The Old Manse, Mossbank, ZE2 9RB

Under offer
Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:


Council Tax:

Band C


Under offer


5 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen / diner, bathroom & separate WC, large outbuilding.


Substantial five bedroom / two reception room detached former manse set in ¾ acre walled garden in a prominent position close to the school in the centre of the village of Mossbank, a convenient location for access to Brae & Sullom Voe. Lerwick 27 miles.

The property enjoys stunning panoramic views along Yell Sound to the north, eastwards over the islands of Samphrey & Linga and out to sea to the Skerries in the distance, and south to Lunna Ness.

Providing spacious grandly proportioned double glazed accommodation, this fantastic family home offers a particularly light and airy interior comprising a 22' living room, separate dining room, kitchen / diner & toilet on the ground floor, three large double bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor, plus a further two generous double bedrooms on the second floor.

The huge garden is mainly laid to lawn aside from paved patio areas to the front and rear of the house. A sizeable 32' x 12' stone outbuilding offers possibly potential for conversion to self-catering accommodation or perhaps a home office, or it simply provides masses of useful storage.

General Information

'The Old Manse' is situated in the centre of the village of Mossbank in the North Mainland area of Shetland approximately 27 miles north of Lerwick. There is a primary school and childrens' play park and a community hall close by, and about a mile away on the road back towards Lerwick, a local shop & post office.

Further amenities are also available in Brae (approximately eight miles), the main population centre for the North Mainland, these including a High School, leisure centre / swimming pool, supermarket, health centre (including dental suite), plus several other shops, a couple of garages, an award winning fish & chip shop, hotel & bar. The location of the property means it is well placed for access to Sullom Voe oil terminal and the new gas plant, and also Scatsta Airport.

The area is known for its otter population and whales can be often be seen in the sound.


On the Ground Floor:-

Rear Porch / Utility Area

There is a 'formal' entrance via the porch to the front of the house although in practice entry is usually to the rear closest to the parking area, where a hardwood door opens to a porch with useful utility area with worktop with space below for a washing machine & tumble dryer (appliances not included), storage space under the stairs, tile effect vinyl flooring and doors to a toilet and the main hall.


(Approx. 2m x 0.7m) (6'7" x 2'3") With white WC & wash hand basin.


The door from the rear porch opens to an inner hallway with doors to the kitchen and dining room, original staircase to the first floor, laminate flooring and a storage heater. The original cornice remains and there is a feature light fitting. Ahead a further hallway with space for coats etc., and a door to the living room, leads to the single glazed front porch.

Living Room

(Approx. 6.75m x 4m) (22'3" x 13'1") Generously proportioned room benefitting from a triple aspect, all the windows having curtains & blinds, featuring an impressive wooden fireplace surround said to have used wood from the old pier, with a tiled hearth providing space for a solid-fuel stove if required, although there are also two storage heaters, one with added convector facility. Lighting is provided by a chandelier style centre light and additional ceiling spotlights.

Dining Room

(Approx. 3.85m x 3.2m) (12'8" x 10'6") Another large reception room, with window to the front of the house, wood laminate flooring, feature light fitting & storage heater.


(Approx. 3.5m x 3.4m) (11'6" x 11'2") Large kitchen to the rear of the house with modern units including an inset 1&½ bowl sink below the window, corner carousel, gas cooker point and plumbing for dishwasher (appliances not included) 'V'-lined celling, picture rail, triple pendant light fitting, tile effect laminate flooring & storage heater.

On the First Floor:-


The carpeted stair which is lit by a rear window over, leads up to a carpeted landing with painted original doors to three generous double bedrooms, the bathroom, and the stair to the second floor. Storage heater.


(Approx. 3.9m x 2.9m at widest points) (12'10" x 9'6") Spacious family bathroom with white three piece suite including a corner bath and wash hand basin with cupboard space above & below, plus a separate corner shower enclosure with 'Bristan' electric shower. Built-in cupboard housing the hot water tank, & vinyl flooring.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 3.95m x 3.9m) (13' x 12'10") Master bedroom with windows to the south & east, fitted carpet, original cornice, centre light fitting & panel heater.

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 3.9m x 3.65m) (12'10" x 12') Another double bedroom, again benefitting from a dual-aspect, this time to the north and east. Original fireplace surround (this is presently capped but is thought it could be re-used but should be tested prior to use), fitted carpet & panel heater.

Bedroom 3

(Approx. 3.4m x 2.95m) (11'2" x 9'8") Carpeted rear-facing double bedroom with panel heater.

On the Second Floor:-


The final door to the first floor landing opens to a staircase leading up to the second floor, a glazed panel allowing light to filter through from the window to the front of the house, the carpeted landing on the second floor having doors to two very large double bedrooms both with Velux windows with integral blinds to the front and rear, wood laminate flooring and a panel heater, and a box room.

Bedroom 4

(Approx. 5.3m x 3.6m (floor area)) (17'5" x 11'10")

Bedroom 5

(Approx. 5.3m x 4.4m (floor area)) (17'5" x 14'6")

Box Room

(Approx. 2.4m x 1.75m (floor area)) (8' x 5'9") It is thought this room could potentially provide space for a shower room subject to compliance with any necessary regulations. Velux window with integral blind.


As noted the property sits within a substantial walled site estimated to extend to around ¾ acre or thereby, it being mostly laid to lawn and therefore providing a huge amount of outside space perfect for families particularly given that it is enclosed by a wall.

A gate in the south west corner opens to a driveway leading to a parking area by a large stone-built detached outbuilding behind the house measuring approximately 9.8m x 3.8m (32' x 12'6") which has a power supply and has been re-roofed at some point in the past with 'Decra' type tiles.

It could potentially be converted into self-catering accommodation perhaps, or a home office (any alterations would be subject to the usual consents required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard) or it simply provides a large amount of storage space. Between the parking area and the house is a large west-facing paved patio, the paving extending around both sides of the house to a further patio area outside the front porch.

In addition to vehicular access to the rear, a gate from the roadside opens to a path to the front porch with mature lawns to either side. There is a particularly secluded garden area with mature trees and planting in the north-east corner of the site.

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 the Shetland Islands Council website.

Energy Performance

Energy Efficiency Rating: F(29)

Property Location

The property is situated on the Mossbank road approximately a mile from the junction with the road between Voe & Toft. The house is situated on the left hand side of the road with the access being just before 'The Old Manse', between it and 'Norwood', a white painted house right by the roadside.

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