8 Festive Dining Rooms for the Holidays
The dining room is the centerpiece in this holiday-inspired collection of homes
The dining room is the centerpiece in this holiday-inspired collection of homes
A great dining room can be the secret ingredient that elevates a holiday dinner into a genuine feast—even in the straits of this socially distanced age. Though this year’s guest list may be small due to the Covid-19 restrictions, there’s no reason why an intimate dinner at home in the familial bubble can’t be a grand affair. A grand dining room makes it all possible: picture windows to enhance the view, decorative ceilings, exquisite wall coverings and finishes, a glowing fireplace, and a gleaming chandelier or two can recreate that festive ambience of yesteryear. Contemporary homes offer that wide, open-plan dining room and an airy stove-to-table kitchen brings the chefs back into the festivities. Then, there’s the period home with a separate, grandly appointed dining room perfect for formal dinners or intimate family gatherings. In either case, the ideal dining room blends elegance with ease, providing a comfortable space where great food and great company take center stage. This Luxury Defined collection of homes represents a wide range of architectural styles, each one with a beautifully designed dining room.
Grand Duplex on the Champs de Mars in Paris, France
This stately residence is situated in a fine turn-of-the-century Haussmannian building on Paris’s prestigious Champs de Mars, directly facing the Eiffel Tower. The palatial, 7,201-square-foot duplex is a masterpiece of design and craftsmanship, featuring hand-painted ceilings, elaborate marble work, Versailles parquet floors, and crystal chandeliers. At the entrance is a stunning double-height hall with a grand staircase and a custom-made Bösendorfer grand piano. Just beyond is a palatial reception room, an elegant library, formal dining room, and a large gourmet kitchen by La Cornue. The main floor also includes the principal suite, with a wood-paneled dressing room, luxurious bathroom, and private terrace, and two en suite bedrooms. The second floor houses a guest bedroom as well as a cinema, massage room, hammam, sauna and a fully equipped gym.
Residence 2704 at The Pierre in New York City
High atop New York’s legendary five-star hotel The Pierre, Residence 2704 features south, west, and northern exposures which allow for breathtaking views of Central Park and the city skyline. Custom designed millwork by David Linley and renovation and interior design by Anouska Hempel complement and elevate this grand and gracious home to the highest level. Natural light flows in from oversized windows in every room. The vestibule opens to an elegant gallery that circulates between the two bedrooms and the grand entertaining space, featuring a wood-burning fireplace and spectacular park views. A perfectly proportioned and windowed dining room leads to a large kitchen, private home office, and powder room. The corner primary suite, with park and open skyline views facing south, features a sumptuous dressing suite and a restored black and white marble Art Deco bathroom with soaking tub. The bedroom wing of this home also includes a second bedroom with a full bathroom and ample closets. Individually controlled air conditioning and heating for each room and lighting throughout as well as exceptional hotel services provided by The Pierre are additional highlights.
Moorish-Inspired Compound in Marrakesh, Morocco
Villa Albali is a palatial private compound overlooking the Atlas Mountains near the Old City of Marrakesh. The Moorish-inspired estate encompasses nearly 7.5 acres with approximately 27,000 square feet of living spaces across two luxurious dwellings designed by Moroccan architect Karim El Achak. Each residence is appointed with exquisite finishes, including tile floors and beamed ceilings, and is fully furnished with decor and objet d’art sourced from across the globe. The formal dining room features a bespoke chandelier and sliding glass doors that open to a terracotta dining pavilion overlooking the pool terrace. The creation of landscape architect Camélia Bouazzaoui, the gardens are an oasis of native desert flora, cactus and palm gardens, and an olive grove, with breathtaking vistas of Ourika valley and the Atlas Mountains.
Penthouse at Dam3 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
One of the most exclusive addresses in Amsterdam, the residences at Dam3 were designed by Dutch architect Cees Dam. The penthouse occupies the entire ninth floor of the building. Floor-to-ceiling windows capture views of Dam Square, the National Monument, and the Royal Palace. The 3,282-square-foot, three-bedroom, three bathroom residence is fully furnished throughout with brand-new bespoke pieces. The dining room has a suspended fireplace, custom-designed chandelier, and walls of windows to frame the views. It opens to a light-filled living room and an impressive chef’s kitchen with sleek, high-end appliances. A terrace with dining and sitting areas offers another awe-inspiring vista of the cityscape below. Adjacent is the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, which provides Dam3 residents with valet parking and five-star services.
