Listed Building

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Group Category Details
100000020 - See notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
Walls And Sandness
HU 22311 47793
422311, 1147793


1759, with later additions and alterations. Group comprising former merchant laird's house (now hotel) with associated walled garden to E connecting to former trading booth; curved sea wall to beach and clack mill at S.

BURRASTOW HOUSE: 2-storey and attic 3-bay symmetrical former merchant laird?s house (now hotel), with earlier 19th and early 20th century 2-storey wings projecting to rear (N) and meeting at centre to form square plan with single storey and attic 6-bay former barn (now modernised) projecting to N from NW corner. Harled walls with polished ashlar margins and dressings. Projecting cills to windows.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical, carved stone lions, sedant, and clasping shields, flanking stone forestair with harled sides, rising to gabled and harled porch projecting in centre bay; windows in flanking bays, regular fenestration at 1st floor.

W ELEVATION: symmetrical regularly-fenestrated 2-bay gable of principal range to right with small square windows in each bay at attic. 2-bay flat-roofed rear wing extending to left with modern lean-to conservatory at ground, regular fenestration 1st floor, and wallhead stack at corner to outer left. Modernised elevation of former barn advanced at left.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: asymmetrical, single storey lean-to advanced at ground with rear wings rising behind, connected at centre by V-shaped parapet; bipartite window centred at 1st floor of right wing; crenellated parapet with wallhead stack to left wing.

E ELEVATION: asymmetrical, 2-bay gable of principal range to left with single window in bay to left at principal floor, regular fenestration at 1st floor, smaller windows in each bay at attic. 2-bay rear wing extending to right with modern lean-to conservatory at ground, window in bay to right at 1st floor, and crenellated parapet.

Timber sash and case windows; predominantly plate glass and 4-pane pattern; single 12-pane window surviving at principal floor of E gable. Purple-grey slate roofs with droved ashlar, concrete, and lead-covered skew-copes. Harled gablehead stacks to principal range and wallhead stacks to rear wings, all harled and coped with circular cans.

WALLED GARDEN: battered random rubble wall enclosing roughly rectangular garden adjoining house and cottage at SW and SE corners respectively.

SEA WALL AND GATEPIERS: cement-rendered sea wall with battered and crenellated concrete parapet; narrow timber gate centred to S of house with stone steps to beach; wall extends to left (W), curving to S and terminated by square cement-rendered gatepiers with pyramidal caps. Random rubble retaining sea wall to N of cottage.

Statement of Special Interest

B Group with Burrastow Cottage and Burrastow Clack Mill. Burrastow was a seat of the Henry family, but was bought for use as a summerhouse by a Colonel Foster, who was a Yorkshire mill owner, and extended. A photograph from the early 1970s shows the now modernised barn to be a low random rubble building with a corrugated-iron roof. Despite recent alterations to the house for hotel use, this group remains a good example of a merchant laird's house with its associated walled garden and trading booth adjoining.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p56.

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