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Armeria, Islesburgh, Sullom

PriceGuide price £200,000
AddressIslesburgh, Sullom, Shetland ZE2 9RE
TypeHouse + land


Unique opportunity to acquire a stunning 1¾ acre area of land (click here to see a plan of the site) including a detached house, lovely established garden which once featured on the ‘Beechgrove Garden’ TV series, a ¾ acre mature woodland, two potential house sites plus several outbuildings, all conveniently situated within easy reach of amenities in nearby Brae less than two miles to the south.

The house which was built in the early 1970s, has not been lived in for a number of years but has the potential to provide a detached family home with up to four bedrooms in this fantastic setting with the benefit of lots of outdoor space.

Next to the house is a shed/garage, potting shed and hen house.

The field behind the house has the potential to provide a couple of house sites subject to consents. Consideration may be given to selling the sites separately.


The house, which is of cavity blockwork construction below a ‘Decra’ tiled roof, has an internal ground floor area of around 87m². It has electricity and mains water. Drainage will be to one of two new septic tanks although the final connection has yet to be made. The house is not presentably habitable and requires complete refurbishment.

Entry is presently via a porch leading to a hall with a dual-aspect living room on the left, then the kitchen, again dual-aspect, behind, a shower room and two ground floor bedrooms, one north-facing, the other facing east.

From the hall a stair leads to the undeveloped first floor which has a floor area of approximately 11.35m long x 3.8m wide (37’ x 12’6) with a floor-to-ceiling height beneath the joists of 2.25m (7’6”) and gable windows at either end. The space could potentially provide two further bedrooms and a shower room although this would be subject to the necessary consents and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.

The property is being sold in its current condition and no warranties will be given in respect of any services or contents.


The grounds are estimated to extend to around 1¾ acres or thereby as shown on the plan, access being over a tarred road upgraded in recent years to meet modern standards (the cattle grid has also been replaced), which leads to a substantial parking area in front of the house. A slip to the right just before the house, would provide the access to the potential house sites.

The site was specifically chosen in the early 1970s by renowned Shetland gardener Johnny Copland, author of ‘Hardy plants in the north‘, as the ideal spot to create a successful garden due to its orientation, layout and shelter. He set about creating the delightful mature garden, very much a rarity in Shetland, which surrounds the house and has been lovingly tendered by his family ever since, this including a substantial vegetable plot. The result is a beautiful outdoor space enjoying a south and westerly aspect, glorious on a sunny summer’s day, the whole garden being well-stocked with a huge variety of trees, shrubs and plants attractively laid out around a series of smaller enclosures all set against the stunning backdrop of the Hill of ‘Hurda Field’ to the east.

There are several outbuildings by the house including a garage/shed (approximately 6.9m x 3.4m (22’8 x 11’2)) with garage doors at one end, and separate side door, a separate potting shed (approximately 2.2m x 1.6m (7’2 x 5’3)) and small hen house.

Opposite the house to the left of the drive, is a ¾ acre woodland area which was properly laid out at the start with drainage channels and paths (although these would now require a little cutting back) and now full of a variety of mature trees including sitka spruce, sycamores, willows, whitebeams and a rowan, again a quite unusual outdoor environment for Shetland.

The site also includes the large field to the west (rear) of the house which is thought to be of sufficient size to potentially accommodate two house sites although again this would be subject to the usual consents required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard. A house site on the north side of the field has the potential for stunning views of Mangaster Voe.

Note some preparatory works have been carried out in anticipation of house refurbishment and housing site development, notably improvements to the access road. Also, two relatively new 4,000 litre septic tanks have been installed but not yet connected. One septic tank is intended for the existing house and the other, subject to consent/approvals, is intended for the potential house sites.

Finally the grounds also include the lawned area immediately to the right of the potential site access (the exact boundary will be pointed out at time of viewing).

The size of the site means there is scope for erecting a polytunnel and growing your own etc.

To arrange a viewing, please telephone the sellers directly on 01806 522 394 or 07787 318 272.


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