Westhaven, Huxter, Whalsay, ZE2 9AH

Under offer
Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

D (55)

Council Tax:

Band A


Under offer


Sittingroom, dining kitchen, four bedrooms, shower room, hall & porch. Walk-in loft space.


Four bedroom, detached property situated in small hamlet on the east side of the island of Whalsay, within easy reach of a wide range of amenities. The property has a mainly grassed garden area and enjoys a fine view over the Loch of Huxter to the sea.

In addition to four bedrooms, the double glazed accommodation also includes a sittingroom, dining kitchen & shower room. A 31’ walk-in attic provides extensive storage space or could perhaps provide space for a 2nd shower room, subject to consents.

Improvements in recent times include a new kitchen, installation of central heating supplied by a multi-fuel stove in the sittingroom, and refurbishment of the shower room.

Whalsay is connected to mainland Shetland by a regular ro-ro ferry service which runs from the ferry terminal about 2 miles from the house to Laxo / Vidlin. The island has an excellent range of amenities including a couple of shops, school, leisure centre & swimming pool, health centre, and even an 18 hole golf course.

General Information

‘Westhaven’ is situated in the small hamlet of Huxter overlooking the Loch of Huxter at the south east corner of the island of Whalsay, just under two miles from the ferry terminal at Symbister, the main settlement on the island and the location of all the main amenities.

Situated off the east coast of mainland Shetland, Whalsay, which measures around 5 miles long by 2 miles wide and has a population of around 1,000, is often referred to as ‘the Bonnie Isle’. The island has some magnificent scenery and the Ward of Clett, the highest point provides superb views of the east coast of Shetland. A 30 minute ro-ro ferry service which runs throughout the day to Laxo / Vidlin, about 20 miles from Lerwick, links the island with mainland Shetland.

Although offering a quieter outer isles location, the island has an excellent range of amenities which are centered around Symbister and include a school, two general stores and a post office, a doctor’s surgery & care centre. There are excellent sporting facilities including a superb leisure centre with heated swimming pool, games hall, fitness suite, squash court & all weather sports field, and Skaw at the north end of the island is home to Britain’s most northerly 18 hole golf course.

Symbister also has a marina and boating club and is home to several of Shetland’s biggest fishing boats.


On the Ground Floor:-


With plumbing for a washing machine, space for a freezer etc. (appliances available by separate negotiation), and an electric heater. Door to:-


Leading to the sittingroom, kitchen, two bedrooms & shower room. Two built-in cupboards, coat hooks, ceramic tiled floor, telephone point & radiator. A pine staircase with window to the half-landing leads to the first floor.

Dining Kitchen

(Approx. 3.65m x 3.05m at widest points) (12’ x 10’) Dual aspect room with space for a table & chairs and modern units in a cream finish set off by solid woodblock worktops, including a concealed integral dishwasher & fridge / freezer, ‘Belfast’ style ceramic sink & tiled splashbacks. The dual-fuel range cooker will be included in the sale. Built-in cupboard housing the hot water tank, and ceramic tile flooring matching that in the hall. Radiator.


(Approx. 4.25m x 3.65m) (14’ x 12’) Another dual-aspect room, this time with windows to the north and west. As well as supplying central heating system and hot water, the 'Charnwood’ 12kW wood burning stove set on a tiled fireplace surround provides a cosy heat source for the room although there is also a storage heater as back up. Laminate flooring, telephone point & satellite T.V. connection.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 3.7m x 3.65m at widest points) (12’2” x 12’) West-facing double bedroom with two built-in cupboards, satellite T.V. connection & radiator. The two additional large fitted wardrobes are included in the sale.

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 3.05m x 2.8m extending to 3.7m at widest point) (10’ x 9’3” / 12’2”) Small double bedroom enjoying a lovely view south over the loch and to the island of Noss in the distance. Built-in cupboard & radiator.

Shower Room

(Approx. 1.95m x 1.85m) (6’4” x 6’) Wet room style shower room with wet-wall lined walk-in shower with glazed screen & ‘Mira’ electric shower, plus WC & wash hand basin. Wall mirror, radiator & electric heater.

On the First Floor:-


With fitted bookshelves. Both the upstairs coomb ceiling bedrooms have a Velux window, built-in cupboard, radiator and access to the eaves space.

Bedroom 3

(Approx. 3.7m x 2.6m extending to 3.1m at widest point (floor area)) (12’3” x 8’6” / 10’2”) To the right.

Bedroom 4

(Approx. 4.05m x 2.55m extending to 3.1m at widest points) (13’3” x 8’5” / 10’2”) To the left.

Walk-in Loft Space

(Approx. 9.6m x 1.8m (floor area)) (31’6” x 6’) A further door from the landing opens to a sizeable floored loft with a Velux window providing extensive easily accessible storage space. A small area at one end has been partitioned off but the partition could be easily removed if required. It is thought this area could provide space for a shower room if required, and still leave plenty of storage space, although this would be subject to any necessary consents required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.


The property sits in a mainly grassed site which includes the driveway to the house and the area to the west of the drive between the house and the road. Cold water tap.

Council Tax

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 Performance

Energy Efficiency Rating: D (55)

Property Location

To reach the property from the ferry, drive around the harbour and up past the shop. At the top of the hill after the shop, follow the road around to the left to Skaw. Take the first junction right to Isbister and continue past the school & leisure centre to a ‘T’-junction and turn left. Follow the road past the Saeter houses and the Loch of Huxter on the right. Just after the loch turn right by the bus stop to Huxter. ‘Westhaven’ is the first house on the right immediately after the cattle grid.

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