Littleness, Scousburgh, ZE2 9JE

Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

E (52)

Council Tax:

Band A




Living room, family room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, four double bedrooms, box room, hallways & sun porch. Large shed.


A unique opportunity to live in one of Shetland's most scenic locations, 'Littleness' is set on its own at the end of a short side road and well away from any other houses.

The four bedroom extended property is set in around ½ acre in a beautiful tranquil setting alongside the shore of the Loch of Spiggie RSPB reserve. Lerwick approximately 22 miles.

The house enjoys stunning all round views over the loch and the surrounding countryside, and included in the sale is a large 30m long outbuilding. In addition to the four double bedrooms, the accommodation also includes three reception rooms, a kitchen, bathroom and sun porch.

The house is double glazed and has oil-fired central heating, though could benefit from some updating which is reflected in the price, but nonetheless provides spacious accommodation all on the one level in this lovely scenic location.

Viewing is essential to fully appreciate the very special setting of this property.

General Information

Littleness is situated in a particular scenic area of the South Mainland of Shetland, approximately 22 miles from Lerwick and about mid-way between Sandwick to the north and Sumburgh to the south.

The house sits alongside the Loch of Spiggie RSPB reserve, a large shallow loch where a wide variety of bird life can be seen, and which also has good trout fishing.

The beautiful sandy beach at Scousburgh Sands is within walking distance and there are numerous other places of interest in the wider area including St Ninian's Isle and its famous sand tombolo, Sumburgh Head, the 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.

The airport is Sumburgh, about 8 miles or so to the south, is easily accessible for air transport to mainland Scotland.

Local amenities include a small hotel at Spiggie on the other side of the loch, and a mini-supermarket / post office / hairdresser / petrol station and the area’s primary school at nearby Dunrossness, and secondary schooling is available at Sandwick, about 11 miles to the north, or Lerwick.

The property comprises the original house which was substantially extended around 20 years ago. Windows are double glazed and central hearing is provided by a 'Warmflow' oil-fired boiler housed in a cupboard in the dining room, this being supplemented by underfloor heating to the bathroom.

There is a satellite dish with connections to the living areas and the property has two telephone lines although these are not presently in use.


Sun Porch

(Approx. 3.1m x 2.9m) (10'3" x 9'6") Entry to the property is via a large double glazed, wood-lined, sun porch to the north side of the house which has windows to three sides enjoying the fine views. Fitted cupboards provide useful storage space and also house plumbing for a washing machine. Radiator.


A glazed door from the sun porch opens to a hall running almost the full length of the house, with two passages off leading to the bedrooms. There are several built-in cupboards and two radiators, whilst a hatch with pull-down ladder provides easy access to floored storage space in the extension loft space and also to the original front loft. A large walk-in box room (approx. 3m x 1.25m) (9’10” x 4’) provides a great airing space as it has extensive shelving, a radiator and also houses the 'Megaflo' water tank.

Living Room

(Approx. 4.45m x 4.35m) (14'6" x 14'3") Bright room with large windows to the west & north, both with blinds. Ceiling spotlight fitting and additional wall lighting, two radiators, and glazed double doors to:-

Family Room

(Approx. 3m x 3m) (9'10" x 9'10") West-facing room in between the living room and the main dining room. Radiator. Door to:-

Dining Room

(Approx. 4.5m x 3.6m) (14'10" x 11'10") Large, south-facing room again with unrestricted views, with two built-in cupboards, one housing the central heating boiler, two radiators and laminate flooring which extends into the adjoining kitchen. A further door leads back to the hall.


(Approx. 3m x 2.8m) (9'10" x 9'2") South-facing kitchen with fitted units including an integral hob, cooker hood and concealed fridge / freezer & dishwasher. 1½ bowl sink. Replacement units would be beneficial.

A passage at the end of the hall leads to the main bathroom and a bedroom.


(Approx. 3m x 2.1m) (9'10" x 6'10") With three piece suite plus separate wet-wall lined shower enclosure, the WC & wash hand basin being set in fitted units. Underfloor heating below the tiled floor supplemented by a central heating radiator.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 4.2m x 4.05m) (13'9" x 13'3") Double bedroom with windows to the south & east, & radiator.

About half way along the hall, is a box room and the remaining three bedrooms.

Box Room

(Approx. 2.6m x 2.35m) (8'6" x 7'9") For general storage but presently used as an office although it has no windows.

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 4.4m x 4m at widest points) (14'6" x 13') Good-sized, east-facing, double bedroom with a view right over the loch. Radiator.

Bedroom 3

(Approx. 3.95m x 3.7m) (13' x 12'2") Again a good-sized double, and again facing east. Radiator

Bedroom 4

(Approx. 3.85m x 2.95m) (12'7" x 9'8") Fourth double facing north. Radiator.


As noted the total site extends to around ½ acre or thereby, this including a tarred parking area at the end of the adopted road by the house, and the main garden area which surrounds the house with areas of lawn to the east, south & west, although the actual site boundaries extend beyond the first fence and will be pointed out at the time of viewing. There is a small, part walled enclosure in the north-west corner.

Also is included is the large shed by the house which is around 30m long and comprises three interconnected spaces. It has power & lighting, a water supply and tractor doors at the east end accessed via a hardcore track running along the front of the building although this is now overgrown.

The shed sits in around ¼ acre and offers various development opportunities subject to the usual consents required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band A. 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 (52)

Property Location

To reach the property drive to Scousburgh and follow the road right around the Loch of Spiggie. Littleness is about halfway round being the only property between the road and the west side of the loch, the house being accessed by an adopted tarred side road.

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