Sittingroom with dining area off, kitchen / diner, three double bedrooms, bathroom, box room, hallways & landing, & sun porch. Large outbuilding & garage.
Three bedroom detached house with lots of period character, a substantial outbuilding and garage, set in a ¼ acre walled garden in the centre of the village of Sandwick within walking distance of the shop, school & swimming pool, and within easy commuting distance of Lerwick (approx. 13 miles) by car or by bus.
Originally built in 1900 and retaining original features the property offers well-proportioned accommodation arranged over two floors comprising a sittingroom with dining area off, kitchen / diner, bathroom, double bedroom (or second reception room) & sun porch on the ground floor, plus a further two large double bedrooms and a box room which could potentially be converted into an en-suite, on the first floor. The main rooms all benefit from a dual aspect.
The uPVC windows are mostly triple glazed, the remainder being double glazed, and heating is provided by electric storage heaters supplemented by a gas-fired cast iron stove in the sittingroom.
The large well-kept garden includes a 42' long detached outbuilding which is presently used as a store / workshop but could potentially be converted into a home office or studio.
'Central House' is situated in the centre of the village of Sandwick, a popular location in the South Mainland area of Shetland approximately midway between Lerwick to the north (approximately 13 miles) and Sumburgh and the airport to the south (approximately 13 miles).
The village boasts a wide range of amenities most of which are within reasonable walking distance of the house, these including the Junior High School, swimming pool, shop & post office, plus a youth & community centre and social club.
There is also a visitor's centre / tea room at Hoswick and Sandsayre Pier at Leebitton is the departure point for boat trips to the island of Mousa and its world famous broch.
Lerwick is easily accessible by car or by bus as the Lerwick bus route runs along the main road through Sandwick just along from the house.
Although retaining a lot of the character of the original house, it benefits from uPVC windows, all but two of the windows to the main accommodation having been replaced with triple glazed units in 2015, the remaining two windows and also the windows to the sun porch still being double glazed.
Heating is by electric storage heaters supplemented by a gas-fired cast iron stove in the sittingroom.
There is a TV point in the sittingroom and telephone points in the sittingroom, dining room & kitchen.
All fixed floor coverings and light fittings are included in the sale.
Entry to the property is via a large south-facing double glazed sun porch which leads to a hallway with doors to a ground floor double bedroom to the right and the sittingroom to the left. Ahead a curving original staircase with lovely original bannister leads up to the first floor where there are two generously proportioned double bedrooms and a box room which could potentially be converted into an en-suite. Off the sittingroom is the dining area and a door at the rear leading to the kitchen and bathroom.
In detail the accommodation comprises:-
On the Ground Floor:-
(Approx. 2.9m x 1.9m) (9'6" x 6'3") Providing a great place to sit and enjoy the front garden, the uPVC double glazed south-facing porch is accessed via a double glazed uPVC front door, and has wood effect vinyl flooring, a power point and a glazed inner door to the hallway.
Lovely welcoming space with curved staircase with original bannister leading to the first floor and stripped pine doors to the sittingroom, a bedroom and a handy under-stairs cupboard which has a light and power point. Wooden floorboards & storage heater.
Bedroom 1 or 2nd Reception Room
(Approx. 4.5m x 3.7m) (14'8" x 12'2") Well-proportioned room with windows to the south and east both retaining the original paneling which has been stripped back to the original pine matching the skirting boards. There is a tiled fireplace surround with an open fire believed to be usable although it would need to be tested. Wall lighting & storage heater.
(Approx. 4.5m x 3.75m) (14'9" x 12'3") Another good-sized room, again with a dual-aspect, this time to the south and west. The fireplace surround houses a gas-fired cast-iron stove set on a slate hearth providing a cosy additional heat source although there is also a storage heater. Varnished floorboards which extend into the adjoining dining area.
(Approx. 3.15m x 1.9m) (10'3 x 6'3") Rear-facing space with the same wooden floorboards as the sittingroom and a matching centre light fitting.
A door to the rear of the sittingroom opens to a hallway, again with exposed floorboards, with a double glazed back door, side window and handy built-in cupboard. Again stripped pine doors open to the kitchen and bathroom. Loft hatch.
(Approx. 2.8m x 2.15m at widest points) (9'2" x 7') The original white period WC and wash hand basin have been retained as a feature and the bath has a mixer tap / shower attachment over. Built-in cupboard under the window, mirror over the wash hand basin, vinyl flooring, heated towel rail & storage heater.
Kitchen / Diner
(Approx. 4.2m x 3.15m) (13'9" x 10'6") Situated to the rear of the house the kitchen is a bright room thanks to its triple aspect. There is space for a small table & chairs and ample fitted units including an integral oven & ceramic hob with cooker hood over, plus a concealed fridge and freezer, inset sink, glazed display cabinet and plumbing for both a washing machine and dishwasher, both appliances being included in the sale along with the integral appliances. Further storage space is provided by an original built-in drawer unit by the door and also a useful vented larder cupboard. Laminate flooring.
On the First Floor:-
The staircase leads up to a landing with original varnished floorboards, south-facing window with venetian blind, a meter cupboard & storage heater. Original stripped pine doors lead to the two bedrooms both of which enjoy a dual aspect.
(Approx. 4.5m x 3.8m) (14'9" x 12'6") With windows to the east and south, this room retains the original painted floorboards and has an original fireplace. This is presently blocked up although again it is thought it could be re-used but it would need to be tested. Storage heater.
(Approx. 4.45m x 3.7m) (14'8" x 12'12") This room which is carpeted, has windows to the south and west, the west-facing window looking out over the play park. Ceiling mounted spotlight fitting & storage heater. Door to:-
(Approx. 3.1m x 1.9m) (10'3" x 6'3") Good-sized space with window to the rear of the house, presently used for storage, however it could potentially be turned into an en-suite possibly accessible from both bedrooms, as it already has a cold water supply. Any alternations would however be subject to compliances with building regulations and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.
The property sits in a walled site which is estimated to extend to around just over ¼ acre or thereby. Along the roadside the large well-established front garden is enclosed by a wall with the original cast iron railings and gate, with lawns flanked by neatly kept flower beds either side of a path leading up to the porch and around both sides of the house to the rear, the lawns extending around both sides of the house.
Outside the back door is a large concreted patio area in front of the outbuilding, and behind that is a garage, a large grassed area enclosed by a stone dyke which is understood to have originally been a barn, and a further walled (roofless) enclosure presently used as a potting space. There is access to the garage and the back garden from the track which runs along the side of the house.
The substantial outbuilding which measures approximately 12.9m long x 3.2m wide (42' x 10'6") is sub-divided into three areas each with its own external door and window, although the internal wooden partitions could easily be removed if required. There has been a water supply in the past although this is presently cut off and has not been used for some time. The third largest space has a workbench.
Off the middle space is the single garage which measures approximately 5.75m x 3.35m (18'10" x 11').
The outbuilding requires some attention however provides a huge amount of storage space or could potentially be converted into a studio, home office (with access independently of the house) or workshop if required subject to any necessary consents required.
Understood to currently be Band D. 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: E (42)
To reach the property drive to the 'Central' crossroads (by the youth & community centre and play park) in the centre of Sandwick. Turn eastwards to 'Noness'; 'Central House' is a short distance from the crossroads on the left immediately after the private nursery (orange building on the left).
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