Key details

Address
House & Croft, Saltness, Walls, ZE2 9PF
Features
2 bedrooms • living room • kitchen • shower room • sun porch • small garage & shed
Status
Sold
Entry
By arrangement.

  • receptions 1 Reception Room
  • bedrooms 2 Bedrooms
  • bathrooms 1 Bathroom
  • Council Tax Band: B
  • Energy Efficiency: D (59)

Overview

Great opportunity to acquire a 20 acre (8 hectares) owner occupied registered croft with a two bedroom detached house, in a spectacular very scenic, rural setting just outside the village of Walls on Shetland’s sunny westside. The croft benefits from a significant length of coastline and the house enjoys stunning views over Vaila Sound and the islands of Linga and Vaila. Lerwick approximately 25 miles.

In addition to the two bedrooms, the single storey accommodation also includes a living room, kitchen, modern shower room and sun porch. There is also a small garage, separate shed plus the shell of an original croft house which could potentially be converted into separate accommodation subject to the usual consents required.

A range of amenities including the local shop (with fuel pumps), primary school, health centre and even a small community swimming pool for private hire, are within easy reach.

This is a particular attractive croft setting – early viewing recommended.

Location

This house and croft is conveniently situated just outside the picturesque village of Walls which is situated on the south side of Shetland’s sunny west side, approximately 25 miles from Lerwick.

Clustered around the head of Vaila Sound, the village has a wide range of amenities which are within easy reach of the house, these including a primary school / nursery, shop & post office, fuel pumps, health centre, a small community swimming pool for private hire, village hall as well as a pier, marina and boating club. The village hosts an annual agricultural show and regatta. A commuter bus service operates to Lerwick daily with several additional services at other times during the day.

Further amenities are available at Bixter, approximately 7 miles back towards Lerwick (another shop, health centre, vet’s surgery & garage), and also Aith, about 3 miles north of Bixter where the West Mainland Junior High School and leisure centre / swimming pool are situated.

Further information about the local area can be found at:-

https://www.shetland.org/visit/plan/areas/westside

The House

The house is situated right in the centre of the croft land well away from other houses. The main orientation is to the south-east and south-west though it enjoys fine all round views in particular over the croft land and across to the islands of Linga and Vaila.

Entry to the house is via a large single glazed porch which provides a pleasant place to sit and enjoy the views to three sides. The floor is tiled and an inner door opens to the hall with built-in shelved airing cupboard housing the ‘Megaflo’ hot water tank, a hatch to the loft space and one of the two ‘Panasonic’ heating units which are connected to the external air source heat pump. On the left is the living room which leads through into the kitchen, whilst ahead and to the right is the shower room and the two bedrooms.

The living room is a bright room benefiting from a dual aspect, one of the windows, a large picture window spanning almost the full width of one wall, taking full advantage of the view to Linga etc as well as letting in lots of natural light. Heating is provided by a second ‘Panasonic’ heating unit, this time ceiling mounted. The flooring is wood effect laminate which extends into the adjoining kitchen via a wide archway. The kitchen has two windows facing north-west, space for a small table & chairs and fitted units including an inset sink and plumbing for a washing machine which is included in the sale along with the gas cooker and fridge / freezer. A cast iron stove set on a tiled hearth provides a cosy heat source although the room also has an electric storage heater.

The shower room was completely re-fitted at the end of last year and now comprises a contemporary style white WC and wash hand basin set on a wall-hung cupboard unit which provides handy storage and has a mirror over. The corner shower has a ‘rainfall’ shower head. The floor is attractively tiled and heating is provided by heated towel rail.

Finally there are two carpeted double bedrooms both facing north-east and also enjoying open views.

The property is being sold with most of the furniture and contents as presently in the property (photos taken prior to removal of personal effects, pictures and other items) included with the exception of the large kilim rug in the living room, the desk, kitchen table and four chairs (in kitchen & porch).

Rooms Sizes (All approximate)

Living Room

4.25m x 3.3.m (14’ x 10’10”)

Kitchen

4.25m x 2.65m (14’ x 8’9”)

Shower Room

2.25m x 1.95m at widest points (7’5” x 6’4”)

Bedroom 1

3.25m x 2.65 (10’8” x 8’8”)

Bedroom 2

3.6m x 2.7m (11’10” x 8’10”)

Porch

2.85m x 2.4m (9’3” x 8’)

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band B. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation. Council Tax Bands may be reassessed by the Joint Valuation Board when a property is sold. Details of Council Tax rates can be found on Shetland Island Council’s website at:

http://www.shetland.gov.uk/counciltax/charges.asp

The Croft

The owner occupied registered croft of Tangwick (Register No: Z2422) is estimated to extend in total to around just over 20 acres (8 hectares) as shown on the plan. The croft has already been registered on the map based crofting register (C4521). The site of the house which sits in the middle of the croft has not been de-crofted and therefore cash only offers can be considered.

The croft includes a significant length of coastline stretching from the inlet to the east and around the shore to the west side of house. The remains of a former store at the head of the inlet could potentially provide a great sheltered spot for a small pier or pontoon.

Access to the house is over a track from the public road which leads to a parking area by the house where there is a small fenced garden with well-stocked planted area, areas of lawn and a wooden garden shed (approximately 3.5m x 2.3m (11’6” x 7’6”)). There is also a further fenced drying green and fenced area to the rear where trees have been planted. By the parking area is a garage / shed (approximately 4.7m x 2.8m (15’6” x 9’2”).

On the east side of the house by a small park enclosed by a stone dyke, is the roofless shell of the original croft house and adjoining byre. It is understood that this has service connections and could potentially be converted into a separate dwelling although this would be subject to the usual consents required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard. There is a stone-built byre on the west side of the croft.

The croft is registered with the Crofting Commission. Prospective purchasers requiring advice/information in this regard should discuss with their own agents or contact the Crofting Commission at: Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW. General information on crofting can be found on the Commission’s website at:-

https://www.crofting.scotland.gov.uk/crofting-development

No stock is included.

Property location

To reach the croft drive into to Walls and turn immediately left by the shop following signs for Whiteness, the Germatwatt Centre & Wastview Care Centre. Pass the shop and continue along the road passing the marina and care centre on the right, and the health centre on the left. Continue to the brow of a hill, across a cattle grid, and the track to the croft is on the right, shortly after the national speed limit sign and the very last house on the left.

Many thanks for dealing with our sale so efficiently.
Mrs Moses
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House & Croft, Saltness, Walls, ZE2 9PF