Mizpah House, Bressay, ZE2 9ER

Under offer
Key Details

Reception Rooms:

2 +


Up to 6


2 + WC

Energy Efficiency:

E (44)

Council Tax:

Band C


Under offer


Sittingroom, dining room, dining kitchen, up to six double bedrooms (some could be used as additional reception rooms), bathroom, shower room, WC, kitchenette / laundry room, hall / landings & front porch. Range of outbuildings including two tandem double garages, tractor shed, store, former byre, greenhouse, boat house & pier.


Substantial stone-built former manse with a range of outbuildings and its own pier, set in a fantastic shoreside situation on the island of Bressay, enjoying outstanding views westwards across Bressay Sound to Lerwick which is easily accessed by a seven minute ro-ro ferry journey.

The property provides up to 6 bedroomed accommodation arranged over three floors and standing in around 0.9 acres or thereby including the main formal garden, two double garages, a tractor shed, two stores and a boat house.

In addition to the six double bedrooms, some of which could be used as additional reception rooms, there is a large sittingroom, separate dining room, a spacious dining kitchen, separate kitchenette / laundry room and two bath / shower rooms.

Central heating is provided by an oil-fired boiler.

The house is presently used as a substantial family home but could suit B&B use.

Viewing is essential to appreciate the fine setting of this property and the extent of internal and external space provided.

General Information

'Mizpah House' is situated in a great shoreside location on the island of Bressay which lies just off the east coast of mainland Shetland opposite Lerwick from which it is separated by Bressay Sound. The island which has a population of around 400, is served by a regular ro-ro ferry service which runs from the terminal at Maryfield on Bressay (about 1½ miles from the house) to the Esplanade right in the centre of Lerwick, the crossing taking just 7 minutes. The service generally runs hourly throughout the day with extra crossings at peak times.

Although all the amenities of Lerwick are just a short ferry ride away, the island does have its own shop & post office (just along from the house), plus a marina, community hall, heritage centre and also a small hotel, restaurant & bar at Maryfield by the ferry. During the summer months it is possible to access the neighbouring uninhabited island of Noss which is a National Nature Reserve.

Shetland is linked to mainland Scotland by an overnight ferry service from Aberdeen operated by Northlink Ferries (www.northlinkferries.co.uk). Loganair (www.loganair.co.uk) and Flybe (www.flybe.com) operate direct flights to Shetland from Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow. Islanders are currently entitled to discounted fares

Understood to date from 1819 this three storey, Grade 'C' listed, property sits in an area of ground estimated to extend to just under an acre. The house has been modernised in the past including installation of double glazed windows and oil-fired central heating supplied by a 'Thermorossi' boiler in the kitchen which feeds radiators throughout the house, hot water being provided by a 'Megaflo' tank in one of the bedrooms, however it would benefit from some updating. Nonetheless it provides a fine family home with the benefit of lots of internal and external space, and the stunning views across to Lerwick, the outbuildings potentially providing lots of scope for use as a studio or other work space, a home office, storage or perhaps even conversion to additional accommodation, subject to the usual consents required.

The house is presently used as a family home however it may suit use as a B&B, subject to any consents required, the top floor suite of accommodation perhaps being used as owner's accommodation.


On the Ground Floor:-

Front Porch

Entry to the property is via a wood-lined porch with a window to the front of the house with arched fanlight over, stone flagged floor and an inner door to the hall.


Large space with paneled doors to two large reception rooms and a passageway at the rear leading to a bathroom, the kitchen, and a side lobby with space for boots etc., and back door. A stair with original bannister leads to the first floor. Radiator.


(Approx. 4.8m x 3.85m) (15'6" x 12'8") Good-sized room to the front of the house with TV point & radiator.

Dining Room

(Approx. 4.75m x 4.45m) (15'6" x 14'7") Another spacious reception room, again to the front of the house, with exposed floorboards and a wooden fireplace surround with cast iron tiled fireplace (decorative only). Radiator.


(Approx. 2.65m x 1.85m) (8'9" x 6') White suite including wash hand basin set in fitted cupboard / vanity unit, plus separate shower enclosure with electric shower. Radiator.

Pantry Cupboard

Providing handy storage space. Stone flagged floor.

Dining Kitchen

(Approx. 5.25m x 4.4m) (17'3" x 14'4") Generously proportioned room facing south with modern units including an inset double bowl sink and plumbing for a dishwasher. A separate run of units houses a fridge and freezer both of which are included in the sale if required along with the 'Rangemaster' electric cooker which has a black glass splashback and cooker hood over. There is plenty of space for a large table & chairs and a tiled floor which extends into the hall passage. Telephone point.

