Oriel House

Oriel House is an early nineteenth century Georgian house, originally built as part of the Administration offices for the Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills, by the British Board of Ordnance under the supervision of Charles Wilkes. The house later became the home of Sir Thomas Tobin who acquired the mills in 1834.


Oriel House acquired its name “Oriel” from the round tower attached to the building. This feature was added by Sir Thomas Tobin to bring added brightness and light into the upper room where his wife painted.

Oriel House is now an expanded and modern hotel but the old house (below) has been carefully restored.

Oriel House

Oriel House

Oriel House website
Article and photos by Jenny Webb


One Response to Oriel House

  1. Ciara Feely says:

    Great to find this blog on Oriel and Ballincolig in general. I am a venue finder working with all venues in Ireland and I consistently get great feedback on Oriel House – the staff, and ease of working with them on a conference. I was speaking today with a client having a conference there at the moment – they couldn’t say enough good things and in particular about Chris. They felt they were the only cleints there but there was actually 3 other meetings going on at the same time. So good on Oriel House, Des, Janice and team.

    Ciara Feely
    Ireland’s Green Venue Finder

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