Luxury Estate at The Woodlands, Texas
Situated on two private acres, this luxurious property overlooks the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at the Club at Carlton Woods and Bear Branch Reserve. Completely remodeled in 2013, the home offers 17,380 square feet of fully furnished and elegantly appointed living and entertaining space. The grandeur begins at the three-story entrance hall, adorned with an Egyptian crystal chandelier and 25-foot floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Farther along is a stylish dining room with a black and white marble floor and two walls of glass facing the landscaped grounds. The floor plan also includes a gym, media room, wet bar, elevator, seven bedrooms, ten full bathrooms, and three half bathrooms. The owner’s suite is a private retreat with a luxurious bathroom and a relaxing sitting area with views of the gardens. The home’s three-story “closet” is truly one of a kind and includes a floating staircase and designer handbag display area. An outdoor kitchen, covered veranda, and spectacular resort-worthy lap pool are further delights.
Mount Alverno in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland
One of the most magnificent, private properties on the Irish property market, this contemporary coastal retreat occupies a spectacular elevated site of nearly an acre with unobstructed, panoramic views of Dublin Bay, Howth, Dalkey Island, Killiney Bay, the Wicklow Mountains, and the Dublin skyline. Designed by renowned Irish architectural firm de Blacam and Meagher, the residence encompasses 7,050 square feet across two levels. The home’s structure and materials, its elegant reception areas, the five bedroom suites, sun terraces, and manicured gardens are designed to harmonize with the rocky topography of the Dublin coastline. Beyond the grand entrance doors is the reception hall. A custom-built Navona Travertine floating staircase leads up to the airy first floor reception areas. The centerpiece is the dining room, with an atrium ceiling and antique fireplace. Farther along is a drawing room and family room, offering direct access to the sun terrace with its dual-aspect view over the sea. Other highlights include a Poggenpohl Porsche kitchen, guest suite, and elevator.
Banyan Tree Residences in Bangkok, Thailand
This stunning three-bedroom freehold apartment of 2,669 square feet offers sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River from a high floor of the Banyan Tree Residences Riverside Bangkok. Featuring a large open-plan kitchen and living area with double-aspect floor-to-ceiling windows and nearly 10-foot-high ceilings, the entire apartment exudes a feeling of light and space. Situated on two acres of grounds, just 50 feet from the riverbank, the building’s developers and designers envisioned it as a “sanctuary for your soul.” The development is newly constructed and offers five-star hotel services from the Banyan Tree, including private chef catering, spa treatments, housekeeping, and a complimentary river boat service.
Fairview Estate in Easton, Maryland
Fairview Estate is among the great estates of Talbot County, Maryland. The magnificent 75-acre property lies at the end of a peninsula on the Miles River, a 12.9-mile-long tributary of Chesapeake Bay, on the storied Eastern Shore. Over the last 32 years, the current owners have carefully preserved, extended, and transformed Fairview into a grand and gracious estate. The Neoclassical main house was custom built in 1991 by ILEX builders. At the entrance, limestone stairs lead through a colonnade to a great hall with white marble floors and into a rotunda graced with two circular marble staircases. Beyond are the beautiful reception rooms, including a stately living room, wood-paneled library, and grandly scaled dining room, which can seat up to 28. Adjacent is a delightful breakfast room with mural, marble floor, and views of the river. The large gourmet kitchen has commercial-grade appliances and a butler’s pantry to serve gatherings great or small. The original Federal-style manor house was sensitively restored and modernized offering contemporary comforts and accommodations for guests or extended family. Adding to the allure of the estate are its numerous outbuildings, 19th-century formal gardens, and world-class amenities, including a nine-hole golf course, tennis court, pool, and 2,100 feet of shoreline with a private beach and a tidal pond with pier.