You’re Invited: 5 Homes Made for Entertaining

    There’s no place like home for the holidays or, indeed, any time of the year. In this Luxury Defined collection, we present five elegant homes designed for entertaining in style. Whether they are to be the setting for a chic cocktail party or a lively family gathering, these ultra-luxurious properties have all the bells and whistles a host could envision, not just for the festive season, but all year ‘round. Just make sure the guests know when the party’s over, or they may never want to leave!

    Higashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

    teriors at the Four Seasons Hotel Residences Kyoto
    The interiors at the Four Seasons Hotel Residences Kyoto incorporate traditional Japanese elements such as shoji panels, polished wood, Kyoto-style fusuma screens, and urushi lacquerware, alongside modern amenities. Photograph: Japan Capital Realty, Inc.
    The property was designed to maximize kutsurogi—the Japanese word for relaxation—and to draw in views of the majestic Shakusuien pond garden and the Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

    The only luxury hotel residences in the heart of this historic city, the Four Seasons Hotel Residences Kyoto is perfectly located for taking in the nearby temples and shrines. But it’s the five-star amenities that elevate entertaining here to an art form. Residents and their guests can enjoy Michelin-starred dining at Sushi Wakon, witness a private tea ceremony alongside the 800-year-old water garden, watch a Geisha performance, and even participate in exclusive experiences, from Zen meditation to ceramics.

    Les Issambres, France

    This glamorous French Riviera villa sits above the charming coastal village of Les Issambres, between Cannes and Saint-Tropez.
    Residents can dance the night away in their own private nightclub with disco lights and a cocktail bar.

    This glamorous French Riviera villa overlooks the Mediterranean Sea from its magnificent hilltop setting above the charming coastal village of Les Issambres, between Cannes and Saint-Tropez. The luxurious living spaces, which extend to 8,500 square feet with an additional 5,300 square feet of terraces, are an entertainer’s dream. The lower level houses a spectacular private ’70s-inspired nightclub, complete with a stage, cocktail bar, lounge, and dance floor with glitterball and disco lights. The main living area is anchored by a two-story great room leading out to a terrace with an infinity pool, spa, and pergola. A staircase leads down to lovely lawned gardens with panoramic views of the village and the sea.

    New York, New York

    A fashionable retreat on New York City’s Upper West Side, this restored seven-story townhouse perfectly melds magnificent Beaux Arts architecture with contemporary interior design. The dining room with seating for 10, butler’s pantry, and large eat-in chef’s kitchen, featuring Italian marble finishes and 9.5-foot ceilings, are perfect for the entertainer or a family celebration.
    The chef’s kitchen leads out to the south-facing garden, an outdoor oasis with natural bluestone pavers and Honduran wood fencing, ideal for alfresco dining or morning coffee.

    The Upper West Side’s 88th Street is a bucolic and tree-lined oasis close to Manhattan’s globally renowned shopping, culture, and fine dining. For more than a century, the street’s architecturally significant row of townhouses has infused the neighborhood with enduring grandeur and elegance, earning it a New York City Landmarks Historic District designation. This Beaux Arts townhouse at 310 West 88th Street is an opportunity to own a piece of New York history. The seven-story 8,850-square-foot residence, originally built in 1889, blends magnificent 19th-century details with contemporary interior design. The lavish living and entertaining areas include a great room with Juliet balcony, a top-floor penthouse with integrated outdoor decks and wet bar, and a finished private sundeck with views of the city skyline and the Hudson River.


    Leisure is the name of the game at this stately manor house in McLean, Virginia. The amenities include a card room with fireplace, a billiards room and lounge, a 10-seat home theater, saloon-style bar, wine cellar, and an outdoor pool and hot tub.
    The 16,000-square-foot manor house was constructed with precision craftsmanship and extraordinary attention to detail.

    This private estate in the leafy Washington, DC, suburb of McLean, Virginia, comprises a stately 16,000-square-foot manor and five acres of secluded, gated grounds. The custom-built main house was constructed with precision craftsmanship and extraordinary attention to detail. A grand two-story entrance hall with curved staircase creates a dramatic first impression. Beyond are the reception areas, which include a formal dining room, wood-panelled library, and a magnificent double-height great room, illuminated by monumental arched windows and French doors opening to the gardens. The outstanding leisure facilities include a card room with fireplace, a billiards room, theater with seating for 10, and an outdoor pool and hot tub.

    Dublin, Ireland

    Emsworth is a magnificent Georgian manor in Malahide, County Dublin. Set over 17 acres, the estate is perfectly suited for entertaining, especially outdoors.
    Residents can play pool, tennis, rugby, or Gaelic football, or enjoy a trip down the zip line on the property.

    Emsworth is a magnificent, fully restored Georgian manor on approximately 17 acres in Malahide, County Dublin. With the perfect symmetry of its three-tiered reflecting pools, it is an elegant, stately home with a contemporary finish. With its glorious gardens, great lawns, and private woodland trails, it can be a serene retreat. Yet it’s also a house that knows how to entertain: Two swimming pools, a barbecue area and a zip line, make it perfect for a sporting set garden party. An integrated Bang & Olufsen sound system pipes any party’s playlist throughout the elegant main house, guest house, and to the pool deck and gardens. The athletes will enjoy the zip line and tennis court, the soccer, rugby, and Gaelic football fields. And then it’s time to gather around the pizza oven or the barbecue pit for the post-game banquet.


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