Voe House, Lower Voe, ZE2 9PX

Offers Over £365,000
Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

E (53)

Council Tax:

Band G


Offers Over £365,000




By arrangement

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• 7 en-suite double bedrooms • 2 reception rooms • kitchen • laundry / utility room • triple garage & detached store

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Occupying a commanding position just above the shore at the head of the voe of Olna Firth, 'Voe House' is an historic Grade B listed detached house surrounded by mature trees and enjoying stunning uninterrupted views along the voe. Lerwick 17 miles; Brae 5 miles.

Set in around 1¾ acres close by the marina in the picturesque setting of Lower Voe, the property is presently used as staff accommodation for Sullom Voe Terminal for which there is an HMO Licence, the property therefore offering potential for B&B / Guest House use or as an extremely comfortable and highly desirable family home.

The double glazed accommodation which is arranged over three floors and retains some original features, comprises seven en-suite double bedrooms, two impressive reception rooms, a kitchen and laundry / utility room, all benefiting from central heating provided by an oil-fired boiler.

General Information


'Voe House' is situated in a commanding position at the head of the voe of Olna Firth in the picturesque setting of Lower Voe on the west side of Mainland Shetland about 17 miles north of Lerwick, Shetland's capital and main town, about 5 miles south of Brae, the main population centre in the North Mainland area, and about 11 miles south of Sullom Voe Terminal, Shetland's good road network putting all within easy commuting reach.

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, with over 100 islands, 15 of which are inhabited. The islands are home to around 23,000 people and offer a vibrant and safe community enjoying dramatic and unspoilt scenery and an abundance of wildlife.

A daily overnight ferry service from Lerwick operated by Northlink Ferries provides a sea link to Aberdeen (www.northlinkferries.co.uk), whilst Loganair (www.loganair.co.uk) operates direct flights from Sumburgh at the very southern tip of Shetland to Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow, islanders presently being entitled to discounted air travel.

Centrally situated within Shetland, Voe is an ideal base from which to explore the islands, two roads leading north, the first to Brae and Northmavine, the second to the ferry to the Outer Isles, Yell & Unst, the road south leading to Lerwick & Scalloway. The road which runs past the house continues westwards towards Aith & Bixter and beyond to the West Mainland.

The main residential part of the village lies over on the other side of the main road, however the traditional and more distinctive area of Lower Voe which retains a Scandinavian appearance including the renovated Sail Loft, one of Shetland's collection of camping bods, is clustered around the pier at the head of Olna Firth, the pier having originally been a herring station, although more recently it has been redeveloped to incorporate a marina.

In the immediate vicinity of the house is the marina, a small restaurant / bar, and bakery, whilst slightly further afield on the main road is a local shop with fuel pumps.  Further amenities are however easily available in nearby Brae, these including a High School (nursery, primary & secondary schooling), leisure centre / swimming pool, health centre, Co-op mini-supermarket and award winning fish & chip shop, plus various other social and recreational amenities.

The House

Comprising two storeys and an attic with porch to the front, lean-to extensions to either side, and a further small wing to the rear, Grade B listed Voe House has played a significant role in the history of the local area having been the residence of the Adie family who had significant business interests in the area. The house was run as a hotel in the 1960's until being renovated in the early 1980's as accommodation for staff employed at the oil terminal. An HMO Licence (House of Multiple Occupation) was recently granted.

The house is stone-built and harled externally, below a slate roof, the slating to the rear extension having recently been renewed. Most windows have been replaced in recent times by double glazed sash & case windows in keeping with the listed status of the property, whilst central heating is provided by a Worcester 'Danesmoor' oil-fired boiler which supplies radiators throughout the house.

The well-proportioned accommodation which retains some original features comprises two generous reception rooms, a kitchen, en-suite double bedroom, laundry / utility room, two toilets and boiler room on the ground floor, four en-suite double bedrooms on the first floor, and two further en-suite attic double bedrooms on the second floor. Although en-suites have been added to all of the bedrooms this has been done sympathetically without unduly affecting the character of each room.

With its seven en-suite bedrooms the house is well-suited to use as a B&B / Guest House enabling an owner to capitalise on Shetland's huge press exposure in recent years thanks in particular to the BBC's recent dramatisation of Ann Cleeves' successful 'Shetland' crime novels, however it would equally suit use as a very comfortable family home, albeit with a larger-than-usual number of en-suite rooms.

The sale will include all white goods and the AGA although no warranties will be given. The furniture is available by separate negotiation.


On the Ground Floor:-

Front Porch

(Approx. 2.45m x 2.3m) (8' x 7'6") Entry is via a painted wood-lined porch with gable window looking down the voe and inner door opening to a large hall with doors either side to two spacious reception rooms, and at the rear an en-suite bedroom, the kitchen, and stair to the first floor.


