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Voe House, Lower Voe

PriceOffers over £365,000
AddressVoe House, Lower Voe, Shetland ZE2 9PX


Occupying a commanding position just above the shore at the head of the voe of Olna Firth, ‘Voe House’ is an historic Grade B listed detached house surrounded by mature trees and enjoying stunning uninterrupted views along the voe. Lerwick 17 miles; Brae 5 miles.

Set in around 1¾ acres close by the marina in the picturesque setting of Lower Voe, the property is presently used as staff accommodation for Sullom Voe Terminal for which there is an HMO Licence, the property therefore offering potential for B&B or Guest House use, or as an extremely comfortable and highly desirable family home.

The double glazed accommodation which is arranged over three floors and retains some original features, comprises seven en-suite double bedrooms, two impressive reception rooms, a kitchen and laundry/utility room, all benefiting from central heating provided by an oil-fired boiler.

Comprising two storeys and an attic with porch to the front, lean-to extensions to either side, and a further small wing to the rear, Grade B listed Voe House has played a significant role in the history of the local area having been the residence of the Adie family who had significant business interests in the area. The house was run as a hotel in the 1960’s until being renovated in the early 1980’s as accommodation for staff employed at the oil terminal. An HMO Licence (House of Multiple Occupation) was recently granted.

The house is stone-built and harled externally, below a slate roof, the slating to the rear extension having recently been renewed. Most windows have been replaced in recent times by double glazed sash & case windows in keeping with the listed status of the property, whilst central heating is provided by a Worcester ‘Danesmoor’ oil-fired boiler which supplies radiators throughout the house.

The well-proportioned accommodation which retains some original features comprises two generous reception rooms, a kitchen, en-suite double bedroom, laundry/utility room, two toilets and boiler room on the ground floor, four en-suite double bedrooms on the first floor, and two further en-suite attic double bedrooms on the second floor. Although en-suites have been added to all of the bedrooms this has been done sympathetically without unduly affecting the character of each room.

With its seven en-suite bedrooms the house is well-suited to use as a B&B/Guest House enabling an owner to capitalise on Shetland’s huge press exposure in recent years thanks in particular to the BBC’s recent dramatisation of Ann Cleeves’ successful ‘Shetland’ crime novels, however it would equally suit use as a very comfortable family home, albeit with a larger-than-usual number of en-suite rooms.

The sale will include all white goods and the AGA although no warranties will be given. The furniture is available by separate negotiation.

The property sits in a substantial mature site estimated to extend to approx. 1¾ acres or thereby, the grounds providing a stunning setting to the house with large garden areas to the front and rear, a sweeping expanse of lawn to the front of the house sloping down to the roadside, and a further large lawned area to the rear. Unusually for Shetland the house is surrounded by well-established trees particularly to the sides and rear although these do not impact on the stunning open view of the voe to the west, one of the finest views in Shetland

Access is via a shared track which leads up to a tree-lined drive which continues up to a large parking area. Attached to the east side of the house is a large triple garage (approx. 8.65m x 5.2m) (28’6″ x 17′) although this is in poor condition and requires some attention, whilst the large detached store in the southern corner of the site also houses the oil tank. The grounds also include the further wooded area to the west of the house.

For an appointment to view, please contact the agent’s property department on 01595 695583.


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