Bright Red Island Kitchen

Bright Red Island Kitchen

This great kitchen is in a house that is for sale on the Shetland Island of Unst.

When you think of living on an island, you probably think of tropical beaches. That’s not the Shetland Islands.

I started following the Shetland News on Facebook when I started reading the mystery novels by Ann Cleeves.

Thin Air: A Shetland Mystery by Ann Cleeves
Thin Air: A Shetland Mystery by Ann Cleeves

Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves went to Unst to investigate when Eleanor disappears from a wedding into Thin Air.


House at 10 Brakefield Crescent, Haroldswick, Unst, Shetland Islands, UK
House at 10 Brakefield Crescent, Haroldswick, Unst, Shetland Islands, UK

Yes, you can live on Unst. 650 people do.

This house is at 10 Brakefield Crescent, Haroldswick

Affordable three bedroom semi-detached property, understood to have been built in the mid-1970s, in a small estate in the village of Haroldswick on the island of Unst, Britain’s most northerly inhabited island.

The double-glazed accommodation… is arranged over two floors…

I guess this means the windows are double-glazed?

Bright Red Kitchen on Unst, Shetland Islands
Bright Red Kitchen on Unst, Shetland Islands

The house has a “large modern fitted kitchen/diner with integral appliances.”

Kitchen/diner is what we call eat-in kitchen. By fitted, they mean the cabinets are installed to the walls and integral appliances also means installed.

Bright Red Kitchen on Unst, Shetland Islands
Bright Red Kitchen on Unst, Shetland Islands

Lots of counter space and double ovens.

Bright Red Kitchen on Unst, Shetland Islands
Bright Red Kitchen on Unst, Shetland Islands

The stainless steel sink has a single basin and a built-in drainboard.

Look at all the outlets!
Look at all the outlets!

I don’t even know what all of these outlets could be for. It looks like what is behind the bed in a hospital room.

The view
The view

These windows overlook the back.

The small garden area to the rear enjoys an open outlook over the surrounding countryside
The small garden area to the rear enjoys an open outlook over the surrounding countryside

There is a small garden area to the rear which enjoys an open outlook over the surrounding countryside, accessed via the rear lobby. To the front is a small bricked paved area plus the ramp leading to the front door. The property also has shared use of the drying green to the side of the house, whilst there is public parking right outside the house.

By garden they mean yard.

Small garden area with a rock wall
Small garden area with a rock wall

These look like the stacked stone walls that are on all of the property lines and on the sides of the roads in Ireland.

The bathroom
The bathroom

One bedroom and the bath are also downstairs, they call it a “shower room” which makes sense, since there is actually no bath tub.  The bathroom is modified for the disabled, with  a walk-in shower. They call it a “wet room style shower room.”

A towel warmer
A towel warmer

There is a towel warmer. I loved the towel warmers I found in the B&Bs in Ireland so much, I came home and bought one.

Project: Towel Warmer, Oh Yes! >

A bidet in the bathroom
A bidet in the bathroom

Guests from England are always surprised that we just don’t have bidets here in our bathrooms.  At least not often.

Both upstairs bedrooms have skylights.
Both upstairs bedrooms have skylights.

It has three bedrooms, two upstairs and one downstairs. Both upstairs bedrooms have skylights and really big closets.

The other upstairs bedroom Both bedrooms have lots of closet space.
The other upstairs bedroom
Both bedrooms have lots of closet space.

This house has some seriously bright colors.

One of the upstairs bedrooms, with lots of closet space and really bright colors
One of the upstairs bedrooms, with lots of closet space and really bright colors

So, convinced yet? Don’t you want to live on Unst?

It is sold “fixed price” £68,000. Sometimes they are “offers starting at…”

Brakefield Crescent is situated in Haroldswick at the north end of Unst, Britain’s most northerly inhabited island which measures approximately 12 miles long by five miles wide.

Although the island has a population of only around 650 it has excellent amenities most of which are based in Baltasound, the main population centre a few miles south of the house, where there is a Junior High School, superb leisure centre/swimming pool, several local shops (one with fuel), post office, garage, doctors surgery, care centre, hotel and marina. Haroldswick itself has a heritage centre and small boat museum, a tea room plus a small brewery at the Saxa Vord resort.

Unst has many places of interest in particular Hermaness National Nature Reserve, Keen of Hammer Reserve, fine beaches at Norwick, Skaw, Sandwick and Westing, Muckle Flugga and also Muness Castle.

The island is connected to mainland Shetland by regular ro-ro ferry service which runs throughout the day from Belmont at the south end of Unst, to the neighbouring island of Yell (approximately 10 minute crossing), and from Yell to Toft on mainland Shetland (approximately 20 minute crossing).

For viewing arrangements, please contact Agent’s reception on 01595 695583.

So, if you want to move to Unst, contact Agent Harper Macleod LLP incorp with Dowle, Smith & Rutherford at Telephone 01595 695583.