Vaila Island for sale – with a price tag of £1.75m

The island of Vaila – with six and a half miles of coastline and a 17th-century mansion – has been marketed for bids of over 1.75 million.

Vaila on the west coast is separated from mainland Shetland by the Vaila Sound and is a 10 minute boat ride from the island’s private shore base in a sheltered bay with a jetty.

Savills sales agents say Vaila encompasses rugged cliffs, rocky outcrops, caves and shingle beaches.

To the north and east, Vaila overlooks the northern and central part of mainland Shetland towards Muckle Roe and Lerwick.

On a clear day there are uninterrupted views of the Fair Isle to the south and Foula to the west.

Luke French, from Savills, said: “At the meeting point of the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, it is a wild and beautiful part of the world.

“The juxtaposition of the dramatic and elemental land and seascape with the exquisite craftsmanship of the historic Vaila Hall makes for a truly extraordinary property.

“A rare prize indeed for the next owner, but also one that benefits from practical foresight from the vendors with the base building ashore providing ease of access and the agricultural enterprise, farmhouse and cottage creating a variety of opportunities.”

He adds: “This striking location, once home to Norwegian Viking rulers, is the unlikely setting of a magnificent 17th century mansion.

“Vaila Hall grew from a mansion to a grand summer residence in the late 19th century and by the early 20th century lavish parties were held there, with up to 30 people listed as employees on the island in 1901.

The current owners purchased the island in 1993 and since then the house has undergone a comprehensive and sympathetic restoration to provide a well appointed and comfortable home.

“Highlights include a stately great hall with a massive stone fireplace, full-height stained glass windows and a gallery of minstrelsy, plus a concealed entry into the functional kitchen.”

Eleanor C. William