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Hazelwood Demesne

home of Lough Gill Distillery

Hazelwood Demense sits on the banks of Lough Gill at the foot of the Dartry mountain range which is home to the stories of Fionn & the Fianna, Diarmuid & Grainne, Maeve Queen of Connacht, the Wells of St. Patrick, the Lake of Tears, the Wail of the Banshee and Tír na nÓg. It is nestled in the shadow of Cairns Hill, which, together with Carrowmore, forms part of one of the greatest megalithic complexes of ancient Ireland. It has spiritual significance, being surrounded by seven cairn topped mountains, including Knocknarea, where Queen Maeve, the warrior queen, is reputedly buried, standing facing her enemies, spear in hand

It was here in 1722 that the Wynne family chose to build their legacy, Hazelwood House.

Note: The word demense (pronounced diˈmein) derives from the Old French demeine. In the feudal system the demesne was all the land retained under his own management by a lord of the manor for his own use and support, rather than given over to tenants.



The Wynne family established themselves in Sligo in the early 18th century. They went on to become one of the dominant forces in political and economic life in the county for the next 200 years.

Photo - Dublin City Library and Archive.



Built by architect Richard Castle for Owen Wynne, this exquisite, but progressively brutalised house superbly located in mature woodland on the banks of the Garavogue River, is one of County Sligo's most neglected treasures. It is a splendid and imposing example of the Palladian-style.