Inside Hazelwood House

Hazelwood House

David Raethorne is one of the new owners of Hazelwood House, you can read about the plans in the Sligo Champion.

Snowy Benbulben

For those of you who don’t know about Hazelwood House. It’s located on the shores of Lough Gill right beside the beautiful Hazelwood Forest. The photo of Benbulben above was taken from the doorway of the house.

hazelwood forest

It’s very easy to see why the poet WB Yeats was so inspired by the place. It’s the perfect place to clear your head.

Outside the house

Now onto the house itself. Most of the windows have been boarded up now so there was very little light in the place, we did have torches though.

Inside the front door

The photo above is just as you go through the front door. It’s a beautiful room even in its current state.

Flock wallpaper

There are the remains of flock wallpaper on the walls of this room.


Down in the vaults there is some kind of inventory written on a door. The dates read the 1830’s. It’s amazing that this writing is still visible.

Writing on the door

A long-lost bottle sits in an alcove. It’s kind of fitting as one of the plans for the house is a whiskey distillery in the vaults.

BottleThere are so many corridors and rooms in the house. I quickly lost my bearings. It really reminded me of Sligo Gaol in parts though, the ceilings were very much the same design.


The house is 18th century Palladian style. There have been a few additions to it over the years – including some very strange ones which I’m sure will be sorted out.


On the top floor is a round balcony, above it was a glazed octagon (now boarded up), it would be fantastic to see this restored.

Looking down

The house was built in the 1700’s you can read more about the Wynne family who had Hazelwood House, there is a lot of information about them in Sligo history books. It was also used as a military barracks and even a psychiatric hospital. In 1969 a company bought the house and built the awful factory in the ‘back garden’ of Hazelwood House. I will do another blog post about the factory. The house and factory have been empty for at least ten years. A plan to build houses and apartments on the land by a development company was turned down for planning (thankfully).


After the look around the house we went out to the grounds and saw the remains of two windmills, which David is hoping to restore.

Windmill I’m delighted for the new owners, I think they will do a fantastic job with the house and it will be a massive boost for Sligo. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

13 thoughts on “Inside Hazelwood House

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    February 10, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing this Val. Wonderful to see a positive outcome for this amazing house in the offing.

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    February 10, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Great pix Val, been dying to see the inside meself! Thanks for sharing. 😀

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    February 10, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    It is truly great to see it is to be preserved. it would be totally fantastic if its sister house at Glenade could also be looked after……

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    February 11, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    What great news that there are plans to revamp the house. Such a heartwarming post!

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    February 11, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Great photos, love the old architecture, I’m looking forward to seeing the house renovated, the plans are exciting.

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    February 12, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    So glad Magnum Lady’s dream came true to finally photograph Hazelwood’s interior after all these years. Me thinks these are gorgeous depictions, so well done, Val! I agree the new owners Dave and Sue will be excellent custodians of this long-neglected treasure.

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    February 12, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Great photos, it will be great to see the renovations on the house and the other plans are very exciting.

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    February 12, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Great photos, it will be great to see the house been renovated and the other plans are very exciting too.

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    February 12, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    What a terrific post Val, I just love places like this, especially when they are facing a second lease on life as this place appears to be. Wonderful photographs and an insightful essay to accompany it, I really enjoyed this piece.

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        February 14, 2016 at 9:17 pm

        Great Shots Val and such good news, I’m sure everyone wishes the new owners well.

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