• 3 bedrooms • sittingroom • kitchen / dining room • bathroom
Three bedroom semi-detached former schoolhouse situated in a delightful garden in the small settlement of Haroldswick at the north end of Unst, Britiain's most northerly inhabited island.
Arranged over two floors, the accommodation comprises a porch, hall, sittingroom and kitchen / dining room on the ground floor, plus three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs.
Although modernised at some point and double glazed, this is a property of character with a hand-built kitchen and varnished wooden floors to most rooms.
Although remote, the island of Unst has an excellent range of local amenities a couple of miles from the house including a swimming pool / leisure centre, school, several local shops and a doctors' surgery. The island is connected to mainland Shetland by a regular ro-ro ferry service which runs via the neighbouring island of Yell.
'The Old Schoolhouse' is situated in the small settlement of Haroldswick, one of the most northerly settlements in the British Isles which overlooks the sheltered bay of Harold's Wick to the north end of Unst, Britain's most northerly inhabited island.
Although measuring just 12 miles long x 5 miles wide, the population of around 650 benefits from a range of amenities probably far in excess of what might normally be expected given the remote location, these mostly being situated in the nearby village of Baltasound a couple of miles south of the property, the main population centre on the island, amenities there including several local shops and a post office, a Junior High School (primary & secondary education to year 4), a superb leisure centre / swimming pool, doctors' surgery, garage and pier / marina. In Haroldswick itself there is a tearoom and the Unst Boat Haven, a small maritime museum dedicated to the traditional small boats of Shetland, and of course also the heritage centre adjoining the house.
Unst is renowned for its dramatic coastline and stunning rugged landscape, its Viking heritage and a rich variety of bird and other wildlife. There are many places of interest making the island a popular visitor destination, in particular Hermaness National Nature Reserve, the Keen of Hamar Reserve, Muckle Flugga Lighthouse, Muness Castle and fine beaches at Norwick, Skaw, Sandwick, Westing & Burrafirth.
A regular ro-ro ferry service connects Unst with mainland Shetland, ferries running throughout the day from Belmont at the south end of the island, to Gutcher on the neighbouring island of Yell (10 minute crossing), and from Ulsta at the south end of Yell to Toft on mainland Shetland (20 minute crossing), Toft being situated about 27 miles north of Lerwick, Shetland's capital.
The Shetland Islands themselves, the most northerly part of the United Kingdom are located approximately 100 miles north of mainland Scotland and 200 miles west of Bergen Norway. A daily overnight ferry service from Lerwick operated by Northlink Ferries (www.northlinkferries.co.uk) provides a sea link to mainland Scotland. Loganair (www.loganair.co.uk) operates direct flights from Sumburgh at the very southern tip of Shetland to Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow.
This stone-built property was originally the school house to the adjoining former school which was later extended and turned into a heritage centre. The property is double glazed (except for the small window under the stairs) and heated by electric storage / panel heaters supplemented by a cosy solid-fuel stove in the sittingroom.
On the Ground Floor:-
(Approx. 1.5m x 1.5m) (5'5" x 5'5") Entry to the property is to the side of the house, the double glazed front door opening to a porch with window to the front, decorative tiled floor and part-glazed inner door to the hall.
(Overall approx. 4.75m x 2.25m inc. stair) (15'6" x 7'4") On entering the hall, the sittingroom is to the left whilst on the right is a pine staircase to the first floor behind which is a small space which would make a good study area perhaps (there are a couple of power points), and door to the kitchen. Wood-effect laminate flooring, telephone point & storage heater.
(Approx. 3.85m x 3.5m) (12'7" x 12') South-east facing room with double window overlooking the pond and the garden, varnished wooden floorboards and a fireplace surround housing an enameled solid-fuel stove with display alcove to one side.
Kitchen / Dining Room
(Approx. 5.15m x 1.95m (kitchen space) extending to 3.15m at widest point (dining area)) (16'10" x 6'4" / 10'4") The kitchen is situated to the rear of the house with two windows enjoying an open aspect over the field immediately behind to the hills beyond. There is space for a table & chairs and handmade units to the kitchen area, on one side fitted around a 'Rangemaster' electric cooker with tiled splashback and pan shelf over; on the other side is a chunky solid wood worktop with Belfast sink and dresser-style wall cabinet over. The antique chest with its marble top will be included in the sale along with the plumbed-in washing machine. Two built-in cupboards to the dining area provide additional storage space, one a shelved pantry cupboard with recess housing a fridge / freezer, again included, the other an airing cupboard housing the hot water tank. The flooring is part wooden floorboards, part quarry tiled, and two storage heaters provide heating. Double glazed side door.
On the First Floor:-
The pine staircase which is lit by a window to the side of the house, leads up to a small landing on the first floor which like all three of the bedrooms, has varnished wooden floorboards. Fitted bookshelf and hatch to the loft space.
(Approx. 2.9m x 2.8m (floor area)) (9'7" x 9'2") Double room with dormer window to the rear of the house & panel heater.
(Approx. 3.1m x 2.95m at widest points (floor area)) (10'2" x 9'9") Another double, again with dormer window to the rear of the house & panel heater. Recess with fitted shelf and hanging space.
(Approx. 3.1m x 3.05m at widest points (floor area)) (10'2" x 10')
Another double, this time with dormer window to the front of the house enjoying the view over to the sea in the distance.
(Approx. 3m x 2.25m at widest points (floor area)) (9'10" x 7'4") Lit by a Velux window and tiled to the lower half of the walls, the bathroom comprises a white suite including bath with electric shower over, a WC & wash hand basin. Fitted shelving for towels / toiletries etc., vinyl flooring & storage heater.
The property sits in a garden enclosed by a wall with access via gates either to the road to the side of the property, or behind the heritage centre. Approaching from the side road a path leads up to the front door where a detached stone-built shed to the side provides useful external storage space. The main garden area however lies to the front (south) side of the house and is a delightful space with a pond outside the window to the sittingroom, beyond which is a lawn bordered by a stone dwarf wall with well-established planting around the perimeter, and finally a path meandering through a further heavily planted area at the end which contains a variety of shrubs and other planting.
Understood to currently be Band A. 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: F (24)
To reach the property drive north through Unst following the main road through Baltasound. On the approach to Haroldswick, pass the Viking longship and take the second turning right to Haroldswick. Follow the straight road to the heritage centre, the Old Schoolhouse being on the far side of it. The road to Feall passes along the side of the house however it is best to park in the heritage centre car park and walk around the back of the front extension where there is a gate to the garden.
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