Hazelwood House, Sligo

Hazelwood Demesne Sligo
Co Sligo


  • NIAH Ref: 32325001
  • Date: 1720 - 1740
  • Rating: National
  • Orig. Use: Country House
  • Townland: Hazelwood Demesne
  • County: Sligo
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Criteria for Risk

  • Vacant with no identified new use
  • Suffering from neglect and/or poor maintenance


  • Condition of Structure: Fair
  • Level of Risk: High


The building is only recently vacant but there is no identified new use. Although previously well maintained, it now requires repairs. There are signs of increasing neglect. There is no immediate danger of collapse but condition is such that unless urgent remedial works are carried out the building will sharply deteriorate.

It is a three storey over basement house with curved quadrants linking wings designed by Richard Castle circa 1731 for Owen Wynne MP. Distinguished scheme of interior decoration ranking among the best surviving suite of rooms of this period in Ireland. An intrusive factory building constructed by Italian nylon fibre manufacturing firm Snia in 1960s between main house and lake. From 1980's it was the location of Korean video manufacturing company Saehan. The house is poorly maintained over a number of decades. There was €100,000 Heritage Council grant money recently awarded towards roof conservation. Proper use and management of house remains unresolved. An Bord Pleanála refused major housing scheme in grounds, upholding Sligo County Council refusal.

Updated January 2018:.A planning permission was granted in 2016 for conservation of house and stables in conjunction with distillery conversion of vacant factory at rear of historic house. Works have commenced on conservation of house. It is anticipated the structure(s) will no longer be at immediate risk and can be removed from this register in time.

Recommended Use

  • Community
  • Educational

Photograph Credit: theirishaesthete.com

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