Drawing room, sittingroom, dining room, living room, family room / sun room, breakfasting kitchen, six bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, two toilets, utility / laundry room, box room & hall. Double garage & external store.
Prestigious, stone-built, detached town villa in very convenient, sought-after, central Lerwick location on Twageos Road, within walking distance of Commercial Street and the small boat harbour, and also pleasant walks around the parkland at the Knab.
The property looks out over the harbour approach across to Bressay providing a great vantage point from which to view boats entering the harbour.
With a gross internal floor area of 330m² (excluding the garage), the property offers very spacious, well-presented, family accommodation arranged over three floors, including three beautifully proportioned reception rooms plus a further living room and separate family / sun room, a stunning, contemporary breakfasting kitchen and up to seven bedrooms.
Although retaining many period features and the character of the original property, the house benefits from the modern comforts of double glazing with sash & case look-a-like windows, and central heating provided by the Lerwick District Heating system.
The house sits in a mature, walled garden with extensive off-street parking and a large double garage with twin electric doors.
Understood to date from around 1900, Midgarth House occupies a prime site on Twageos Road in the Lerwick Conservation Area, a short distance from Commercial Street and the small boat harbour area.
Stone-built (apart from the modern garage) and with a natural slate roof, the property retains many original features, in particular the paneled doors and surrounds, skirting boards, ceiling cornices and also an impressive staircase, yet all the windows, with the exception of the window to the stairs, are double glazed, and central heating and hot water are provided by a heat exchanger in the former boiler room powered by the Lerwick District Heating system, the central heating system having recently been upgraded and improved.
The spacious accommodation is arranged over three floors, the main entrance being via a front porch which leads to an impressive hall with well-proportioned reception rooms to either side, including a sizeable bay-windowed sittingroom, plus a passageway to a useful cloak cupboard, a shower room and store with former boiler room off. A further door at the end of the hall opens to a lobby leading through to the stunning breakfasting kitchen, a utility / laundry room and a large south-facing living room / sunroom with door to the double garage.
The carpeted staircase leads up to a first floor landing, a lovely bay-windowed drawing room, three double bedrooms, the main bathroom and a toilet. Finally, the remaining accommodation on the second floor comprises a further living room with two double bedrooms off it which would make an ideal guest suite, or would be great for older children, plus a further wood-lined bedroom, another toilet and a box room.
In detail the accommodation comprises:-
On the Ground Floor
(Approx. 2.45m x 2.2.5m) (8’ x 7’5”) With fine original decorative tiled floor and glazed inner door & screen retaining the original glazing.
(Approx. 5.6m x 2.25m) (18’4” x 7’5”) Large, carpeted reception hall with original features including the paneled doors and staircase.
(Approx. 5.85m x 5.1m + bay) (19’2” x 16’8”) Lovely, bright, well-proportioned room with a high ceiling like the other principal rooms, and a large bay window to Twageos Road. Again original features remain, and there is an ornate fire surround with tiled insert, fitted carpet and a striking centre light fitting.
(Approx. 4.65m x 4.6m) (15’4” x 15’2”) Another spacious reception room, also to the front of the house, with a fine fireplace surround with tiled insert & grate, fitted carpet and centre light fitting matching that in the living room.
(Approx. 2.2m x 1.15m) (7’2” x 3’10”) Walk-in cloak cupboard with coat hooks & shelving.
(Approx. 2.55m x 2.1m at widest points) (8’4” x 6’10”) Handy, ground floor shower room with shower and white W.C. & wash hand basin. Heated towel rail supplied by the central heating system.
Store / Boiler room
Small store room leading to boiler room housing the District Heating unit.
A further door at the rear of the hall opens to a lobby with an internal window to the sun room and doors to an under-stairs cupboard and the kitchen.
(Approx. 4.5m x 4.45m) (14’9” x 14’8”) This large kitchen was completely gutted by the current owners in 2014, having been taken back to the original walls, re-lined and insulated, and then re-fitted with a stunning contemporary kitchen with a mix of chalk and dark grey units set off by hardwearing Silestone© quartz worktops with advanced bacteriostatic technology. The units provide ample cupboard and worktop space and also include a range of ‘Siemens’ integral appliances including two ovens, an induction hob with concealed cooker hood over, plus a concealed larder fridge and dishwasher. Other features include a handy pull-out drawer unit, deep pan drawers and glazed display cabinets with integral spotlights. A peninsula unit provides additional storage space with cupboards to both sides and an integral wine rack, the Silestone© quartz worktop incorporating an inset sink with additional waste bowl and ‘Quooker’ boiling hot water tap. Natural light is provided by a tall window to the side of the house; artificial light is provided by four pendant light fittings plus additional worktop lighting. The ‘Karndean’ flooring extends into the adjoining hallway accessed via a half-glazed door, which has a built-in store cupboard and leads to the utility room and sun room.
