Explore The House

The house was built when Gulberwick was populated by nothing more than a few crofts and farms, together with the school and church. It faces South on to landscaped gardens and has an open outlook to the nearby beach. Its location gives it a unique sense of privacy with the beach a 5-minute stroll away yet being only a short drive from all the amenities of Lerwick.

The house is deceptively spacious. The 2 bedrooms upstairs can be configured with 2 single beds or a super-king bed, each room having en-suite facilities and ample storage for clothes and personal items.

Downstairs there is a fully equipped modern kitchen with dining area, a large bathroom, a utility room with washing and drying facilities and 2 lounges.  One of these has a Freeview TV and DVD player, as well as plenty of books to keep you entertained. The other has a fireplace, and leather seating for an evening, perhaps with a glass of something fine in front of the fire. And don’t forget the sun porch! You might be surprised how often you find yourself sitting there with a cup of coffee or tea, enjoying the views of the gardens, the fields, and the sea.

Other facilities include free wifi, oil-fired central heating and, in the kitchen, a large Rangemaster dual fuel cooking range with gas hob and electric ovens, and a dishwasher.

You can see from the pictures in our gallery that Fairview is a traditional stone-built house. While it has been modernised to meet the needs of today’s visitors, the style of the original building has been retained, where possible, to fit into the landscape and help you to feel truly at home in these wonderful islands.

The feature of a glazed porch has been a very usual addition to Shetland homes for many years. It helps to keep homes cosy on windy days and in Fairview, because of its orientation, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy the view on a sunny day.

The Sitting Room

The first sitting room, part of the original house with some of the traditional look retained, has a stove for which an initial supply of briquettes or logs is provided. The stove used to be fuelled by peat, but recent legislation prohibits the selling of peat. The room has comfortable leather chairs and good-sized coffee table for drinks or games, and a music system with an eclectic collection of CDs. This room gives access to the West room.

The West Room

The West room was once the local village shop. Access to it from the house was originally through what is now the bathroom. Though the shop has long since gone it was only in 2007/8 that this room was transformed into the comfortable sitting room it is now. This warm, bright, and relaxing room has a TV with Freeview and a DVD player and if you want to read books about Shetland – geology, history, wildlife, walking routes and much more – then this is where to look. There is also a good selection of light reading as well as some DVDs.

The Kitchen

The kitchen is well equipped, with a dual-fuel Rangemaster cooker (electric ovens, gas hob), a microwave oven, and dishwasher. There is also a very comprehensive range of crockery and kitchen utensils to hand. Vacuum flasks and sealable plastic boxes are available for picnics. At Fairview you will find a Welcome Pack of food essentials to get you going, with supplies of tea and coffee as well as oil, condiments and a range of herbs and spices for your cooking.

If you are tall, do watch your head as you go through to the rear hallway, as the headroom in the access way is restricted!

The Utility Room

The utility room is equipped with a washing machine and condensing dryer. We provide Ecover detergent and fabric softener. Additionally, there is a pulley – ideal for hanging up larger damp items to dry overnight. This is also the place to pick up beach towels. You will find controls for the heating in the hall next to the door of the utility room.  

In the rear hall is a small bookcase with lots of information about Shetland attractions as well as local Ordinance Survey maps of Shetland for you to use during your stay. You will also find a selection of board games and jigsaws to enjoy together on the occasional night in.

The bathroom has a separate shower and semi sunken bath – an inviting space for a relaxing soak. Towel rails are heated.

The rear porch – accessed from the rear hall – holds a selection of wellington boots – sizes 11, 10, 8, 6(x2) and 5. There are buckets and spades for small visitors.

Redd-up equipment (from Shetland dialect, meaning to clean up) – if you would like to help keep the local beaches clear of the ubiquitous plastic debris that gets washed up then there are two litter pickers available. Please take a bag from the back porch, and once it is filled, you can empty the plastic from it into the rubbish collection bin at the Community Hall. Please return the litter pickers and bag to the porch.

The Bedrooms

Both bedrooms at Fairview can be set up with a super-king size bed or two single beds. The duvets are silk, and feather or synthetic pillows are available as required. Each bedroom has en-suite facilities – toilet, wash-hand basin and a heated towel rail. These rooms also have hairdryers and plenty of space for your toiletries. Hot water bottles are also available for each guest.

The bedrooms are equipped with clock/radios and there is a bedside tea maker available. Each dormer window is set up with a bench and cushions below the window so that you can relax here and read a book or enjoy the view in privacy. Either side of the windows are shelves and baskets for storing your clothes and there is also hanging space.

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