Vatnabrekk, Swinister, Sandwick, ZE2 9HH

Under offer
Key Details

Reception Rooms:

2 + conservatory





Energy Efficiency:

D (59)

Council Tax:

Band E


Under offer


• 4 bedrooms • 2 reception rooms • conservatory • kitchen / living / dining room & utility • shower room & en-suite bathroom • hobby room / office • garden / boat shed, polytunnel & greenhouse


Spacious 4 bedroom / 2 reception detached family home with the added benefit of a 24' conservatory and large hobby room / home work place, set in a delightful well-established garden enjoying fine views over the surrounding countryside.

The living room, separate dining room and stunning conservatory provide plenty of living space whilst there is also a 22' fitted kitchen with integral appliances, a modern shower room and en-suite bathroom to the main bedroom. The house is fully double glazed and benefits from heating provided by an air source heat pump supplemented by electric panel heaters.

Considerable effort has gone into the garden over the years, extensive mature planting and shrubbery creating a particularly secluded garden area with ample parking, a polytunnel, separate garden / boat shed & greenhouse, a large patio outside the conservatory providing a great place to sit and enjoy the views.

The adjoining house ('Westland') is also for sale offering the possibility of acquiring two properties, one to live in, the other providing rental accommodation or space for a dependent relative.

Early viewing essential.

General Information

A wide range of local amenities makes Sandwick a popular location, the village which is spread out over a fairly wide area also being conveniently situated mid-way between Lerwick 13 miles to the north, and the airport at Sumburgh, 13 miles to the south, both being within easy reach either by car or by bus as Lerwick - Sumburgh buses run through the village.

In addition to the local shop, post office & bakery at Stove there is also a Junior High School with nursery, primary and secondary (to year 4) schooling, and unusually for a village of around 950 people, a public swimming pool, all of which are within reasonable walking distance.

Other amenities include a youth and community centre, social club plus a visitor's centre / tearoom at Hoswick, and slightly further afield Sandsayre pier at Leebitton is the departure point for boat trips to the island of Mousa and its famous broch.

'Vatnabrekk' is situated on a small private estate of eight detached houses on the south-west side of Sandwick, the property being situated on the west of the development just above the Burn of Hoswick which runs along the bottom of the garden, the position of the house meaning it enjoys fine views to the south and west over the surrounding countryside and to the sea and across to Levenwick in the far distance. The area along the burn at the bottom of the garden has been extensively planted by a local community group (Gaets Garden and Ecology Trail) in recent times creating an unusually wooded area (for Shetland) with a path leading to the small hamlet of Hoswick and the coast.

The house was built in 1993 of timber frame construction clad externally with rendered concrete block work. A spacious conservatory was added in 2005, a further large hobby room in 2016. Windows are double glazed, including in the conservatory, and heating is provided by a 'Panasonic' air source heat pump serving units in the living room, kitchen, hall & main bedroom, the system providing heating as well as air conditioning, the remaining bedrooms having electric panel heaters (as does the conservatory), the bath / shower rooms benefiting from electric underfloor heating. The attached hobby room has a 'Dimplex Quantum' storage heater. A 210 litre 'Megaflo' hot water cylinder provides hot water.

The sale will include all carpets and other fixed floor coverings, the blinds and light fittings.

The adjacent property 'Westland', another four bedroom house, is also for sale offering the possibility of purchasing both properties, one to live in, the other perhaps to be used as self-catering accommodation as is the case at present, or alternatively it would be an ideal set up for anyone looking for a family home with additional accommodation for a dependent relative. For further details on 'Westland' see insert website link.


A large covered porch area provides the entrance to the property, the front door opening to a vestibule with tiled floor, handy built-in meter / cloak cupboard and a glazed inner door opening to the hall laid with wood laminate flooring, a further built-in cupboard on the left providing storage and space for coats, boots etc. Off the main entrance area of the hall glazed doors lead to the living room, dining room and kitchen, whilst the a passageway to the left continues to the bedrooms, a shower room and a second built-in cupboard housing the hot water tank. A hatch provides access to the loft space.

The living room which has the same laminate flooring as the hall, is an attractive good-sized space with glazed double doors with side lights either side leading to the conservatory, further windows to the front of the house and to the porch area providing additional natural light. A flame effect electric fire is an attractive focal point although the room has a heating unit fed by the air source heat pump. Artificial lighting is provided by several wall lights and a feature centre light.

The double glazed conservatory provides a great additional living area which is well-placed to enjoy the fine views over the garden and open countryside beyond. It is lit by recessed ceiling spotlighting controlled by dimmer switches, and has a tiled floor and two panel heaters. The conservatory furniture will be included in the sale. At the far end patio doors open to the garden, a further set of glazed double doors leading to the separate dining room, again a good-sized room with the same laminate flooring, the dining area having a 'rise & fall' light fitting over.

Next to the dining room is a very generously proportioned breakfasting kitchen which has lots of natural light provided by two south-east windows facing. It has extensive units including a peninsular breakfast bar with glazed cabinet over which separates the kitchen area from a further living / study area which has further fitted units. The kitchen has a full range of integral 'Neff' appliances including a double oven, the top oven being a combined oven / microwave, with warming drawer below, a concealed larder fridge with handy pull-put larder unit to one side, a five ring induction hob with cooker hood over and pan drawers below, plus a concealed 'Bosch' dishwasher. 'Franke' 1½ bowl sink, corner carousel and colourfully tiled splashbacks. Tile effect laminate flooring is laid throughout the whole space and lighting is provided by recessed ceiling spotlights and two centre lights.

