Key details

St Ninians Cottage, Hoswick, Sandwick, ZE2 9HL
3 bedrooms (one currently used as office / music room) • living / dining room • porch / sun room • kitchen • two bath / shower rooms • utility room & box room • garden shed
Under offer
By arrangement.

  • receptions 1 Reception Room
  • bedrooms 3 Bedrooms
  • bathrooms 2 Bathrooms
  • Council Tax Band: C
  • Energy Efficiency: E (49)


Three bedroom detached house situated in the picturesque village of Hoswick, within walking distance of a range of amenities including the local shop, Junior High School and swimming pool, and also within easy commuting distance of Lerwick (approximately 13 miles).

Originally two semi-detached cottages now linked, the accommodation comprises a substantial 27’ living / dining room, large porch / sun room, kitchen, two bedrooms (one presently used as an office / music room), a bathroom, separate shower room and utility room on the ground floor, plus a bedroom and box room upstairs.

Windows are double glazed and central heating is provided by an oil-fired boiler.

Externally there is an enclosed front garden / drying green and a garden shed.

General Information

‘St Ninians Cottage’ is situated in the picturesque hamlet of Hoswick which overlooks Hoswick Bay and is part of the wider Sandwick area which lies mid-way between Lerwick, 13 miles to the north, putting the town within easy commuting distance either by car or by bus, and the airport at Sumburgh, 13 miles to the south.

The property is well catered for in terms of amenities, there being a visitors centre / tea room close by the house, and additional amenities at Stove about ½ mile away including a shop & post office, Junior High School catering for nursery, primary & secondary pupils to year 4 (older pupils go to Lerwick), and also the South Mainland swimming pool, all within reasonable walking distance.

Within the wider Sandwick area there is also a youth and community centre, garage and social club, whilst slightly further afield, Sandsayre Pier at Leebitton is the departure point for boat trips to the island of Mousa and its famous broch. Planning permission has recently been granted for a Co-op mini-supermarket in the village.


The house was originally two cottages, now linked, entry being to the southern half via a large double glazed porch / sun room with inner doors, one to a hallway and the accommodation in the southern half, the second door at the far end leading to the substantial living / dining room and the accommodation in the northern half. With its large glazed area, the sun room provides a great place to sit and enjoy the view over the garden and over to the bay.

The hallway has space for coats etc., and doors to a ground floor double bedroom, shower room and the kitchen, the bedroom having an east-facing window plus a second smaller window to the south, and laminate flooring. The shower room comprises a white WC and wash hand basin plus a wet-wall lined corner shower with electric shower and glazed screen / door, heating being provided by a heated towel rail. The kitchen would benefit from updating which is reflected in the price, but nonetheless has fitted units including an inset sink, cooker hood and plumbing for a dishwasher, a recess below the stair providing space for a larder fridge (appliances not included). An internal window looks out into the sun room.

The stair off the kitchen provides access to a carpeted, combed ceilinged bedroom and a box room on the first floor, both with east-facing dormer windows enjoying a nice view to the bay. A cupboard on the landing provides useful storage space.

Back in the other north side of the house, the substantial living / dining room provides a great, very sociable family space with living and dining areas, lots of nature light being provided by sliding patio doors to the garden, two further windows to the east, and a third window to the south, all with views to the bay. Wood laminate flooring is laid throughout and two ceiling spotlight fittings provide artificial light.

A glazed door from the living room leads to an inner hallway with built-in cupboard and doors to a double bedroom with painted wooden floorboards, presently used as an office / music room, a bathroom and utility room, the bathroom having a three piece suite including a bath with wet-wall lined shower area and electric shower over. Heated towel rail.

The large utility room provides plenty of storage and also has plumbing for a washing machine (appliance not included). It also houses the central heating boiler and hot water tank both of which were replaced last year. A hatch from the hallway provides access to a substantial loft (mirroring the accommodation in the southern half of the property), which spans the full length of the northern cottage.

Rooms Sizes (All approximate)

On the Ground Floor:

Porch / Sun Room

5.25m x 1.8m (17’2” x 5’10”)

Living / Dining Room

8.15m x 3.7m (26’9” x 12’2”)


4m x 3.3m at widest points (13’2” x 10’10”)


3.15m x 1.7m at widest points (10’4” x 5’6”)

Shower Room

1.8m x 1.35m (6’ x 4’6”)

Bedroom 1

3.95m x 2.85m (13’ x 9’3”)

Bedroom 2 (or Office / Music Room)

4.05m x 2.65m (13’3” x 8’9”)

Utility Room

4.25m x 3.1m at widest points (14’ x 10’2”)

On the First Floor:

Bedroom 3 (Left)

3.45m x 3.35m (floor area) (11’4” x 11’)

Box room (Right)

3.25m x 2.35m at widest points (floor area) (10’9” x 7’8”)


The garden area lies to the front of the house, the space being enclosed by a wall or fencing and comprising a large lawn / drying green, a paved seating area by the door to the sun room, and a block-built garden shed. Established planting along the road side provides privacy particularly in the summer months.

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

To reach the property take the southernmost turning to Sandwick / Hoswick from the main Lerwick - Sumburgh road. Continue (do not turn left at Sandwick or right to Rompa) to the houses at Swinister and onwards to the ‘T’-junction at Stove. Turn right to Hoswick and drive into the village following the road past the Laurence J Smith knitwear premises and the visitors centre, and around to the south. ‘St Ninians Cottage’ is just around the corner from the visitors centre, a short distance along on the right hand side of the road immediately opposite a cream coloured timber clad house 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.

Personally I was absolutely delighted with how it was handled from start to finish. Also, As a couple, Beth and myself were hugely impressed with the professionalism, attention to detail and speed your team delivered to us selling both property and buying another.
David Simpson
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