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Braeside, Cullivoe, Yell

PriceOffers over £35,000
AddressBraeside, Cullivoe, Yell, Shetland ZE2 9DD

Unique opportunity to acquire a sizeable former school and schoolhouse plus around 5 acres non-croft land in an elevated position at Cullivoe on the island of Yell, enjoying superb panoramic views across Bluemull Sound to Unst.

This Grade ‘C’ listed property, comprises four rooms and a toilet on the schoolhouse side, plus four further rooms to the school room side, the two parts being linked by a doorway internally. Although requiring complete renovation the property offers huge potential possibly salvaging much of the original timber lining which remains. Given the extent and layout of accommodation there is possible scope for a various uses, e.g. as a large family home, or part of the school room could perhaps be converted to separate letting accommodation or a home office or studio. The main site extends to around 3.5 acres providing plenty of space for growing your own produce or keeping livestock etc. There is a further area of around 1.5 acres by the Loch of Brough to the south.

This is undoubtedly a major project but potentially very rewarding.

Yell is connected to mainland Shetland by regular ro-ro ferry service which runs throughout the day.



The property comprises the former school room (on the right (north) side) dating from around 1827, plus the adjoining teacher’s house which was added some years later, although the two parts are inter-linked. The building faces east and all rooms have windows to the front enjoying the fine panoramic views eastwards over Bluemull Sound to Unst.

The property has a mains water supply and there is a septic tank however a new septic tank will be required as part of any renovation works. An electricity connection will be required. Initial investigations suggest this will cost in the region of £4,000 however prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard by contacting the electricity supplier directly.

The building is in poor condition and is being sold as seen. No warranties will be given in respect of any contents or services. Works and/or alterations to the property will require listed building consent. Grants for works to listed buildings may be available, for more information see this link. A home report is not required for this property.



There are two entrances to the property, one to the schoolhouse to the south, the other to the school room to the north. Entering via the south entrance, there is a wood-lined hallway with original panelled doors to a living room and kitchen, a stair ahead leading to the first floor. Like most of the house the living room retains the original wood lining to the walls, and also the paneling around the window, and a fireplace.

The staircase which is lit by a large window to the rear (presently boarded up), leads up to a small landing, and two good-sized double bedrooms both retaining the original wooden planking and having a dormer window. The area off the landing could potentially be extended out over the entrance area to provide space for a bathroom.

Back off the hallway the kitchen which again retains the original wooden planking, also has a window facing east with a ‘Belfast’ sink below, plus a fireplace and cupboard space under the stairs. From here a narrow doorway leads through to a lobby to the other side of the building, the lobby having a toilet off and a second stair to another double room upstairs, again completely wood lined, with skylights to the front and rear, a fireplace and access to cupboard space over the stairs. A second door from the lobby opens to another ground foor reception room, a surprisingly grand room, again with fireplace and shelved cupboard, this room having the inter-connecting door to the main hallway on the school room side.

The hallway to the school room provides a second entrance to the building, the hallway leading to the original school room with timber features including window shutters, skirtings and a shelved cupboard to the side of the fireplace. The stair from the hallway leads up to a small landing and another double bedroom, this time with a large west-facing roof light, small window to the north-facing gable, and fireplace.


Externally, the property sits in around 3.5 acres hill ground. Vehicular access has long been exercised via a track from the south side of the site. Prescriptive rights exist however formal rights are not incorporated into the title and the property is being sold on this basis. It is however thought that would be scope for creating an access directly from the public road due east of the site although prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.

There is a further 1.5 acres to the west side of the Loch of Brough about ½ mile south of the main site.


To arrange viewing please contact Harper Macleod directly 01595 695583 or use the form on the website.



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