Hosting goals: the best kitchens and dining rooms for gatherings


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8 heavenly hideaways perfect for food-filled reunions

With cutting edge kitchens and stunning dining areas, these homes are the perfect hideaways for catching up with loved ones over great food and wine. Whether you’re looking to bring in a private chef, indulge in a cookery class all together or simply get stuck in and make your own dinner, the state-of-the-art kitchens and stunning dining areas in these homes make them the ideal spots for hosting that long-awaited reunion with family and friends.  

Allergies? Fussy eaters? Young kids in the group? Dining at home takes the hassle out of finding a restaurant to suit all tastes and ages. And, even better, if you opt for your own private chef as well as staff to help clear up afterwards, you won’t have to worry about anything but relaxing. Here are eight of our favourite spots for family time and feasting.

Nestled high up in the Santa Monica mountains, enjoy sweeping sea views and plenty of sunshine at Palisades Drive. What’s more, with a vast kitchen and plenty of beautiful spots to dine, both inside and outside, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to enjoy your dinner. Come evening, the kids will love chilling out in the home cinema, while adults can enjoy peaceful drinks on the sun-kissed terrace.

A design lover’s dream, this iconic Kensington home is a stylish spot indeed. Designed by architect Michaelis Boyd, kids will just love the fun fireman’s pole down into the kitchen, while grown-ups will be blown away by the kitchen and dining area. Spacious, beautifully designed and flooded with natural light, this state-of-the-art kitchen is the perfect spot for a family get together. 

Sultry and glamorous, Jane Street Townhouse II is the perfect spot for enjoying the very best of New York from. Set in the coveted area of West Village, the interiors of this home are a wonderful blend of wood, velvet, marble and mirrors. Enjoy drinks on the sun-kissed terrace, before tucking into a delicious dinner all together around the magnificent dining table. 

The gorgeous open-plan living space at Pacific Retreat makes it the ideal spot to host reunions with family and friends. While dinner is cooking, you can gather around the kitchen island for drinks and nibbles or else head out onto the terrace to relax in the sunshine and enjoy the stunning sea views. 

Sleeping up to ten people, this elegant coral stone villa is an idyllic Caribbean island hideaway for large groups of friends and family. With a vast, well-equipped kitchen, a covered dining area on the terrace and plenty of cosy spots to sit and catch up, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and be merry at Coral Pavilion.

Stunning in every sense, the five-bedroom, five-bathroom South Coogee Castle makes for a memorable family getaway. Designed by renowned Sydney architect Renato D’Ettorre, the industrial-inspired interiors contrast with the clean-cut contemporary furniture and cool modern artworks - the perfect spot for design lovers! The dining space is especially special - a vast open-plan room with marble floors and a grand polished wooden table. 

Enjoy breath-taking panoramic views and total privacy from the stunning Villa Cora in Saint-Tropez. With an incredible kitchen and plenty of elegant dining spaces, both inside and out, you’ll be able to enjoy the balmy weather and delicious local produce all together. However, each of the six rooms also comes with its own terrace, just in case you fancy a solitary coffee or glass of wine later on.

Set in the celebrity-filled neighbourhood of Bel Air, the magnificent five-bedroom Somera Road comes complete with a large and well-equipped kitchen and a beautiful dining area. What's more you'll find plenty of outdoor space here, should you wish to take advantage of LA’s balmy weather and dine al fresco. 

Looking for the perfect spot for a reunion with loved ones? Our expert travel advisors will match you to your perfect home, before helping plan the finer details of your family getaway. From uniquely tailored city tours and wine tastings to organising your own private chef, these are the little details which will make your trip truly special.

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