On the First Floor:-


The carpeted stair leads up to a large first floor landing with window with built-in cupboard space below. Off the landing is the main bedroom and a further passage to two double bedrooms. There is a toilet to the half-landing. Radiator.

Bedroom 1 or additional Reception Room

(Approx. 5.9m x 5.4m) (19'4" x 17'9") Substantial room, originally used by the Church as the 'Guild Room' when the house was used as the manse, with two windows facing south providing lots of natural light and enjoying the fine view of the harbour approach. Heating is provided by a central heating radiator or a working open fire with wooden surround. Exposed floorboards & hot water tank.

The passage off the main landing has a window looking across to Lerwick, a large shelved cupboard providing useful storage space, and doors to two generous double bedrooms, both west-facing and having a central heating radiator.

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 4.7m x 3.9m) (15'6" x 12'10")

Bedroom 3

(Approx. 4.8m x 4.45m) (15'8" x 14'7") With built-in wardrobe along one wall and fireplace although this is not useable. Telephone point.

On the Second Floor:-


The stairs from the first floor which have a Velux window over, lead up to a second floor landing with built-in cupboard space & telephone point, leading to three bedrooms, a kitchenette and shower room. With the kitchenette & shower room, and three bedrooms, one of which could be used as a living room, the accommodation on the top floor could provide a self-contained suite of rooms.

Shower Room

(Approx. 2.3m x 2.05m (floor area)) (7'6" x 6'9") Comprising a WC, wash hand basin, bidet & shower enclosure with electric shower. Fitted units provide lots of drawer & storage space. Velux window & radiator.

Bedroom 4

(Approx. 4.85m x 3.45m (floor area)) (16' x 11'3") Large double bedroom presently used as an office, with two Velux windows, one with a great view to the sea, separate side gable window, built-in cupboard space & radiator.

Kitchenette / Laundry Room

(Approx. 4.5m x 1.7m (floor area)) (14'9" x 5'8") With fitted units including an inset sink, space for a cooker etc., and plumbing for a washing machine. Two Velux windows.

Bedroom 5

(Approx. 4m x 3.8m (floor area)) (13'2" x 12'6") With Velux window and side gable window again enjoying the fantastic view south. Built-in eaves cupboard space & radiator.

Bedroom 6

(Approx. 4.4m x 4.05m) (14'6" x 13'3") Sixth double bedroom with west-facing Velux and separate side gable window, built-in eaves storage space, open wardrobe recess, TV point & radiator.


As noted the site is estimated to extend to around 0.9 acres or thereby as shown on the plan. On the approach to the house from the north lies an extensive chipped parking area and two large double tandem garages either side of a concreted yard area, both garages measuring approximately 9m x 2.95m (25'6" x 9'8"), the right hand garage having a separate side door and inspection pit. To the side of the left hand garage is a tractor shed (approx. 5.1m x 2.9m) (16'8" x 9'6").

A path leads around the side of the garages to the front porch with the main formal garden area which enjoys a westerly aspect and is enclosed by a stone dyke. It comprises two large lawned areas surrounded by mature shrubs and planting either side of a double glazed greenhouse (approx. 14' x 9').

At the foot of the garden a cast iron gate provides access to the stone-built boat house (approx. 5.25m x 3.25m) (17'3" x 10'8") which has a stone flagged floor and provides handy space for canoes, rowing boat etc., and the pier.

A large grassed area between the main garden and the shore, which is enclosed partly by a stone dyke and by a fence elsewhere, also forms part of the property.

On the south side of the house outside the side porch, is a large stone flagged courtyard and a substantial outbuilding measuring approx. 9.2m x 3.1m (13'2" x 10'3") which was originally the island's laundry house, and again has a stone flagged floor. To the side stone steps lead to a drying green.

Finally the stone flags continue around the east side of the house to the north where between the house and the two garages is a further stone-built former byre (approx. 9.3m x 3.15m) (30'6" x 10'3").

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band C. 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 Performance

Energy Efficiency Rating: E (44)

Property Location

  1. property is situated just over 1½ miles from the ferry terminal. From the ferry drive southwards along the shore to the shop and turn right to Glebe & Kirkabister. Take the first turning on the right and continue straight on to the house.

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