(Approx. 4.9m x 3.55m) (16’3” x 11’8”) Spacious south-facing sun room, a particularly light space thanks to a wall of glazing to the south wall, including glazed double doors to the garden. It provides a large extra living space, for use as a family / play room, or perhaps as an office, and has wood effect vinyl flooring and a door to the integral garage.
Utility / Laundry room
(Approx., 3.2m x 2.2m) (10’6” x 7’2”) Good-sized utility room with plenty of space for a washing machine / tumble dryer and a freezer etc., washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge / freezer to remain, original twin ‘Belfast’ sinks set on pedestals, & vinyl flooring.
(Approx. 6.7m x 6m) (22’ x 19’7”) Large double garage with twin ‘up & over’ garage doors, both with electric remote control, a work bench, power & lighting and storage space in the roof trusses.
On the First Floor
Drawing room (or additional bedroom)
(Approx. 5.75m x 5.1m + bay) (18’10” x 16’10”) Another room of grand proportions, with a large bay window providing fine, elevated views over the harbour approach and across to Bressay. A substantial fitted unit along one wall provides extensive bookshelf and display space. Fitted carpet.
(Approx. 3.35m x 2.25m) (11’ x 7’5”) Family bathroom comprising a ‘period’ style suite, the walls behind the fittings being tiled to a dado rail. Vinyl flooring and heated towel rail supplied by the central heating system.
(Approx. 4.65m x 4.6m) (15’4” x 15’2”) Master bedroom, again enjoying the fine view to the front of the house, with extensive built-in wardrobe & cupboard space. Fitted carpet.
(Approx. 4.65m x 4.6m) (15’4” x 15’2”) Identically sized room to bedroom one, this room enjoying a dual aspect with windows to the side and rear of the house. Extensive fitted wardrobes along one wall & fitted carpet.
(Approx. 3.95m x 3.45m) (13’ x 11’4”) Further carpeted double bedroom, with windows to the south & west.
(Approx. 2.25m x 1.02m) (7’5” x 3’4”) With W.C. & wash hand basin, and heated towel rail.
On the Second Floor
Living room / Study
(Approx. 4m x 3.55m (floor area)) (13’2” x 11’7”) Large carpeted room with a dormer window to the front of the house and doors to two good-sized carpeted double bedrooms.
Bedroom 4 (left)
(Approx. 4.1m x 4m (floor area)) (13’5” x 13’2”) Enjoying a dual aspect including a bay window to the front of the house. Access to the loft space. Gable wall recently insulated and re-lined.
Bedroom 5 (right)
(Approx. 4.4m x 4m (floor area)) (14’6” x 13’2”) Again with a bay window to the front of the house, plus a further window facing south.
(Approx. 4.65m x 2.7m (floor area)) (15’3” x 9’) Wood-lined bedroom or playroom / office, with two Velux roof lights.
(Approx. 1.95m x 1.45m (floor area)) (6’5” x 4’9”) Lined with tongue & groove paneling and housing a W.C. & wash hand basin. Laminate flooring & heated towel rail.
(Approx. 3m x 2.75m (floor area)) (10’ x 9’) This room which has a Velux roof light, is currently used for storage however could perhaps provide a further bedroom or perhaps an extra bathroom (subject to any necessary consents).
The property sits in a good-sized mature garden with gated access from Twageos Road, the wall to Twageos Road retaining the original railings and gate, to a tarred drive which runs along the side of the house to a large double garage to the rear, and provides plenty of parking.
Lawns extend around the front and south sides of the house, to a paved patio area outside the sun room and an external store at the back of the garage.
Understood to currently be Band G. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation. Details of Council Tax rates can be found on the Shetland Islands Council website.
Energy Efficiency Rating: D (68)
The property is situated in the Lerwick Conservation Area at the northern end of Twageos Road on the upper side of the road between the junctions with Lovers Loan and Midgarth Crescent.
To see the location of the property in an overall Shetland context, adjust the zoom by clicking the + or - buttons. Use the 'Map', 'Satellite' & 'Hybrid' buttons to switch between an ordnance survey style road map, a satellite aerial photograph or a combination (hybrid) of the two. Please note that the date of the satellite image is unknown and may not show new buildings.
(Please be aware the Google Street View was taken on the date shown. The building and surroundings may have changed since then. We always recommend you view the property personally.)
Thanks again for your brilliant service with both my property sales over the past years. Your experience in Shetland is much noted with local people.
Selling my house whilst living in Edinburgh was a daunting prospect but I should not have worried. The communications between both parties was easy and the sale of my property went through without any hitches.