Toogs, Isbister, Whalsay, ZE2 9AJ

Offers Over £220,000
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Band D


Offers Over £220,000




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Highly recommended - please telephone the seller direct on 01595 840 770 or 07769 703 467, or contact our reception.


4 bedrooms, living / dining room, kitchen / diner, 3 bathrooms (one en-suite), utility room, garage & shed / summerhouse.

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Enjoying spectacular sea views, this single storey detached property provides attractively laid out family accommodation all on the one level in a small hamlet on the east side of the island of Whalsay.

In addition to four double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and walk-in wardrobe, the double glazed accommodation which benefits from oil-fired under floor heating throughout, also includes a spacious particularly bright living / dining room, fitted kitchen with room for a table & chairs and integral appliances, a bathroom, separate shower room and fitted utility room.

Externally there is a sizable lawn, ideal for families, which sweeps around the south and west sides of the house, a large decked area, detached garage with electric garage door, and separate shed / summerhouse, the total site area including access being just under ½ acre.

Whalsay is connected to mainland Shetland by a regular ro-ro ferry service which runs throughout the day from Symbister about 4 miles from the house, to Laxo 22 miles north of Lerwick.

General Information

'Toogs' is situated in the small hamlet of Isbister on the east side of the island of Whalsay, the 6th largest of the Shetland Islands. Long known as the 'Bonnie Isle', Whalsay, home to a population of around 1,000, measures just 5 miles long and 2 miles wide, the main settlement being at Symbister about 4 miles from the house. Symbister is also the location of the ferry terminal from where a regular 30 minute ro-ro ferry service links the island to Laxo, Vidlin approximately 22 miles north of Lerwick.

Despite its small size and remote, although easily accessible location, the islanders enjoy an excellent range of amenities far beyond what might normally be expected. These are mainly based around Symbister and include a High School (primary & secondary schooling to Year 4), a leisure centre with heated swimming pool, a couple of local shops and a post office. The north of the island is also the location of Britain's most northerly 18 hole golf course at Skaw. Bolstered by fishing, the main industry on the island, Whalsay has a thriving community with plenty of local activities. The Whalsay History Centre housed in the former farm buildings of Symbister House has lots of historical information. The highest point on the island, the 'Ward of Clett' provides a great panoramic view of the east coast of mainland Shetland.

The house was constructed in 1997. It is fully double glazed and benefits from under floor central heating throughout supplied by an external 'Grant' oil-fired condensing boiler. Mains pressure hot water is provided by an 'Albion Ultrasteel' hot water tank in a cupboard in the utility room.

There is cabling for satellite TV to the living room which also has cabling for ceiling mounted speakers which will remain. All fixed floor coverings, curtains & blinds, and light fittings will be included in the sale.



Access to the house is from the parking area to the rear where a uPVC double glazed door opens to a vestibule with wood laminate flooring and half-glazed inner door to the hall.


On entering the Hall sliding pine doors on the right conceal a handy built-in cloak cupboard fitted out with shelving and coat hooks, whilst to the left is a shower room and the utility room. Ahead the space attractively opens out into the main living / dining space via a series of three arches which make the entrance area of the hall particularly light and welcoming, the whole space being unified by the same wood laminate flooring. On the left another half-glazed door opens to the kitchen, whilst to the right the wide hallway passage leads to the four bedrooms and a bathroom, with a further set of sliding pine doors concealing another large built-in shelved airing cupboard which also houses the central heating controls. A hatch with pull-down ladder provides easy access to storage space in the loft which has a fitted light for convenience.

Shower Room

(Approx. 1.85m x 1.8m) (6'2" x 6') Attractively clad with wet-wall lining below a pine dado rail and around the shower cubicle which has a glazed screen / door, the shower room also a WC and wash hand basin set in a counter top which provides useful shelf space and has fitted cupboard space below. The floor is tiled and lighting is provided by recessed ceiling spotlights.

Utility Room

(Approx. 3.05m x 1.85m) (10'" x 6') Neatly fitted out with modern units set off by solid woodblock worktops either side of a ceramic sink, the utility room provides lots more storage space, the units concealing the hot water tank and electricity meters as well as providing space for a washing machine & tumble dryer (appliances not included). Space for coats etc., recessed ceiling spotlighting and laminate flooring matching that in the hall.

