Heart of the Home
Everybody gathers in the kitchen, the home’s beating heart. Kitchens are where the parties start, where culinary creativity flows, and where delicious connections happen. Inspiring on their own terms before you ever even pick up a spoon, these designer kitchens are truly next level, each one so sleek, inviting and bright, you’ll definitely plan to eat in!
CASA VIOLETA, GRANADA, NICARAGUA
Designed by New York restaurateurs, this kitchen space reveals cool sophistication and gourmet expertise. It offers all the bells and whistles needed to create fine dining or casual noshes, and it has even caught the attention of Architectural Digest.
CASA DOS BREJOS, COMPORTA, PORTUGAL
Fully equipped for entertaining a crowd, this kitchen is artfully unobstructed by countertop clutter. But the real showpiece is overhead—a reflective tiled ceiling angled like a huge vent-a-hood over a contrasting central island.
THE RANGE, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA
Three-hundred-year-old rooftop tiles from Croatia line the floor of this open-to-the-elements ranch-style kitchen in the wilds of Byron Bay. Ideally suited to the home’s rustic, Spanish styling, this room is all about casual cookery and creating connection.
KINGSBRIDGE HOUSE, DEVON, ENGLAND
Within the walls of a once ruined 100-year-old brewery, this kitchen now occupies the center of a renovated townhome. It's this home’s heart, expressly created for lively, kid-friendly meals and buzzing family suppers.
Pull up a stool and create generous platters of antipasto to share inside this kitchen’s inspiring walls. A dozen diners can gather around the smooth marble island, and this gallery-like cook space is a true culinary studio where art and gastronomical magic are made.
TENUTA DELL'ALTO, PUGLIA, ITALY
Freshly pressed estate olive oil, wines from the cellar, and the bounty of the villa’s rambling gardens all find their place inside this noble kitchen, where cooking is elevated to fine art. Contemporary upgrades keep the home’s rich gastronomical traditions alive.
Once abandoned, these updated historic kitchens at the heart of a traditional village are graceful and simple, with new appliances and pretty table service, ideal places for transforming local, fresh market finds and artisan grocers’ goods into delicious meals.
LA TORRE BIANCA, PUGLIA, ITALY
Casual poolside dining comes together easily inside this compact, family-friendly kitchen. The simple set up encourages no-fuss food prep at its finest—more artful assembly than elaborate cooking, perfect for vacation nibbling.
Browse more inspiring kitchens in our curated collection of vacation home rentals and small hotels here.