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Fairview, Symbister, Whalsay

PriceOffers over £195,000
AddressFairview, Symbister, Whalsay, Shetland ZE2 9AQ

Large three reception room, four bedroom detached villa set in delightful, mature garden on the island of Whalsay.

The house provides spacious double glazed accommodation with considerable character arranged over two floors, with oil-fired central heating and fine views over the surrounding countryside to the sea and the island of Linga in the distance.

Fairview is thought to date from the 1930s. After their purchase around ten years ago, the sellers carried out extensive refurbishment work including an overhaul of the roof with re-slating to two sides and new chimney pots.

New ‘sash & case’ style double glazed windows in keeping with the original character of the property were installed (except the front porch), the outside internal walls were re-lined and insulated, the loft insulated, additional radiators added to the existing central heating system as required, the system being supplied by an oil-fired ‘Worcester’ boiler in the kitchen, and two en-suite bath/shower rooms installed, resulting in a comfortable, ‘move-into’ property with lots of character. All the furniture may be available separately if required.

Whalsay is connected to mainland Shetland by a regular ro-ro ferry service. Although providing a ‘get-away-from-it-all’ rural location the island benefits from an excellent range of amenities including a leisure centre, school, a couple of shops, and even an 18 hole golf course.


The main garden area is to the south and west sides of the house, a lovely, well-established outdoor space filled with a variety of flowers and shrubs which are particularly colourful in the growing season. Immediately in front of the house is a lawn surrounded by flower beds whilst the area to the south has been attractively landscaped with areas of lawn, paths and raised flower beds edged in stone, plus a couple of wooden pergolas.

Included with the property is the strip of ground immediately to the north of the house allowing the possibility of extending the formal garden area, or perhaps for erecting a garage or even extending the house, subject to any necessary consents required.

Extra land may be available and the adjoining former shop premises by the house, which has potential for conversion to studio/gallery use, or even residential (subject to consents), is available separately.

Former Shop Premises

Located on the roadside just to the south of the house, is a separate detached building, originally a shop, which is available by separate negotiation.

Extensive refurbishment has also been carried out to this building, including re-roofing and new double glazed windows and doors.

Comprising three rooms, a hallway and cloakroom with W.C. and wash hand basin on the ground floor, and a large room upstairs with a wash hand basin, and a separate WC and shower. All rooms have inset ceiling lights, the property has been completely re-wired and has smoke/fire alarm in situ on both floors. A door on the ground floor leads to another very large area within the shop premises which has been used as a store. This in turn leads to a large garage which has double wooden doors to a graveled parking area.

The building would make an ideal studio/gallery, or it may be possible to convert it to residential use either on a permanent basis, perhaps for a dependent relative, or for use as a holiday let providing a useful source of income.

Any alterations would however be subject to the usual consents required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.


Note some photographs are archive photographs.

To discuss viewing, please telephone the seller directly on 07506 293455 or 01806 566573.


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