Off the kitchen is a utility room with a sink / cupboard unit with plumbing and space below for a washing machine / freezer etc. (appliances not included), and a glazed door to the garden.

Continuing on down the hall passageway, on the right is a modern shower room comprising a large walk-in shower with additional body jets plus a white WC and wash hand basin set in fitted units providing handy storage and shelf space for toiletries etc. Underfloor heating below the tiled floor, ladder style heated towel rail / radiator & recessed ceiling spotlighting.

The remaining accommodation comprises the four bedrooms, the south-east facing main bedroom having a built-in wardrobe with fitted shelving and hanging rail, and a bright en-suite with bath with shower & glazed screen over plus a white WC & wash hand basin again set in a fitted unit. Mirror / light over the wash hand basin and underfloor heating below the tiled floor. The three other carpeted double bedrooms are situated to the front of the house, one presently being used as an office. Bedrooms 3 & 4 have built-in wardrobes.

The later extension to the property is accessed via a separate glazed door, the space providing a substantial lined and insulated hobby room with windows to the front and rear, wood laminate flooring, recessed ceiling spotlighting and a storage heater. It would be an ideal environment for anyone working from home being quite separate from the main accommodation. At ceiling hatch gives access to a storage area in the loft.

Rooms Sizes

Living Room

Approx. 5.55m x 4.1m (18'3" x 13'6")

Dining Room

Approx. 4.4m x 3m (14'6" x 9'11")


Approx. 7.25m x 3.05m extending to 3.65m at widest point (23'9" x 10' / 12')


Approx. 6.85m x 3m (22'6" x 9'10")

Shower Room

Approx. 3m x 1.95m (9'10" x 6'4")

Main Bedroom 1

Approx. 3.65m x 3.6m at widest points (12' x 11'10")

En-suite Bathroom

Approx. 2.25m x 1.9m (7'5" x 6'4")

Bedroom 2

Approx. 3.2m x 3.15m (10'7" x 10'4")

Bedroom 3

Approx. 3.15m x 2.35m (10'4" x 7'9")

Bedroom 4

Approx. 3.15m x 2.35m (10'4" x 7'9")

Utility Room

Approx. 3m x 1.6m (9'10" x 5'3")

Hobby Room

Approx. 6.25m x 3.25m (20'6" x 10'8")


The property is situated in a small cul-de-sac comprising just eight houses, the section of road serving 'Vatnabrekk' only leading to one other house, 'Westland'. 'Vatnabrekk' is situated at the end of the road, the location on the edge of the cul-de-sac allowing for fine unrestricted views.

The site is unusually large including the additional grassed area south-east of the main garden. Gated access from the road leads to a substantial brick paved parking area in the front of the house where there is an external power point and cold water tap outside the hobby room extension.

To the right a pergola through the garden area to the side of the house where there is an octagonal greenhouse, to the main garden area lying to the south side of the house. Considerable thought and effort has been put into the garden over many years, the result being a large, attractively laid out outdoor space with lawned areas, stone dykes and an abundance of well-established planting providing privacy,

A large paved patio area with flag pole outside the conservatory provides a great place to sit and enjoy the fine views, the lawn beyond having several substantial stone features, a further paved patio area with raised deck / BBQ area enclosed by a fence providing a great outdoor dining space.

There is a very productive polytunnel (approx. 7m x 4m) with raised beds along each side and down the centre, power & water, plus a further large garden / boat shed (approx. 5.65m x 3.2m (18'6" x 10'6") with 'up & over' roller shutter door, separate side access, two windows, power & lighting and cold water tap outside.

A part-paved, part brick paved path bordered by well-established flower beds, continues along the south-east side of the house, two pergolas providing access to the additional grassed area to the south east which extends the original already quite large garden still further.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band E. 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 (59)

Property Location

To reach the property take the southernmost turning to Sandwick from the main Lerwick - Sumburgh road and follow signs for Hoswick (do not turn left to Sandwick). Follow the road down the hill and around the sharp turn to the left. Drive to the first main group of houses on the right and turn right into a small cul-de-sac with well-established trees enclosing the garden on the left hand corner. Follow the road to the end passing the first turning on the left, and continue around to the left to two houses, 'Vatnabrekk' being the second one on the right, the only other house being accessed by this section of road being 'Westland' which is also for sale.

To see the location of the property in an overall Shetland context, adjust the zoom by clicking the + or - buttons. Use the 'Map', 'Satellite' & 'Hybrid' buttons to switch between an ordnance survey style road map, a satellite aerial photograph or a combination (hybrid) of the two. Please note that the date of the satellite image is unknown and may not show new buildings.

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Harper Macleod were a dream to work with when marketing our home. Robert Bell was professional, timely and organised when it came to all aspects of the marketing and correspondence. He took beautiful photographs for marketing and we felt he really understood our proprieties best features and exemplified this. We would not hesitate to use Harper Macleod again in the future and cannot thank them enough for making the selling process so easy

Mr & Mrs Sjoberg

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