(Approx. 6.05m x 4.85m) (19'10" x 15'10") Impressive main reception room with two windows to the front of the house enjoying the view along the voe. There is a fireplace surround with an open fire (would require testing prior to use) but also central heating. Built-in shelved cupboard.

Dining Room

(Approx. 5.8m x 4.85m) (19' x 15'10") Similarly-sized room, again with two windows facing north-west. Shelved cupboard.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 3.8m x 3.2m) (12'6" x 10'6") Double bedroom with glazed door to the garden, fireplace with open fire (would require testing prior to use) and wet room style en-suite shower room (approx. 2.15m x 1.95m) (7' x 6'6") with shower, WC & wash hand basin.


(Approx. 3.6m x 3.2m) (11'10" x 10'6") Situated to the rear and window facing south-east, the kitchen features grey, painted wood, country-style units incorporating an integral double oven, ceramic hob with concealed cooker hood over plus a free-standing larder fridge and dishwasher both included in the sale, and inset sink. There is also an oil-fired Aga which is thought to be in working order although has not been used in recent years and would require testing prior to use. Off the kitchen to the rear is a passageway leading to a disabled toilet (approx. 2.2m x 1.5m) (7'3" x 5') with WC & wash hand basin, and a back door; to the side the laundry / utility room.

Laundry / Utility Room

(Approx. 3.5m x 3.15m) (11'6" x 10'4") With run of fitted units including inset sink, two washing machines and two tumble-dryers all of which will be included in the sale along with the larder freezer. Door to:-


(Approx. 3.25m x 2.1m) (10'8" x 6'10") With door to the garden and WC / boiler room off.

On the First Floor:-


The stair from the hall which is lit by a large window to the rear of the house, leads up to the first floor landing with lobbies either side to four large en-suite double bedrooms, the en-suite shower rooms each comprising a WC, wash hand basin & shower.

The two larger rooms are situated to the front of the house enjoying the fine view, one having extensive fitted wardrobes. The two other rooms look out over the back garden.

Bedroom 2 - Tern (Tirrick)

(Approx. 4.1m x 4.7m + wardrobes) (13'6" x 15'6") En-suite Shower Room (Approx. 1.75m x 1.65m) (5'9" x 5'6")

Bedroom 3 - Puffin (Tammie Norrie)

(Approx. 3.9m x 3.4m) (12'10" x 11'2") En-suite Shower Room (Approx. 2.55m x 1.7m) (8'4" x 5'8")

Bedroom 4 - Seal (Selkie)

(Approx. 5.15m x 4.1m) (17' x 13'6") En-suite Shower Room (Approx. 3.25m x 1.95m) (10'8" x 6'4")

Bedroom 5 - Otter (Dratsie)

(Approx. 3.95m x 3.8m) (12'11" x 12'6") En-suite Shower Room (Approx. 2.55m x 2.15m) (8'4" x 7')

On the Second Floor:-


The stair continues up to two substantial coomb ceiling double bedrooms on the top floor, each with a similarly finished en-suite, a gable window and Velux rooflight.

Bedroom 6 - Horse (Rol)

(Approx. 5m x 4.7m (floor area)) (16'4" x 15'5") En-suite Shower Room (Approx. 2.25m x 1.8m (floor area)) (7'4" x 6')

Bedroom 7 - Rabbit (Kyunnen)

(Approx. 4.7m x 4.15m (floor area)) (15'6" x 13'8") En-suite Shower Room (Approx. 2.25m x 1.8m (floor area)) (7'4" x 6')


The property sits in a substantial mature site estimated to extend to approx. 1¾ acres or thereby, the grounds providing a stunning setting to the house with large garden areas to the front and rear, a sweeping expanse of lawn to the front of the house sloping down to the roadside, and a further large lawned area to the rear. Unusually for Shetland the house is surrounded by well-established trees particularly to the sides and rear although these do not impact on the stunning open view of the voe to the west, one of the finest views in Shetland

Access is via a shared track which leads up to a tree-lined drive which continues up to a large parking area. Attached to the east side of the house is a large triple garage (approx. 8.65m x 5.2m) (28'6" x 17') although this is in poor condition and requires some attention, whilst the large detached store in the southern corner of the site also houses the oil tank. The grounds also include the further wooded area to the west of the house.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band G. 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: E (53)

Property Location

To reach the property from the main road north, turn left to Lower Voe on the south side of Voe. Drive through the first group of houses and down towards the shore until you reach the Sail Loft camping bod (the terracotta coloured building on the right) and the pier. The access to Voe House (signposted) is on the left just before the bod, the access running behind a shed right on the roadside.

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This schedule is intended only to help you decide whether to view the property. We always recommend you view the property personally.

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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