This was not our first choice but when my brother-in-law and his wife arrived before us at Gleann na Smol where we thought we had reservations, they were told it was overbooked and he would look for another place to put us. They looked the room over at Hazelwood and it appeared clean enough. And it was just that—sufficient. The house was very cluttered and the room sparsely decorated. Fixtures in the bathroom seemed a bit old except for the shower that had a special electronic pump that kept up the pressure and heated the water quickly. Our toilet took a good ten minutes or more to refill and the trickle was very irritating when you were trying to fall asleep. The bed was comfortable enough.
Breakfast was instant coffee or hot tea with orange juice, toast, hot porridge, scrambled eggs, cereal, fruit from the apple trees in the yard. The dining room was one lage table in the middle of a room full of hutches brimming with dishes and glasses of all sorts. Interesting family pictures were scattered all about. For me, it was a bit clostrophobic but that’s just me.
The redeeming element of Hazelwood was Rosaleen who chattered on about the area, its history, its landmarks, etc. She was a quite a hostess.
Hazelwood suffices for a short stay in Howth which was an excellent alternative to staying in Dublin itself. The DART station was easy to access by car or bus and in about 15-20 minutes on the DART, you are in Dublin.