Kitchen / Diner

(Approx. 3.8m x 3.7m) (12'6" x 12'2") Enjoying a great view to the sea to the east, the good-sized kitchen has space for a table & chairs and ample fitted units to three walls incorporating a range of built-in appliances including an integral double oven, microwave, hob with cooker hood canopy over, plus a concealed fridge / freezer & dishwasher. The splashbacks are attractively tiled and there is an inset sink. Tiled floor & recessed ceiling spotlighting.

Living / Dining Room

(Approx. 8.3m x 3.6m (living area) extending to 4.1m at widest point (dining area)) (27'2 x 11'9" / 13'5") Great space with lots of natural light thanks to a large window area which also takes full advantage of the unrestricted views, including a bay window to the living area plus a second window facing east, all with wooden venetian blinds, plus sliding patio doors to the dining area with vertical blind. Stone effect cladding to one wall is a feature which ties in with the archway over the bay window, and surrounds a flame effect electrical fire. The whole space has wood laminate flooring matching that in the hall, and lighting is provided by a recessed ceiling spotlight plus additional feature lights to two of the arches to the hall.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 4.25m x 2.5m) (14' x 8'3") Rear-facing double bedroom presently used as an office, with a large recess fitted out with desk and shelving over, further storage space being provided by the display cabinets and book shelving opposite which will remain. Wood laminate flooring, wooden venetian blind & recessed ceiling spotlighting.

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 4.25m x 2.35m) (14'" x 7'9") Another similar sized room again with the same flooring as the hall, with sliding doors to a built-in double wardrobe with shelf & hanging space. Window blind & recessed ceiling spotlighting.

Bedroom 3

(Approx. 4.25m x 2.75m) (14' x 9') Further double room with built-in double wardrobe as bedroom 2, wood laminate flooring & window blind.


(Approx. 2.75m x 1.95m extending to 2.35m at widest point) (9' x 6'6" / 7'9") Family bathroom fitted out in a similar style to the shower room, again with wet-wall lining below a dado rail. Comprises corner bath with mixer tap / shower attachment, bidet, WC and wash hand basin again set in counter top with fitted cupboard space below, a further cupboard to the side providing additional storage space. Tiled, floor, window blind and recessed ceiling spotlighting.

Bedroom 4

(Approx. 4.85m x 2.75m) (13'4" x 9') Master bedroom this time to the front of the house and therefore enjoying the views, with fitted carpet, wooden venetian blind & recessed ceiling spotlighting. Extensive space for clothes is provided by a walk-in wardrobe with fitted hanging & shelf space. Door to:-

En-suite Shower Room

(Approx. 1.9m x 1.85m) (6'3" x 6') Finished as per the other shower room. Two bathroom cabinets included.


Access to the property is via the house's own tarred driveway which leads up to a large gravel parking area outside a detached garage measuring approx. 6m x 5m (19'8" x 16'5") with electric garage door, separate side door, four windows power & lighting, and a cold water tap. Its size allows parking space for a car yet still leaving plenty of workshop space. A large decked area between the house and the garage provides a great place for barbeques etc., and extends to the separate wooden shed / summerhouse. A large lawn sweeps around the south and west sides of the house, the area in front of the house surrounding a rockery / water feature with established planting and trees along the border.

Note: the adjoining property has access rights over the drive. There is a small triangular area in the north-west corner of the site which has been fenced in but is not on the title. The northern boundary will be pointed out at time of viewing.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band D. 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: D(58)

Property Location

To reach the property drive off the ferry and around the harbour, continuing up the hill past the shop. Follow the road to the left following signs for Skaw, then next right to Isbister. Pass the heritage centre, the school & leisure centre, then turn left at the 'T' junction. Follow the road through the island passing the Loch of Huxter on your right and the junction to Huxter, eventually reaching Isbister. At the bus shelter turn right to Nisthouse (do not follow the road to the left to Brough), continue past the head of the Loch of Isbister on your left and carry on towards a large grey agricultural shed at the end of the road. The drive to the house runs in front of the shed; 'Toogs' being the house on the left.

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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.

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