Welcome to Ladysmith House, Scalloway, Mainland Shetland. Only 10 minutes drive from the main town of Lerwick and very centrally situated, this lovely two bedroomed cottage nestles in a snug spot underneath a hill and overlooking the picturesque harbour. It was built around 1900 and has undergone recent refurbishment throughout, although still retains much of its original charm with a wood burning stove in the sitting room to keep you nice and cosy, coupled with the modernity of underfloor heating in the bathroom, it is a real home from home. If the weather is nice, there is a lovely Mediterranean styled terrace outside with a built in barbeque for you to relax and enjoy, and if walking is your thing, we are ideally placed with many lovely walks close by and ample space to store boots, outdoor clothing, or any other outdoor pursuit equipment as well as information on local routes and maps should you need them. At the back of the house, you can make friends with the Shetland ponies which freely roam behind the hill-dyke. Many trees shelter the property and rare migrant birds are often spotted by bird watchers. Beautiful white sandy beaches are just a short drive away and for rainy days, one of Shetland’s many indoor pools with sauna and solarium is within easy walking distance. Ladysmith House is close to the shops, post office, playpark and main bus route into Lerwick. Also nearby are a few popular places to eat, including a good Chinese takeaway and the local hotel which has a reputation for quality local produce. In other words, all you need is right on your doorstep, and if there is anything we can help you with at all, all you have to do is ask!
Scalloway is built around a sheltered bay, and often referred to as "the haven under the hill", it is traditionally a fishing village but was once the ancient capital of Shetland, and its 17th Century castle is well worth a visit. The famous "Shetland Bus" operated out of Scalloway in wartime years and its links with Norway remain strong. The Scalloway museum tells the story in detail, and brings the past to life as does the beautiful memorial on the waterfront. A stroll along here allows you a sea-level view of the bay and you might spot a seal or two popping up for a look or even a shy otter near the boat marina. Arctic terns are regularly seen diving for inshore fish and Killer whales have even been known to venture into the harbour. Boat trips to see more of our rich bird and sea-life can easily be booked locally, and you too can have a real encounter with nature as seen on the highly popular "Simon King Shetland Diaries" television programme. Again, we are happy to assist you in any way we can.
A welcome tray with homebakes is provided for your arrival.
Please contact us to make a booking - we very much look forward to welcoming you!