Set in a rural location off a side road at the head of Weisdale Voe, within easy commuting distance of both Lerwick (approx. 12 miles) and Brae / Sullom Voe to the north, this is a lovely detached former school & schoolhouse set in a large walled garden enjoying fine views over the voe.
Originally dating from the 1870’s this stone-built property was sympathetically renovated in the mid-1990’s. It has more recently been further upgraded, in particular all the single glazed windows were replaced with new double glazed heritage style units last year. Central heating is provided by an oil-fired boiler supplemented by a solid-fuel stove in the main living space.
The accommodation which retains much of the character and many of the features of the original building, comprises an impressive 23’ x 16’, high ceilinged, living / dining room, originally the school room, an attractive country style kitchen, double bedroom or 2nd reception room, and shower room on the ground floor, plus two large double bedrooms, a single bedroom or study, and bathroom on the first floor.
There is ample parking, a large lawn in front of the house and a yard area to the rear with several small outbuildings.
Enjoying fine views over Weisdale Voe, ‘The Old School’ is situated off a minor side road at Heglabister at the head of the voe, a desirable rural location within easy reach of Lerwick (approximately 12 miles) and also to Brae and the north, as the Kergord road runs from the head of Weisdale Voe northwards to meet up with the main north road from Lerwick to Brae.
Local amenities in the immediate area include a nearby gallery & café at Weisdale Mill, two local shops, the first of which is two miles from the house, and a mile beyond that is Whiteness Primary School. The second shop is another mile past the school. There is a health centre and vet's surgery a short distance from the house along the main road west at Bixter.
Originally the Weisdale School and school house, this stone-built property which has a natural Welsh slate roof, was sympathetically renovated in the mid-1990’s, with many original details retained. More recently last year all the original single glazed windows were replaced by new uPVC heritage style double glazed windows (the few that were not replaced were already double glazed).
Central heating radiators throughout the house are supplied by an oil-fired ‘Warmflow’ boiler in the rear porch, a 5KW 'Charnwood’ solid-fuel stove providing a cosy additional heat source to the living room.
The sale will include all curtains, blinds and light fittings. Most of the furniture is available by separate negotiation.
On the Ground Floor:-
(Overall approx. 4.7m x 2.15m including stair) (15’6” x 7’2”) The main entrance to the house is to east (voe) side of the house where a glazed front door opens to the hall of the former schoolhouse where there are doors to the former school room to the left, a bedroom / second reception room to the right, and the kitchen at the far end. A staircase with original bannister and handy cupboard space below leads to the first floor. Painted original floorboards & telephone point.
Living / Dining room
(Approx. 6.95m x 4.95m) (22’9” x 16’2”) Originally the school room, this impressive high ceilinged room which provides a great entertaining space, has two tall windows at either end providing plenty of natural light. The original ‘v’-lining to the lower half of the walls remains as a feature, although ‘Kingspan’ insulation has been added behind, this insulation also being laid below the wood laminate flooring. Heating is provided by three period style central heating radiators or the solid-fuel stove. Four pendant light fittings & satellite T.V. connection. Door to:-
Originally the main entrance for pupils, the lobby which has been completely re-lined and floored with the same laminate flooring as the living room, has a side window and a door to the rear yard. Door to:-
(Approx. 2.4m x 1.25m + shower) (7’10” x 4’1”) Also re-lined the shower room has a white ‘period’ style WC & wash hand basin plus a tiled shower enclosure with glazed screen / door. Recessed ceiling spotlighting & tiled floor.
Back off the main hall the remaining ground floor accommodation comprises:-
Bedroom 1 or 2nd Reception room
(Approx. 4m x 3.4m) (13’2” x 11’2”) Originally the living room, this good-sized room is presently used as a ground floor double bedroom. The large window complete with original working shutters looks out over the voe and original features remaining include the cornice & picture rail, plus a working fireplace with surround and cast iron tiled insert. Shelved recess with fitted cupboard space below, stripped original floorboards & candelabra style light fitting.
(Approx. 3.9m x 3.4m) (12’10” x 11’2”) Facing west, the attractively fitted, country style artisan kitchen to the rear of the property features cream painted wooden units with solid woodblock worktops incorporation twin ‘Belfast’ sinks, an integral electric oven and gas hob set in a tiled work surface with concealed cooker hood over, plumbing for a dishwasher and part tiled / part ‘v’-lined splashbacks. A separate built-in shelved larder cupboard with marble cold shelf and a shelved alcove provide additional storage space. Tile effect vinyl flooring. The ‘American’ style fridge / freezer and the dishwasher are available by separate negotiation along with the washer / dryer in the cupboard under the stairs in the hall. Door to:-
(Approx. 2.15m x 1.5m + cupboard space) (7’ x 5’) Providing the main entrance to the rear of the house, this useful space has two built-in cupboards, one for coats etc., the other one having shelving and the electric consumer units. Central heating boiler with clothes pulley over & vinyl flooring matching that in the kitchen.
On the First Floor:-
(Approx. 2.8m x 1m) (9’2” x 3’6”) The landing leads to two large double bedrooms, a fourth single bedroom or study, and the main bathroom, all the bedrooms and the landing having exposed wooden floorboards. An access hatch with integral ladder provides easy access to the large partially floored loft. Chandelier style light fitting included.
(Approx. 2.15m x 1.7m) (7’1” x 5’8”) In 2017 the external wall to the bathroom was re-lined and insulated (with Kingspan) and new waterproof ‘AquaStep’ laminate flooring laid. The fittings include a white ‘period’ style WC & wash hand basin plus a bath with wet-wall lining around it and a mixer tap / shower fitting.
(Approx. 4m x 3.25m at widest points (floor area)) (13’2” x 10’8”) Both the double bedrooms face north and have a fireplace which it is understood could be re-used although one is presently boarded up and neither have been tested.
(Approx. 3.6m x 3.35m (floor area)) (11’10” x 11’)
Bedroom 4 or Study
(Approx. 2.65m x 2.25m (floor area)) (8’8” x 7’4”) Good-sized single bedroom or study or with extensive fitted cupboards along one wall, additional fitted shelving and a Velux window. The original pegs remain.
The property sits within a walled site with an extensive parking area to the north side of the house and a large lawned garden in front of the house. A gate from the parking area leads to a part paved / part graveled rear yard area with three small stone outbuildings, the original school out houses, one of which has power & light, two small lean-to sheds and a cold water tap.
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 Efficiency Rating: D (64)
To reach the property drive to the head of Weisdale Voe and take the Cott Road to the south by the bus stop. The Old School is situated on the left hand side of the road about ¼ mile from the junction
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