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The Wynnes of Hazelwood The    Wynne    family    occupied    Hazelwood    House    for    three hundred    years,    during    which    time    all    the    head's    of    the    Wynne household, with only one exception, bore the name of Owen Wynne. The   first   occupant   of   Hazelwood   House   was   Lt.   General   Owen   Wynne 1664-1737,   third   son   of   Owen   Wynne   Senior   of   Lurganboy,   County Leitrim   and   formerly   of   the   Bala   Estate   of   the   Gwynnes   in   the   old county   of   Merionith   in   Wales,   now   known   as   the   larger   county   of Gwynedd. Lt-Gen.   Owen Wynne,   a   descendant   of   the Welsh Wynne   family from   Merioneth.   On   his   death   in   1737,   the   estate   passed   to   his   nephew, also Owen Wynne (1686-1755) who was an Army officer. He   was   succeeded   by   his   son,   a   third   Owen,   who   was   High   Sheriff   of Sligo   for   1723   and   1745.   The   house   then   passed   to   the   latter's   son,   a fourth   Owen   (died   1789),   who   was   an   M.P.   for   County   Sligo   in   the Irish Parliament and an Irish Privy Councillor. His   eldest   son,   a   fifth   Owen   (1755–1841),   inherited   the   house on    his    death    and    was    also    an    M.P.    for    County    Sligo    in    the    Irish Parliament   and   High   Sheriff.   He   was   followed   by   his   son,   John Arthur Wynne   (1801–1865),   MP   for   Sligo   Borough   and   High   Sheriff   for   1840, and   John   Arthur's   son,   a   sixth   Owen   (1843–1910),   High   Sheriff   for 1874. Owen   Wynne   in   his   youth   had   served   as   a   lieutenant   in   the   61st Foot   Regiment,   as   well   as   following   in   the   family   tradition   of   being High   Sheriff   of   County   Sligo   in   1875   and   of   County   Leitrim   in   1881. Owen   Wynne   died   in   1910   at   the   age   of   67   and   with   no   male   heir   to take   over   the   estates,   so   too   came   the   end   of   the Wynne's   occupation   of Hazelwood   House.   After   the   death   of   Owen   Wynne   in   1910,   Owen's daughter    Murial    and    her    husband    Philip    Dudley    Percival    lived    in Hazelwood   House,   selling   off   the   livestock   and   machinery   until   they left Hazelwood House in 1923.
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Hazelwood Estate  and Hazelwood Forest The   landscape   surrounding   Hazelwood   House,   and   beside   the   River   Garravogue   and   Lough   Gill   is   of outstanding   beauty.   It   has   been   under   threat   from   a   proposed   housing   development   that   would      scar   the   natural environment   forever.   Trees   would   have   been   ruthlessly   pulled   down,   with   roads,   pavements   and   houses   smothering the fertile land where once wild flowers grew. The   exquiste   views   along   the   river's   edge   would   have   been   replaced   by   the   sight   of   bricks   and   concrete.   The woods   much   loved   and   frequented   by   locals   and   visitors   alike   gone   under   the   bulldozers,   never   to   return.   The unspoilt   magnificence   of   Lough   Gill,   regarded   by   many   as   one   of   the   most   glorious   lakes   in   Ireland,   would   never have   been   the   same.   Thankfully,   with   the   committed   diligence   of   the   HHS   and   many   individuals,   this   environmental catastrophe   did   not   happen   and   the   beautiful   area   of   Hazelwood   Forest   is   safe   for   the   present,   for   residents   and visitors   to   admire,   explore   and   enjoy.   Now,   the   Hazelwood   Heritage   Society,   with   the   first   phase   of   its   mandate, opposing   the   proposed   development,   must   turn   its   attention   to   the   future   and   particularly   the   future   of   Hazelwood House. Hazelwood House Unfortunately   this   beautiful   and   important   Palladian   house   now   stands   empty.   The   remains   of   the   Saehan plastics   factory   covers   the   site   of   the   original   walled   garden   and   the   vista   behind   the   house.   Hazelwood   House   was   a great   18th   century   estate   owned   by   the   Wynne   family   in   Co.   Sligo.   From   the   original   15000   acres   only   70   acres   still belong to the House. This   website   is   dedicated   to   the   protection   and   care   of   Hazelwood   House   and   Hazelwood   Forest.   Hopefully you will enjoy your visit here. Please feel free to browse our webpages.
