Spiggie Lodge, Scousburgh, ZE2 9JE

Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

F (23)




Sittingroom, kitchen / dining room, two double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, study / additional bedroom, shower room & porch / sun room; plus east wing comprising two further sittingrooms, five bedrooms (three with en-suite facilities), two kitchens,


Substantial detached property with up to eight bedrooms (five en-suite) and a triple garage, set in around 1½ acres in elevated position enjoying lovely, panoramic views over Spiggie Loch and beyond to Fitful Head and out to sea. Lerwick 22 miles.

The flexible 285m² accommodation comprises a sittingroom, dining kitchen, two en-suite bedrooms, study / 3rd bedroom & porch / sun room in the main part, plus an east wing currently divided into two self-contained units comprising between them two sittingrooms, five bedrooms (three en-suite), two kitchens, bathroom & utility area.

The house has provided ancillary accommodation to neighbouring Spiggie Hotel, so could suit B & B use (there are many visitor attractions in the area), or it would make a sizeable family home as has been the case in the past, perhaps with part of the east wing providing an annex for a dependent relative or for letting out.

The grounds may have some development potential (subject to consents).

The property would benefit from some updating which is reflected in the price but nonetheless offers a substantial home with lots of character and potential with the benefit for stunning views and plenty of outside space.

General Information

‘Spiggie Lodge’ is situated in the small village of Scousburgh in a particularly scenic rural area on the west side of the South Mainland of Shetland.

The position of the property allows it to enjoy spectacular views westwards over the Loch of Spiggie Nature Reserve, a large shallow loch where a wide variety of bird life can be seen, and which also has good trout fishing, and beyond to Fitful Head and out to sea.

Local amenities in the area can be found at nearby Dunrossness where there is a mini-supermarket & post office (with fuel) and the area’s local primary school. Older children go to Sandwick (about 8 miles to the north) where the South Mainland swimming pool is also situated, or Lerwick. There is a doctor’s surgery at Levenwick.

There is a small hotel next to the house; the beautiful sandy beach at Scousburgh Sands is a short stroll.

In addition to the Loch of Spiggie Reserve, there are many places of interest in the South Mainland area including St Ninian’s Isle and its stunning sand tombolo, Sumburgh Head and its new visitor’s centre, Old Scatness Broch, Jarlshof, Quendale Mill and the Croft House Museum, whilst slightly further afield at Sandwick, is the island of Mousa and its internationally important broch. As a result the property is ideally situated for B & B use. The airport at Sumburgh, about 7 miles or so to the south, is easily accessible for air transport to mainland Scotland.

The house was originally built as a hotel by the Henderson family who built two hotels, Henderson’s Hotel, now Spiggie Lodge, and Spiggie Hotel next door. In the very early days the hotels attracted wealthy visitors from Mainland UK and Europe who would travel by ‘Steamer’ from Leith and disembark at Spiggie Beach. Later the lodge was used as a private dwelling before again being used to provide additional accommodation to Spiggie Hotel in 2012.

The original two storey property was substantially extended in the 1940’s by the addition of a single storey east wing. This wing is presently sub-divided into two units each with its own external door, although the space could be opened up into one larger, single space again if required. The layout of accommodation would be ideal for B&B use as it allows guests to have their own facilities. Alternatively the space could simply provide additional family accommodation to the main house, or it could provide a self-contained annex for a dependent relative.

The property is double glazed, the windows being a mix of timber and uPVC units. Heating is provided by a mix of electric storage and panel heaters supplanted by working open fires in the main sittingroom and the living room to unit 1 in the east wing.


The accommodation in the main, front part of the house is arranged over two floors and comprises:-

On the Ground Floor

Porch / Sunroom

(Approx. 5.2m x 2.1m) (17’ x 8’) Forming the main entrance to the house is a large, west-facing porch / sunroom with windows to three sides, wooden flooring and inner double doors to the hallway.


Small hallway with storage / convector heater. Doors lead to the main sittingroom and kitchen, whilst the staircase leads to two en-suite double bedrooms on the first floor.

Kitchen / Dining Room

(‘L’-shaped room overall approx. 5.55m x 3.2m extending to 4.2m at widest points) (18’2” x 10’7” / 13’9”) Good-sized room with windows to three sides providing plenty of natural light, and plenty of space for a table and chairs. There are ample fitted units, an integral double electric oven and gas hob with cooker hood over, double sink & drainer, tall pull-out larder cupboard and plumbing for a dishwasher or washing machine. A small cupboard under the stairs and a further shelved cupboard to the dining area provide additional storage. Storage / convector heater.


(Approx. 5.6m x 4.15m) (18’5” x 13’8”) Generously proportioned room with west-facing window and original features including painted ‘v’-lining to the ceiling and a picture rail. Heating is provided by a working open fire set in a stone fireplace surround or a storage / convector heater and there is a shelved cupboard & fitted bookshelves. A door at the far end leads to a rear lobby with space for coats etc. and doors to a bedroom, shower room and the garden. A second door leads to the accommodation in the east wing.

Study / Bedroom 3

(Approx. 4.25m x 3.3m) (14’ x 10’10”) This particularly bright room which has a large window area to the south & west enjoying the fine views, including patio doors to the seating area running along the front of the house, is currently used as a bedroom but could be used as an extra living room or office. A run of built-in cupboards / wardrobes along one wall provide plenty of storage space.

Shower room

(Approx. 2.6m x 1.45m) (8’6” x 4’9”) With shower enclosure, W.C. & wash hand basin. Panel heater.

On the First Floor

The stairs from the front hallway leads up to a small landing on the first floor with a window to the rear of the house and original wood paneled doors to two large en-suite double bedrooms.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 4.2m x 3.65m) (13’9” x 12’) Accessed via a small lobby off the landing which has doors to the bedroom & bathroom, this large dual-aspect double bedroom has stripped pine ‘v’-lining to the combed ceiling and a panel heater.

