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These six dining areas must be among the most stunning in Gloucestershire

Investment in kitchens has surged in recent years as if in reaction to fears of fast-paced modern lives not leaving time for the ‘proper sit down meal.’ Celebrity chefs have made a killing from the cookbook craze.

After perfecting your kitchen, the logical next step is to look at your dining areas. These can be much more diverse than was once the case. Open plan kitchen-diners have become the renovation norm – but increasingly homeowners are taking back the formal dining room.

Those with the luxury of extra reception rooms can have several spaces; recognising that different types of dining call for varied settings. Whether that be intimate romantic meals, relaxed breakfasts or grand dinner parties.

Here are six of the most beautiful dining spaces in Gloucestershire to inspire you.

Minimalist style

The kitchen/diner in a 7 bed detached house in Westonbirt on the market for £3,250,000

The kitchen/diner in a 7 bed detached house in Westonbirt on the market for £3,250,000

This minimalist kitchen/diner is beautiful in its simplicity. While there is also a separate formal dining room, this effortlessly stylish space is a breath of fresh air.

The contemporary residence sits within a lovely listed Victorian walled garden which was originally part of the Westonbirt Estate. The reception areas make the most of this with three-metre high ceilings and a full-height glass sliding wall.

All this glass makes for a wonderfully airy dining experience

All this glass makes for a wonderfully airy dining experience

Barn character

You can’t match the character of this 15 century Tithe Barn in Lower Dowdeswell.

With a lattice of ceiling beams, vast amounts of exposed stonework and an old cider press, the room may even have been too busy if it wasn’t for the huge amount of space beneath its vaulted roof.

Drawing and dining room of a 5 bed barn conversion listed for £1,696,000 in Lower Dowdeswell

Drawing and dining room of a 5 bed barn conversion listed for £1,696,000 in Lower Dowdeswell

It benefits from a series of French doors and windows taking advantage of the spectacular vista, while adding to the light and spacious feel.

The expansive space also includes a lounging area perfect for entertaining on a large scale. You’re bound to experience the kind of opulence you’d expect only in the days of medieval lords and ladies.

Dinner with a view

Stunning views from a 4 bed detached house in Painswick, on the market for a guide price of £850,000

Stunning views from a 4 bed detached house in Painswick, on the market for a guide price of £850,000

Sitting on the edge of Painswick, this imposing family home enjoys panoramic far-reaching views. While the formal dining room has a pleasant outlook, it can’t compare to the uninterrupted views from the terrace.

A terrace that deserves the best

A terrace that deserves the best

While this modest table implies use of the terrace for outdoor dining – when the sun eventually shines with warmth and the evenings lengthen – it will deserve much more.

The privacy, pleasant gardens and especially the views simply demand the most beautiful of outdoor furniture for atmospheric entertaining. It would be a crime not to slowly dine al fresco until the stars come out.

The ‘proper’ dining hall

The dining room of a 7 bed equestrian facility with a guide price of £3,500,000 in the parish of Saintbury

The dining room of a 7 bed equestrian facility with a guide price of £3,500,000 in the parish of Saintbury

This ‘proper’ dining hall in a 17 Century farmhouse is the dream of those who love a formal dinner party. A heavy door and grand block stone arch leads into the exposed brick chamber complete with ambient lighting.

You might need to hire a caterer though – this room sets high expectations. If it’s not the right tone, the room is just one of six reception spaces to choose from.

Seamless transition

The garden room of a 6 bed detached house in Charlton Kings for £1,995,000

The garden room of a 6 bed detached house in Charlton Kings for £1,995,000

Charlton Court is a beautifully designed brand new home which has been built to the most discerning standards of luxury. It has an enclosed space designated as the dining room, but it’s hard to imagine anyone using anything other than the large garden room.

Folding glass doors fully open onto a patio creating a vast and seamless indoor/outdoor space. The private terraced garden holds loads of potential to create beautiful fragrant surrounds. And when the chill sets in you can be shielded from the elements in a moment without compromising on the setting.

Among the fairies

A special garden setting for a 5 bed terraced home priced at £1,250,000 in Chipping Campden

A special garden setting for a 5 bed terraced home priced at £1,250,000 in Chipping Campden

This terraced home is full of Cotswold charm and nowhere more so then in its rather magical gardens. The outdoor space has been beautifully landscaped to provide two terraced areas with well stocked flower borders, ornamental trees and a vegetable area.

The two sunny patio areas are surrounded my colourful flowers and climbing vines. You could just about imagine you are having afternoon tea with the fairies or brunch with the elves.

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