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Form Follows Food: 7 Homes with Luxury Kitchens

The kitchen is the centerpiece in this Thanksgiving-inspired collection of homes

Thanksgiving, home, and hearth: Is there a better place for the quintessential American holiday? And, of course, the kitchen. That’s where the Thanksgiving feast truly begins—and ends. The kitchen is the hearth and heart of the holiday and, indeed, of the home. Every Thanksgiving cook has a vision of the ideal kitchen, but the hallmark of the dream kitchen is the harmonious balance of form and function. Herewith, Luxury Defined presents a holiday cornucopia of kitchens. Each has its own array of professional-grade appliances, smart technology, ambient lighting, elegant finishes, comfortable furnishings, and ample, practical storage spaces. Let the feast begin!

Wild Turkey Farm in Wilsonville, Oregon

Wild Turkey Farm has everything a professional equestrian owner, breeder or trainer could ask, plus a little extra for good measure. The main house is notable for its refined livability, with a modern open-plan kitchen, recessed lighting, cherry woodwork and an island and alcove for informal family dining.

This 215-acre estate on Oregon’s Willamette River was curated over 10 years by Barbara Ellison, breeder and trainer of world-class Warmblood horses, in the heart of Oregon wine country. The property includes both an outdoor and indoor arena, with viewing areas; five barns house 97 large stalls with private runs. There are also 33 pastures, veterinary rooms, offices, and staff accommodations. The distinctive, two-story owner’s residence has a rustic yet refined style, with 9,855 square feet of living space. The modern open-plan kitchen includes an island and alcove for informal family dining. The great room is noted for its vaulted ceilings and double-height windows, and colossal stone fireplace. Glass doors open to a landscaped terrace; this flows to a formal dining area. Private spaces include a den, library, upstairs media room, and four guest suites. A private, gated entrance opens to the estate’s south side featuring shedded pastures, the retirement barn, pump house, and manager’s home. A wooded path winds down the hillside to a perfect picnic spot at the top of the gangway that leads to a floating dock. The dock features a boat slip, mooring ties, and a patio.

Kilmurry House in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

Once home to acclaimed Irish painter Mildred Anne Butler, Kilmurry House was expertly refurbished for the 21st century while retaining the integrity of the original Georgian design. The heart of the house is the vast chef's kitchen, which flows into a den and out to a courtyard. The courtyard cottage and the gate lodge each have their own fully equipped kitchen.

Kilmurry House is one of the finest country manors in Ireland. The Georgian house, executed in timeless Palladian style, was the birthplace and lifelong home of Irish watercolorist Mildred Anne Butler and inspired many of her finest en plein air paintings. The great house itself, set within a private demesne in excess of 90 acres in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, dates from 1690 and remained in the Butler family until 1981. The current owners extended the home to 17,861 square feet with eleven bedrooms and eight bathrooms while retaining the order and symmetry of the original Georgian design. The heart of the house is the vast chef’s kitchen, which flows into a den and out to a courtyard. The orangery (once Butler’s studio) is another favorite place of the owners, restored to its original 18th-century dimensions. A grand ballroom, grandly proportioned reception rooms, a games room, and indoor pool are further highlights. The courtyard cottage and original two-bedroom gate lodge could serve as guest or staff quarters. Kilmurry’s grounds are a nature lover’s sanctuary offering ultimate peace and privacy in an idyllic rural setting. Beyond the resplendent two-acre walled garden is a serene lake surrounded by mature woodlands—a habitat for red squirrels, hares, hedgehogs, foxes, pheasants, otters, and a pair of nesting eagles. Other delights are the children’s adventure trail and zip line through the woods. The remaining acreage is composed of paddocks and wooded pastures for horses and livestock. The estate is within a 20-minute drive of Kilkenny City and 1.5 hours from Dublin.

Château de la Roche in Alpine, New Jersey

This palatial manor house in Alpine, New Jersey, blends the architecture of a French château with the amenities of a contemporary home. The home’s professional-grade kitchen is elegantly appointed with a tumbled-stone floor, stone-colored cabinetry, granite countertops, and a breakfast bar with high-top powder-pink seating. There is also a breakfast nook with a dining table leading to a family room with a fireplace.

Château de la Roche is enveloped by woodland atop a hill in an exclusive enclave of Alpine, New Jersey, just eight miles from New York City. Completed in 2017, the 25,700-square-foot French-inspired manor was constructed over four years in a collaboration of artisans led by architect Robert Zampolin, builder Ron Badalamenti, interior design by Interiors by Denise. Interior highlights include the foyer, with its groined vaulted ceiling, crystal chandelier, and grand double staircase with a wrought-iron and gold balustrade. The dramatic great room, with its 37-foot, arched cathedral ceiling, has a three-level bay of Palladian windows, a club-style bar, and French doors opening to the rear gardens. Adjacent is a professional-grade kitchen with custom-built cabinetry and a tumbled-stone floor, granite countertops, and a breakfast bar with high-top, powder-pink seating. There is also a breakfast nook with a dining table leading to a family room with a fireplace. The mahogany-panelled library has a separate study tucked behind stone columns and pillars. The upstairs quarters are accessed by main and secondary staircases as well as an elevator. The owners’ suite features a muraled ceiling, mosaic spa-like bathroom, and doors through to an elegant sitting room. The ground level houses a leisure and entertainment complex with fitness center, private spa, theater, pub, and 2,000-bottle wine cellar. Two acres of resplendent grounds include a luxurious gunite pool with spa and fountains, and a cabana with a bar, covered outdoor kitchen, and gazebo, vegetable and herb gardens.