En-Suite Bathroom

(Approx. 3.35m x 1.75m extending to 2.8m at widest point) (11’ x 5’9” / 9’2”) Large en-suite with white three piece suite including bath with electric shower over. Large wall mirror & light / shaver socket over the w.h.b., heated towel rail & shelved airing cupboard housing the hot water tank.

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 4.15m x 3.65m) (13’8” x 12’) Again this double room is accessed via a small lobby off the landing and enjoys a dual aspect. There is extensive built-in wardrobe space along one wall, an upholstered window seat and panel heater.

En-Suite Bathroom

(Approx. 3.3m x 1.85m) (10’10” x 6’) Another large en-suite, with a white three piece suite including wash hand basin set in a fitted cupboard / vanity unit, and painted wooden paneling to the lower half of the walls. The ‘Venturi’ shower over the bath provides a higher water flow than an electric shower. Wall mounted fan heater & heated towel rail.

The East Wing

As noted this part of the house is presently sub-divided into two units each with its own external door, although the space could be opened back up into one larger, single unit again if required.

The unit closest to the main house which can be accessed via a door from the main sittingroom, comprises a sittingroom, kitchen, bathroom and two double bedrooms. The second unit has a living room, two en-suite bedrooms, a third bedroom, bathroom and a kitchen from where a door opens to a utility area leading to the garage.

Unit 1:-

Entrance Lobby / Hall

Lobby with uPVC side entrance door and inner door to the hall.


(Approx. 4.1m x 3.3m) (13’4” x 10’9”) Attractive, north-facing room with tiled fireplace surround housing an electric flame effect fire and display cabinets to either side.


(Approx. 2.45m x 1.95m) (8’ x 6’5”) With white three piece suite, built-in shelved linen cupboard & wall mounted fan heater.


(Approx. 3.3m x 2.9m) (10’10” x 9’7”) South-facing kitchen with space for a small table & chairs and modern units including an integral oven & hob with a cooker hood over, fridge / freezer, washing machine & tumble dryer (appliances included), & inset sink. A built-in cupboard houses the electric meters etc.

The remaining accommodation comprises two similarly sized, south-facing bedrooms, one a double, the other a twin room, each with a panel heater.

Bedroom 4

(Approx. 3.25m x 2.95m) (10’8” x 9’8”)

Bedroom 5

(Approx. 3.25m x 2.95m) (10’8” x 9’8”)

Unit 2:-


(Approx. 4.9m x 2.8m) (16’2” x 9’3”) A second uPVC external door opens to the sittingroom of the second unit, a large, dual-aspect room with windows to the north and east, which leads around to a hallway leading to three bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom.

Bedroom 6

(Approx. 3.25m x 2.3m) (10’10” x 7’6”) North-facing room with panel heater and en-suite shower room with shower, W.C. & wash hand basin.

Bedroom 7

(Approx. 2.9m x 2.55m) (9’8” x 8’4”) Another north-facing room, again having an en-suite shower room with shower, W.C. & wash hand basin. Panel heater.

Bedroom 8

(Approx. 3.25m x 2.9m) (10’10” x 9’6”) South-facing double bedroom with pine ‘v’-lining to the lower half of the walls, & panel heater.


(Approx. 3.25m x 2m) (10’10” x 6’8”) Comprising a bath, W.C. & wash hand basin, this bathroom can be accessed either from the hall or bedroom 7 allowing that room to have en-suite facilities. Heated towel rail & wall mounted fan heater.


(Approx. 3.9m x 2.7m) (12’10” x 8’10”) Large kitchen with fitted units including an integral electric oven and gas hob, plus sink with double drainer and plumbing for a washing machine. A built-in cupboard houses a second hot water tank. Door to:-

Utility Area

(Approx. 3.5m x 1.85m at widest point) (11’6” x 6’) With ‘Belfast’ sink, shelved cupboard, another hot water tank and plumbing for a washing machine. Doors to the garage and back garden area.

Triple Garage

(Overall approx. 10.8m x 7.4m) (35’4” x 24’4”) Substantial triple garage with three ‘up & over’ garage doors one with electric remote control (not connected), allowing parking for three cars. There are double glazed windows and two side doors, a workbench & lighting. A temporary partition presently separates one garage space from the other two but this could easily be removed. An area in one corner with a large double glazed window area has been partitioned off to provide a gardening space or workshop.


In front of the house a large patio area provides a great place to sit and enjoy the superb views, the lawn immediately in front of it also being included. To the rear of the house there is plenty of parking outside the garage, whilst to the south side of the house lies a substantial lawn enclosed by a fence.

Also included is the small, non-croft park which lies immediately to the south of the fenced lawn and stretches from the roadside to the north down as far as the east gable of Spiggie Hotel to the west. The boundary will be pointed out at the time of viewing.

In total the site is estimated to extend to about just over 1½ acres or thereby.

The park may have some development potential. Previous owners had made some preliminary investigations into the possibility of a house site to the south-east of the garage. At the time the early indications were favourable although the idea was not pursued and no formal application was made. Prospective purchasers should therefore satisfy themselves in this regard by contacting the local planning office directly as no guarantees of development can be given.

Rateable Value

The property is currently commercially rated as self-catering units with a Rateable Value understood to be £3,850. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation.

Energy Performance

Energy Efficiency Rating: F (23)

Property Location

To reach the house turn west to Scousburgh & Bigton from the main Lerwick – Sumburgh road at Robins Brae, Dunrossness. Follow the road for about 1½ miles then turn left to Spiggie. The lodge is the first property on the left (with a triple garage facing you).

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