6 bedroom detached house for saleThe West Manse Tresta Fetlar ZE2 9DJ
- Dining Room
- Central Heating
- About 1 acre
- Island location
- Fine views
Unique opportunity to acquire a substantial detached former manse set in around one acre mainly walled grounds, in idyllic ‘get-away-from-it-all’ location close to the fine beach at Tresta on the island of Fetlar, ‘the Garden of Shetland’. The property enjoys spectacular views over Tresta beach, Papil Water, Lamb Hoga & the Wick of Tresta.
The extensive accommodation (275m˛) in this grade C(s) listed property is arranged over three floors and includes two large reception rooms, six bedrooms, four bathrooms (one en-suite), a large dining kitchen with oil-fired ‘Rayburn’ supplying central heating, plus a substantial studio / office.
The grounds include a 41’ x 12’ former byre which has been re-roofed in recent times and may have the potential for conversion to residential use or perhaps as a home office (subject to consents).
Fetlar, which has a primary school & shop, is linked to mainland Shetland by a regular ro-ro ferry service which runs via the neighbouring islands of Yell & Unst.
‘The West Manse’ is situated on the island of Fetlar which is situated off the east cost of the island of Yell at the north end of Shetland. Known as the ‘garden of Shetland’ due to its green landscape and fertile soil, Fetlar has a rich natural heritage and stunning scenic beauty. It is an ornithologists’ paradise as there is an RSPB reserve and a wide variety of bird life can be seen including one of Britain’s rarest breeding birds, the red necked phalarope, plus whimbrels, red-throated divers, golden plovers, eider ducks, arctic skuas, arctic terns amongst many others. The island is also of significant geological and archaeological interest and both the houses at Brough Lodge & Leagarth have interesting histories. The community run museum / interpretive centre is an excellent source of further information on the island.
The island has a population of around 50 with amenities including a local primary school, shop & post office (open for a couple of hours, five days a week), resident district nurse (a doctor visits once a fortnight), community hall with café in the summer months, weekly club night & bar plus other functions, a camping bod, church & religious community.
Access to the island is via a subsidised ro-ro ferry service which runs several times a day to mainland Shetland via the neighbouring islands of Yell / Unst (25 minute crossing). The ferry from Yell to Toft on mainland Shetland takes about 20 minutes allowing Lerwick to be reached in around two hours or so.
Further information on Fetlar can be found at:-
‘The West Manse’ which dates back to 1756 was originally the manse for the island’s West Kirk. The house was later extended to the front & rear in the mid-to-late 1800’s.
The house is attractively situated close to the fine beach at Tresta, within its own mainly walled grounds which are estimated to extend to around an acre. There are fine views to the south & west over the beach at Tresta, Papil Water, Lamb Hoga & the Wick of Tresta.
John Tudor, a traveller who visited around 1880 noted: ‘The Manse of Tresta is, with the exception of Tingwall, the most beautifully situated parsonage in the islands, and covered as it is in the summer time with wild trailing honey-suckle, and surrounded by small elderberry trees, has a very south of Pentland Firth feel about it.’
The property which is Grade C(S) listed, is mostly of stone construction with a mainly slate roof. Central heating is provided throughout, supplied by an oil-fired ‘Rayburn’ stove in the kitchen. A number of windows have been replaced with hardwood sash & case units matching the originals. There are a number of fireplaces although all the chimneys are presently capped with the exception of that serving the ‘Rayburn’. The house has a private water supply (shared with three other houses) and a cesspit. There is a telephone point on each floor and broadband is available.
Although some significant repairs have been carried out over the past couple of years, further general refurbishment is required, nonetheless the property offers considerable character and enormous potential. Due to its size (the gross internal floor area is estimated to be around 275m˛), the extensive grounds and the superb setting, it is an ideal family property or alternatively it could be used as a B&B as has been the case in the past, particularly as the island offers much of interest to visitors. The large outbuilding offers great potential for a home office.
Sittingroom, Dining room, Dining Kitchen, six Bedrooms, two Bathrooms, two Shower rooms (one en-suite), Studio / Office, Utility area, Hall, Rear Lobby & Porch, plus a large Outbuilding & Double Garage.
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