lights, and has the potential to provide a home office or perhaps a studio / hobby space, subject to any consents required.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band F. 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 Performance

Energy Efficiency Rating: E (54)

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