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• 4 bedrooms • sittingroom • kitchen / dining room • bathroom & separate toilet • utility area & box room • front & side porchs
With a stunning, very spacious interior with lots of character and some original features remaining, this is a detached former church building in the North Mainland of Shetland ideally situated for easy access to Brae, Sullom Voe and the Gas Plant. Lerwick approximately 26 miles.
The double glazed accommodation benefits from oil-fired central heating supplemented by a solid-fuel stove in the main 22' x 20' sittingroom space which leads through to a further similarly sized kitchen / dining room, both rooms wood-lined, each having a stair leading to the four bedrooms on the first floor (two each side), the remaining accommodation to the rear comprising a family bathroom with bath and separate shower, a separate toilet and utility area. The large porch to the west side of the property could potentially be used as a study area.
Externally there is extensive parking in front of the house and a lawn / drying green, seating area and garden shed to the rear.
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'The Old Firth Kirk' is situated on the edge of the village of Mossbank in the North Mainland area of Shetland approximately 8 miles north of Brae and 28 miles north of Lerwick. There is a local shop just down the road whilst in the village itself a short distance from the house, is the local primary school. Further amenities are however available in Brae, the main population centre in the North Mainland area, where there is a High School (school transport is provided), swimming pool & leisure centre, health centre & small supermarket. Buses run from Mossbank to Brae and Lerwick several times a day including a morning and evening commuter service.
The property comprises a former church believed to date from the late 1880's which is understood to have been converted into a house around 1980. Windows are double glazed and central heating is provided by an external oil-fired boiler supplemented by a solid-fuel stove in the main living space.
The sale will include all carpets and other fixed floor coverings, blinds & light fittings
On the Ground Floor:-
The main entrance to the property is via a wood-lined porch with double glazed front door and windows to either side, laminate flooring and a half-glazed inner door to the sittingroom.
(Approx. 6.75m x 6.1m) (22'3" x 20') The door from the porch opens to a substantial main living space retaining most of the original wood paneling to the walls, an impressive space with 'v'-lining to the ceiling and two windows facing east either side of a stone fireplace surround which houses a cast iron solid-fuel stove although there are also two central heating radiators, plus further windows to the front and rear. An open-tread pine stair leads to the two bedrooms on the east side of the first floor whilst a wide archway leads through to the similarly sized kitchen / dining room. A door to the rear leads to a rear lobby / utility area, the bathroom and a separate toilet.
Rear Lobby / Utility Area
(Approx. 2.85m x 1.75m) (9'5" x 5'10") With space for coats, plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer / freezer etc. (appliances not included), vinyl flooring and double glazed back door.
(Approx. 2.85m x 2.7m including built-in cupboard) (9'5" x 9') Attractively finished with painted wood-lining below a dado rail, this family bathroom comprises a white three piece suite plus a tiled shower enclosure with 'Mira' electric shower. A built-in shelved airing cupboard provides space for towels etc., it being open to the hot water tank housed in a cupboard behind off the kitchen. Vinyl flooring matching that in the utility area.
(Approx. 1.8m x 0.8m) (6' x 2'8") With white WC and wash hand basin set on fitted cupboard unit. 'V'-lined ceiling & vinyl flooring.
Kitchen / Dining Room
(Approx. 6.45m x 6.15m) (21'3" x 20'2") Another very generously proportioned space again with pine 'v'-lined ceiling, with further living / study and dining area separated by a second open-tread stair which leads to the two bedrooms on the west side of the first floor accommodation, plus a large fitted kitchen to the rear. Both the living and dining areas have a window to the front of the house; the kitchen window looks out to the rear. Laminate flooring to the living area matching that in the sittingroom, tile effect laminate to the kitchen and dining area. Again most of the original wood-lining remains, whilst a painted stone wall around the original door opening adds character.
The kitchen has extensive fitted units providing ample cupboard and worktop space, the units including an integral oven & hob with 'brick' tiled splashback and concealed cooker hood over, an inset sink and a large island unit. There is an integrated dishwasher but no warranties will be given. Again the ceiling is wood lined.
(Approx. 2.75m x 2.2m) (9' x 7'3") At the end of the kitchen a stripped original pine door opens to a large porch to the side of the house which could be used as an office space perhaps, with further double glazed entrance door and window to the rear, the painted stone wall being a feature. Wood laminate flooring.
On the First Floor (East Side):-
The stair from the sittingroom leads to a small landing with pine doors to a built-in wardrobe / cupboard and two bedrooms.
(Approx. 5.6m x 3.3m (floor area)) (18'6" x 10'9") Double room with painted 'v'-lined ceiling, Velux window with integral blind, wood laminate flooring and access to floored storage space in the eaves.
(Approx. 4.35m x 2.2m (floor area)) (14'3" x 7'3") Single bedroom with Velux window with integral blind, & wood laminate flooring.
On the First Floor (West Side):-
On this side the stairs lead to a second landing with pine doors to two bedrooms and a substantial box room.
(Approx. 6.15m x 2.7m extending to 2.95m at widest points (floor area)) (20'2" x 8'10" / 9'9") Large double room retaining the top of the original arched doorway as a striking feature. 'V'-lined ceiling, wood laminate flooring and Velux window with integral blind.
(Approx. 4.35m x ??m (floor area)) (12'3" x ??'??") Single bedroom again with Velux window with integral blind and wood laminate flooring.
(Approx. 4.6m x 1.7m (floor area)) (15' x 5'8") Substantial floored and lined box room providing a substantial amount of easily accessible storage space spanning the full width of the space behind the two single bedrooms. Laminate flooring & light.
The property sits in a fenced site, a large tarred area in front of the house providing extensive parking. At the rear is a lawn / drying green, seating area, wooden garden shed and cold water tap. The site also includes the semi-circular area bordered by the main road to the east.
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 the Shetland Islands Council website.
Energy Efficiency Rating: E (51)
The property is situated on the A968 Voe to Toft road immediately opposite the Mossbank junction. The road past the house leads to the ferry to the outer isles.
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