Hillsgarth, Baliasta

Hillsgarth, Baliasta, Unst, Shetland, ZE2 9DY

Offers over £190,000



Substantial, Category C listed, historic former manse, now a spacious family home situated centrally on Shetland's most northerly isle, Unst. Hillsgarth which was originally built in circa 1790 is a stone built, five bedroom property with an attached two-bedroom annex on the East elevation. This could be used as additional accommodation or has the potential for extra income through renting it out. To the rear of the property there is a stunning, vast flat walled private garden surrounded in mature trees, and adjacent to some former derelict steading buildings. 

The main property was re-roofed following a fire in 1982. It benefits from built-in storage in most of the bedrooms and plenty of other storage cupboards throughout. Central heating is provided via an oil-fired boiler servicing a wet radiator system in the main house and electric storage heaters in the annex. Various other open fireplaces have been blocked off including the living room however this could be reinstated. The property would benefit from some repairs and general modernisation throughout, this is reflected in the valuation however this presents a perfect opportunity to obtain a property that would make a comfortable, sizeable family home with the potential benefit of an additional income from letting out the attached annex (subject to any necessary consents)

Accommodation comprises; 

Main House

Ground floor - Living room, kitchen, dining room, study/store room, utility room and toilet.

First floor - Five bedrooms (one with en suite shower room) and bathroom.


Kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and a shower room.

Externally, the property comes with a tree-lined walled garden, former steading buildings and shared parking for multiple cars.


Unst is Britain’s most-northerly island. Baltasound has a thriving and creative community with a shop, leisure centre with swimming pool, hotel and a pub. The island itself also has a bakery (and shop) a popular tea room, boat haven and many beaches. There are bird populations and flower species of national significance as well as nature reserves, fishing, ornithology and historical sites to enjoy. It is a family-friendly environment with many locals living a sustainable lifestyle, enjoying a slower pace of life and strong community spirit and support.


Property ID: 25361628
Price: Offers over £190,000
Property Type: Detached House
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 3
Receptions: 2
Gardens: 1
Parking Spaces: 4

Room Details

Ground Floor

Entrance Porch

Tiled flooring, East facing external door, South and West facing windows, and centre light.

Living room

Two radiators, open fireplace (not in use) with electric fire in position, South and East facing windows, centre light and carpet to the floor.


Base and wall units with white laminate worktop and tiled splash back. Stainless steel sink, electric cooker, integrated extractor hood, dishwasher, freestanding fridge, two spotlight bars, hanging pot and pan rack, radiator, West facing window and laminiate to the floor.

Walk-in larder cupboard with built in shelves and a chest freezer.

Dining Room

Centre light, radiator, South facing window and carpet to the floor.


Centre light, North facing window, radiator, shelving, built-in storage, Stainless steel sink with base units underneath. Access door into the annex is on the East wall with the electrical consumer unit located in a cupboard above.


Carpet to the floor, radiator, two centre lights, and storage cupboards.


Toilet, pedestal sink, radiator, North facing window, wall light and laminate flooring.

Utility Room

Vinyl flooring, shelving, coat hooks, East facing external door and centre light. The space is divided up into smaller rooms, one housing the boiler and another with washing machine, pedestal sink and wall unit. There is stairs which leads up into a loft storage area above the utility room.

First floor


Centre light, loft hatch, built-in cupboard housing the hot water tank, radiator and carpet to the floor.


Toilet, pedestal sink, bath with electric shower, curved glass screen and tiled splash back. North facing window, centre light, shaver light, electric towel rail, corner shelves, tiled flooring and radiator.

Bedroom 1

Carpet to the floor, built-in wardrobes, East and South facing windows, radiator and centre light.

En Suite

Toilet, pedestal sink, shower with folding door enclosure, tiled splash back and electric shower, wall light and shaver light.

Bedroom 2

Carpet flooring, centre light, window, radiator and built-in wardrobe.

Bedroom 3

Window, radiator, centre light, built in wardrobe and carpet to the floor.

Bedroom 4

Carpet flooring, centre light, radiator, window and built-in wardrobe.

Bedroom 5

Centre light, radiator, window and carpet to the floor.



Base and wall units, laminate worktop, stainless steel sink, white tiled splash back, electric cooker, extractor hood, oven, washing machine and fridge/ freezer. South facing window, centre light and laminate floor.

Living room

East and South facing windows, two centre lights and carpet to the floor.


Centre light, storage heater and laminate to the floor.

Bedroom 1

Carpet, centre light, pedestal sink, loft hatch, East facing window and electric panel heater.

Bedroom 2

East facing window, pedestal sink, centre light, electric panel heater and carpet to the floor.

Shower Room

Toilet, pedestal sink, shower with folding door enclosure, wet wall panelling around and electric shower, heated towel rail, centre light, vinyl flooring, wall shelving and West facing window.


Large enclosed garden surrounded with dry stone walls and mature trees to the North of the property, there is also a timber garden shed.

To the North West at the rear of the property there is the ruins of and old steading and outbuildings.

At the front there is shared parking with the next door health centre.

Electricity: Mains
Water: Mains
Drainage: Mains
Telephone: Connected
Heating: Oil-fired radiators in the main house. Electric storage and panel heaters in the annex.

Council Tax – Band D

EPC Rating – Band E

All fixed items included in the sale.

Immediate entry available on conclusion of legal formalities with a flexible entry date.

By appointment only.

Any parties wishing to be advised of a closing date should note their interest with a solicitor.

Arthur & Simpson
68 Commercial Street, Lerwick, ZE1 0DL
Telephone 01595 747 045
Email: estateagency@arthursimpson.co.uk

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