During most of the year, the formal dining room can serve as a workstation, homework center, or paraphernalia depot. Or he may just sit picking up dust, in an area of the house that is most frequented by the cat.
Some formal dining rooms have even ceased to exist and have given way to “dining rooms,” which are part of a much larger open space known as the ever popular Great Room.
But during the holidays, at least for a meal or two, the dining room has its moment in the spotlight.
With so much effort into dining together and partying this time of year, we’ve decided to show you five fabulous dining rooms worthy of a royal feast. Some will make your mouth water. Others will make your eyes pop. All will intrigue, in one way or another.
Enjoy your lunch!
Price: $ 23,995,000
Dinner and drink wine: Think how much time you would save going to the wine cellar when you have a whole wall of wine just a few feet away. Plus, no need to yell at the other end of the table, you can of them dining tables in this huge space. (We’ve already figured out where the children’s table will go.)
When the weather is nice, there is also a fabulous covered outdoor dining area that can easily accommodate a dozen diners in this chic and modern home. Ah, make decisions.
These uniquely designed dining rooms can be found in the Palisades Riviera “Flight House”, so named for its butterfly-shaped roof. The 8,008-square-foot mansion has three relatively paltry bedrooms and 3.5 baths, which means most of the rooms are huge.
Price: $ 850,000
Mid-Century Meal Time: Not all formal dining rooms have to be like this, well, formal. Take a look at this awesome space in the mid-century mecca of Palm Springs. Think about Instagram opportunities!
Built in 1963, this three bedroom condo has been updated with modern features. The owner, who is an interior designer, has also refreshed and upgraded the style with vibrant ’60s details.
We also love the brightly colored courtyard and the mountain view visible through all those windows and sliders.
Price: $ 5,900,000
Feast your eyes: Some formal dining rooms completely embody the term “formal”. And we’ll be honest: Your impression of this dining room will depend on what you think of gold chandeliers, lots of scrollwork, mixed patterns, and bold color combinations. This maximalist space is intended for the most refined formal dining.
Truly royal meals can be prepared by a French chef on the La Cornue double cooker at this 9,657 square foot mansion. It was built in 2002 to resemble a French country house and is full of hand-painted murals and images of lilies on the ceilings and walls.
The four-bedroom mansion sits on nearly 50 acres of countryside marked by rolling lawns, green pastures and verdant forests. A slate roof, turrets, and copper detailing on the exterior, along with antique stone floors, European antiques, and custom tiles complete this chic chateau.
Price: $ 39,950,000
Elegant meals: It’s hard to believe this sophisticated dining room is part of a sprawling 22,470 square foot ranch in the Old West.
Beyond sleek, modern decor, luxury amenities at this six-bedroom home include a home theater, wine lounge, game room, gym, and indoor basketball court. There’s even a pizza oven in the huge kitchen, for when you’re fed up with turkey.
Named Aquarius for the constellation, this 23.5-acre estate in Big Sky Country features a 3-acre pond with a sandy beach, waterfalls, and a dock, as well as frontage on Bozeman and Limestone creeks.
And while there is plenty of room for them in this huge house, your horse stable can eat and sleep in the barn or just graze in the green pastures.
Price: $ 5,000,000
Palatial mouth: We don’t know if we want to eat in this dining room or go rollerblading there. The cavernous space can accommodate an army of servants to serve a truly fancy dinner.
A stately blend of castle and cathedral, this eight-bedroom palace offers full-scale features throughout. They include eight stylish fireplaces, a lavish home theater, an elegant wine room, and a master suite with a two-story closet.
In addition, as in any real castle, there are rooms and secret passages. You can invite the whole kingdom here for the holidays and manage to avoid most of them. Let’s drink to that!