Sittingroom, living / dining room, kitchen, bathroom, two double bedrooms, box bedroom, utility / boot room, hall & porch. Several outbuildings.
Detached former Manse dating from 1873, conveniently situated in an unusually large garden of over ½ acre within easy walking distance of the local shop and primary school, and also on the main Lerwick - Sumburgh bus route. Lerwick approx. 22 miles.
Mainly stone-built the property retains many original features with well-proportioned accommodation, including high ceilings, befitting its original status. It has lots of character and includes two, south-facing reception rooms, a large kitchen, bathroom, utility / boot room, hall & porch on the ground floor, plus two generous double bedrooms, again both south-facing, and a box bedroom on the first floor.
Externally there is a large garden area and a couple of outbuildings. A further ¾ acre could be available by separate negotiation.
The house has undergone renovation works in recent years although further work is required which is reflected in the price, nonetheless the house provides an attractive period property set in a good-sized site.
Dunrossness is situated approximately 22 miles south of Lerwick. The main amenities in the area are grouped together within walking distance of 'Hazelbank' on the main Lerwick – Sumburgh road, these including Mainland's mini-supermarket with post office & filling station, a small hardware store and the area's primary school, and there is a football pitch and play park by the house. Lerwick – Sumburgh buses run along the road and therefore both the town and Sumburgh Airport to the south are easily accessible.
The house was originally built in 1873 as a Manse for the local Free Church. It is understood to have been renovated in the 1980's and more recently the current owner has carried out further renovations, in particular most of the external walls have been insulated and re-lined, however it is very much a 'work in progress' which is reflected in the price, and although a lot of work has been done, there is still scope to add value to the property. As befits its original purpose the interior is well-proportioned with the good-sized rooms having generous ceiling heights. Where possible original features have been retained and as a result the interior has lots of character.
Heating is by electric storage heaters and electric under-floor heating in the bathroom and utility room, this being supplemented by stoves in the two reception rooms.
As noted the property has an unusually large garden of over ½ acre, however the remainder of the original 1.3 acre walled site is available by separate negotiation, the additional ¾ acre offering scope for keeping some livestock or a smallholding, or it could potentially be developed although any development would be subject to the usual consents required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard as no planning permission has been sought.
On the Ground Floor:-
Utility / Boot Room
(Approx. 2.9m x 2.4m at widest points inc. cupboard) (9'6" x 7'10") The double glazed entrance door opens to a porch / utility area with a slate tile floor (with electric under floor heating) and a wet-room style arrangement with shower fitting ideal for washing boots etc., and a clothes pulley over. A built-in cupboard houses the water tank with plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer next to it (appliances included). The flooring in the utility room extends into a lobby leading through to the hall, off which a stripped pine door opens to the bathroom.
(Overall approx. 3.15m x 2m) (104" x 6'7") With white three piece suite including a double ended bath being set in a recess with decorative splashback behind, slate tiled shelf around it and recessed spotlighting over, and a period style wash hand basin and WC. The floor is laid with slate tiles with electric under floor heating below, and there is a shelved recess for toiletries etc.
Grand hall with painted original features and floorboards, leading to two reception rooms, and beyond a further lobby with space for coats and a storage heater leading to the front porch. A stair with original bannister and cupboard under leads to the first floor. The porch (approx. 2.75m x 2.45m) (9' x 8') has been stripped out back to the original structure. It requires attention; alternatively it could be pulled down as it is not original.
(Approx. 4.4m x 3.95m) (14'6" x 13') Well-proportioned room with a tall ceiling with cornice, a picture rail and south-facing double window with wood paneling below. Painted floorboards and shelved wall press housing the meters etc. A multi-fuel stove provides a cosy heat source although there is also a storage / convector heater. Satellite TV connection & telephone point.
Living / Dining Room
(Approx. 4.35m x 3.85m) (14'3" x 12'8") Another spacious reception room again with a double window to the front of the house facing south. A working French antique art nouveau wood-burning stove makes an attractive feature (although again there is also a storage / convector heater) and fitted shelving around two walls provide lots of spaces for books or display. Painted floorboards, telephone point & archway at the rear to the kitchen.
(Approx. 4m x 3.25m) (13'1" x 108") Large bright room with windows to the north and east, the east-facing window enjoying a view to the voe in the distance. If you are looking for a sleek modern fitted kitchen, this is not it, instead various freestanding units have been imaginatively up-cycled to create a unique kitchen with lots of character, including a 'Belfast' sink and a dishwasher concealed behind a distressed wood panel, an island unit created out of an old dresser which is fitted with a power point for kitchen appliances, and a fitted unit around the 'Rangemaster' dual-fuel cooker (included in the sale) housing a pull-out larder rack and cooker hood. The fridge / freezer will be included in the sale.
On the First Floor:-
With original doors to two spacious double bedrooms and a box room which could perhaps be used as an occasional box bedroom. Storage heater.
(Approx. 4.1m x 4m (floor area)) (13'6" x 13') Carpeted bedroom with south-facing dormer window and access to eaves space to both sides, the rear eaves space being lit by a window to the stairwell.
Box Bedroom 2
(Approx. 2.7m x 2.2m (extends to 4.55m along rear) (floor area)) (9' x 7'2") With Velux window.
(Approx.4.05m x 3.95m (floor area)) (13'4" x 13') Again with a south-facing dormer window but also a window to the gable wall facing west enjoying an open outlook. Access to the eaves space to both sides.
The property sits in an unusually large site which is extends to around 0.57 acres or thereby. It is mainly grassed with established planting along the perimeter, part of which is enclosed by a stone dyke. There is a small garage / shed although this is in poor condition with a wooden lean-to shed at the rear, plus a larger stone outbuilding by the house. The boundaries of the site will be pointed out at viewing.
Understood to currently be Band B. 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(53)
'Hazelbank' is situated in the centre of Dunrossness on the east side of the main Lerwick - Sumburgh road just to the south of Boddam football pitch and the Central public hall.
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