This luxurious 11-acre estate on the island of Jersey is well suited to grand-scale entertaining. The designer kitchen is a dream for chefs and entertainers alike with its twin islands, separate pantry, and top-of-the-line appliances. Bi-fold doors open to the orangery and a view of the pool terrace.

This expansive property in St Peter, Jersey, was built in 2011 and finished to an exacting standard. The double-height entrance hall leads to the main living and dining area and opens to the terrace and pool. Seven reception rooms, a cinema room, and ballroom make this property perfect for entertaining. The family kitchen has twin islands, a separate pantry, and bi-fold doors opening to an orangery and a view of the outdoor pool. The private quarters include an owner’s suite, three en suite bedrooms, and a fifth bedroom/living space with three adjoining rooms and a kitchenette. The second floor offers an additional 7,000 square feet of accommodation space ready for the new owner to put their mark on. In addition to the main house there is a four-bedroom cottage. Furthering the allure are 11 acres of private grounds composed of gardens, patio areas, a heated pool, lawns, and agricultural land.

Landmark Park Slope Townhouse in Brooklyn, New York

This AIA-Award winning home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, was thoughtfully designed throughout. The centerpiece of the parlor floor is a gourmet kitchen with Sub-Zero and Miele appliances, and a stunning Calacatta marble waterfall island.

This historic four-bedroom, four-bathroom townhouse is an architectural showpiece in Brooklyn’s coveted Park Slope neighborhood. Architectural firm Grade New York redesigned the circa-1907 residence, integrating grand architecture and sleek interior design, and won an award from the American Institute of Architects. Chefs and entertainers will appreciate the home’s expansive parlor floor. The centerpiece is the light-filled kitchen with Sub-Zero and Miele appliances, and a stunning Calacatta marble waterfall island. A spacious dining area leads to the garden–perfect for entertaining beneath the Japanese maples. A dramatic floating staircase ascends to the media room, equipped with double pocket doors and blackout curtains. The primary bedroom has a sumptuous bathroom and a floor-to-ceiling wall of closets, while two bedroom suites on the third floor also offer ample closet space. With its private entrance and bathroom, the lower floor has a generous layout that can serve as a guest suite, office, or playroom. Completing the residence is a walkout rooftop deck with views of downtown Manhattan. Prospect Park is just steps away.

Neoclassical-Style Townhouse in Charleston, South Carolina

The layout of this 19th-century Charleston townhouse invites elegant entertaining. The living room has ample seating areas for conversation or a game of bridge. The grand dining room opens to a beautifully updated chef's kitchen with French doors onto a terrace.

This genteel Charleston townhouse has a prominent location at the corner of East Bay Street and Vanderhorst Wharf backing onto the leafy lawns of Hazel Parker Playground. Built in 1800 in the Neoclassical style, the four-story home abounds with fine period details, including decorative brickwork, marble detailing, moldings, custom built-ins, hardwood floors, and high ceilings. The layout invites festive entertaining. The living room has elegant seating areas for conversation or a game of bridge. The grand dining room opens to a beautifully updated chef’s kitchen with French doors onto a terrace. Just beyond the home’s landscape garden is a spacious two-car garage and two separate masonry storage buildings. The upstairs bedrooms include a primary suite with seating area, gas fireplace, and a walk-in closet. A hallway leads to the “river room,” with a wet bar, ice machine, and floor-to ceiling-windows with views of the Cooper River. The third floor houses two generous en suite guest rooms and a laundry room. The top floor could serve as a study, gym, game room, or an additional bedroom with a closet and bathroom.

Blue Mountain Oyster Homestead in Morganton, Georgia

Blue Mountain Oyster Homestead, is postmodernism at its most playful. A contemporary mountain retreat on 27 private acres in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest, it offers ultimate privacy and long-range views of the Smoky Mountains. The lodge-style main house has six bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and an expansive open-concept living area. The deluxe chef’s kitchen has a nano window wall, outdoor dinette, Jenn-air appliances, and quartzite countertops. It opens to a terrace with an outdoor kitchen and infinity pool with a front-row view of the mountains. There’s also an office, gym, smart home integration, and radiant floor heat throughout. The self-contained guest house is a luxurious private retreat for guests, with an en suite bedroom, full kitchen, and living room. A three-bay garage with workshop and dog wash and three additional homesites complete this one-of-a-kind offering.