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Hazelwood House gets distillery green light          From the Sligo Champion     By Sorcha Crowley OWNERS   of   Hazelwood   House,   David   and   Sue   Raethorne   have   spoken   of   their   delight   at   finally   being   granted   permission   to   transform the former Saehan Media factory into a major tourist attraction for the North West. Speaking   exclusively   to   The   Sligo   Champion,   David   said   "We're   delighted.   The   planning   conditions   were   all   to   be   expected.   We're   very   happy with it" "Sligo   County   Council   has   been   fantastic   to   work   with   in   terms   of   the   process   of   planning.   In   fairness,   they   had   to   ask   for   a   lot   of information but they did make the process as easy as they could for us' he said. The   planning   permission   includes   the   restoration   of   Hazelwood   House   to   its   former   l8th   century   glory   and   conversion   of   the   old   factory to an exclusive whiskey distillery. It   was   the   first   Palladian   building   designed   in   Ireland   by   Leinster   House   architect   Richard   Cassels   in   1730.   Over   the   centuries   it's   been   an   aristocratic   home   for   the landed gentry, occupied by an army squadron and used as a psychiatric hospital. Now   a   new   chapter   is   beginning   with   plans   for   a   visitor   centre,   museum/exhibition   areas,   whiskey   historical   exhibition   and   "tasting   area   along   with   a   restaurant   and tea-rooms. The   former   videotape   factory   will   be   turned   into   a   modern   whiskey   distillery   warehouse,   visitor   tour   and   staff   facilities   and   another   cafe/restaurant   and   retail   centre. The   nearby   stables   will   also   be   restored   and   opened   as   craft   workshops   and   trade   display   areas.   The   site   has   under   24-hour   security   as   ground   preparation   work   is   underway.     The   first   sod   is   not   expected   to   be   turned   until   2018   under   the   owners   ten   year   phased   plan,   with   the   installation   of   the   distillery   plant   scheduled   for   2019   and   completion   of phase 1 in the factory due in 2020. "From   our   perspective   a   lot   depends   on   funding   and   how   the   distillery   goes,"   David   told   this   newspaper   "That   plan   is   the   worst   case   scenario   -   if   we   can   do   things quicker we will move quicker than that’ he said. The   Dublin   entrepreneur   would   like   to   host   similar   art   events   on   the   estate   to   the   Magnetism exhibition   staged   in   the   factory   last   year.   ‘If   there's   a   lot   of   construction   work   going   on   it's   not possible   but   we   still   have   options   around   the   site.   We’re   thinking   of   something   sculptural   perhaps but it could be 2017 before that happens," he said. ‘We   need   to   gather   our   thoughts,   sit   down   and   plan   now.   There   will   be   a   whole   series   of announcements made then over the summer' said. David. Sligo   planners   attached   28   conditions   to   the   permission.   The   owners   must   submit   a   report   annually providing    details    of    the    work    done    the    previous    year.    The    proposed    conservation    works    to Hazelwood   House   shall   be   carried   out   under   the   supervision   of   a   conservation   architect.   Under   "no circumstances’   shall   any   water   be   extracted   from   the   Garavogue   River   or   Lough   Gill   for   uses associated with the distillery.
Permission granted for distillery at Sligo’s Hazelwood House Production of single malt whiskey to start in the Lough Gill distillery within 12-18 months From the Irish Times Hazelwood   House   in   Co   Sligo,   which   was   considered   one   of   Ireland’s   most   at-risk   Palladian   mansions   just   two   years   ago,   is   set   to   be   restored.   Sligo County   Council   has   granted   planning   permission   for   the   restoration of   the   historic   house   which   was   constructed   for   the   Wynne   family   on the shores of Lough Gill in the early 1700s. The   owners   have   also   been   granted   permission   to   transform   a former   factory   in   the   grounds   of   the   historic   estate   into   a   whiskey distillery   and   visitors’   centre,   incorporating   a   cafe/restaurant   and retail centre. Hazelwood   House   was   designed   by   architect   Richard   Cassels, who     also     designed     Leinster     House,     Powerscourt     House     and Russborough House. Software     developer     David     Raethorne,     whose     company Hazelwood   Demesne   Limited   bought   the   estate   in   December   2014, said   production   of   single   malt   whiskey   would   begin   in   the   Lough Gill   distillery   on   the   estate   within   12-18   months.   “In   the   meantime whiskey will be distilled to our specifications at The Shed distillery in Drumshanbo, ” he said. Tourist attraction The   businessman   hopes   to   convert   the   property   into   a   flagship   tourist   attraction.   He   said   a   lot   of   work   had   already   been   done   making   the   house   safe, especially   in   the   west   wing.   Under   the   10-year   planning   permission,   the   former   factory,   built   in   the   1960s,   will   be   adapted   as   a   1,700sq   m   distillery   and visitors’ centre. Mr Raethorne said this would be phase one of the project but he was unclear what the timeline would be for the restoration of the house. “It has been there for 300 years so whether it takes three years or five years, the important thing for us is to get it right,” he said
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