Although dining rooms might be reserved for special occasions like Christmas, the Sunday roast, or a one-off bit of wining and dining, they play a crucial role within the home. There's a little bit of magic in dining rooms that brings people together and creates an intimate atmosphere for your nearest and dearest to enjoy each other's company.
We've aimed to create stunning dining rooms which capture that essence of togetherness in all of our properties, with these five being prime examples of Berkeley Group homes with amazing dining areas which would make you want to host a gathering every other day.
Over in Hampshire, you can step into our take on idyllic countryside life set within Hartland Village - our luxury development near the town of Fleet where you'll find thoughtfully designed homes and carefully crafted apartments. This village is surrounded by natural woodland with gorgeous, landscaped greenery throughout the development, bringing nature right to your doorstep.
Hartland Village's main mission is to create a welcoming community and friendly atmosphere, an attitude which flows through the design principles of each property. This is best represented by the dining space seen within The Hawthorn - our 4 bedroom house specification set over 3 floors.
At the rear of the ground floor is where you'll find a spacious kitchen dining area that's tailormade for entertaining, with floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors leading out into the private garden space. The dining table in our show home has a six-place setting which is ample for bringing together friends and family, with the kitchen sitting adjacent so the designated chef can still take part in wider conversations. The warm wood tones and neutral colour palette of both the Chic and Timeless design variations available create an inviting environment that guests will take to immediately.
The sought-after locale of Tunbridge Wells is next on our list, as it's where you'll find our distinctive collection of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom family homes residing at the heart of the gorgeous green landscape in Kent. With the North Downs just a stone's throw away, the scenic views of the surroundings make Hollyfields a particularly enchanting place to live, with the exclusive commuter shuttle and nearby villages making life here even more appealing.
The Viola offers outstanding family life, with 5 bedrooms to accommodate larger families in addition to the spacious private garden and numerous different living spaces which each member of the family can retire to separately.
When it's time to bring everyone together, The Viola has two dining room areas to choose from - in our show home we have created a more informal kitchen dining area at the back on the property leading to the garden, and a separate formal dining room at the front of the property with some more ornate decoration. By having flexible dining options, you can decide whether you'd prefer to use the more spacious kitchen dining space for entertaining, or to make use of the formal dining room for a more intimate setting.
Located close to Chichester, the South Downs and south coast beaches, Bersted Park offers a little bit of everything to its residents - country life, seaside charm and all the amenities you need to enjoy a contemporary lifestyle. The development itself is shaped by the leafy trails, tranquil ponds and acres of parkland which provide a sense of calm for this inclusive community.
The properties here come in all shapes and sizes, with 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes which are ready to be moved into right away, each completed to a high specification while taking inspiration from traditional architectural themes to cultivate bright, airy interiors.
One of the three bedroom houses within our Crown Place section of Bersted Park is particularly eye-catching, offering a modern living dining room combination that'll suit fast paced family life just as well as it appeals to those looking find somewhere more relaxed and rural. The Walderton makes an effective use of the large, open-plan space, creating a plush lounge area that feels distinct from the intimate dining space. While the two feel completely separate in purpose, they can come together to form one large entertaining area if you have guests over at a moment's notice.
The sophisticated Highwood Village has been designed with the discerning homebuyer in mind, providing a balance of location, quality and sustainability all brought together within the gorgeous area of Horsham. You'll find this right on the western most edge of High Weald Area of Natural Beauty (AONB), just south of the Surrey Hills with both Guildford and Crawley less than an hour away.
The latest phase of Highwood Village to be completed is Bridgewater, containing a number of charming 4 bedroom townhouses which stunning dining rooms which are more than just spaces to eat. While the dedicated living room is located on the first floor, the ground floor plays host to a multi-purpose open plan space which brings together the cooking and socialising process. The dining table is given pride of place with the lion's share of space, flanked by a breakfast bar for more informal dining and a lounge space for after dinner drinks and entertaining.
Finally, we move out from the various countryside locations and into north London for a look at Trent Park - our development in Enfield giving residents the opportunity to find a home that blends the best of country life with the quintessential London lifestyle.
This is a luxurious collection of 1 to 3 bedroom apartments and 3 to 5 bedroom homes nestled between Hadley Wood, Oakwood and Cockfosters, putting some fantastic locales and amenities within striking distance. King's Cross is also less than half an hour away from Oakwood station, meaning the excitement of central London is never too far away.
The Jebb and The Cooper are our premier family homes - 5 bedroom detached properties set over three stories which comfortably reside within the historic natural landscape of Trent Park. The dining spaces here are bright and clean cut, occupying a prime position to the rear of the property overlooking the private garden, with convenient access to the kitchen for serving up. If you've got guests over, you can also open up the space using the French doors through to the living room to create a single, cohesive dining and entertaining area. Both The Jebb and The Cooper have a selection of design themes to choose from, so you can tailor the space to our own personal tastes as well.
Having a dining space that fits your lifestyle is incredibly important, as it enables you to engage in the activities and gatherings that you enjoy. These developments show some of the options available, but Berkeley Group have many apartments and houses with other fantastic dining space. Whatever you're looking for, you'll find something that'll match your plans within our available properties so you can start planning some get togethers or having more classic family dinners next year.