The kitchen is famously the heart of the home, but open plan spaces that blend a cooking space with a dining or living area are becoming increasingly popular.  

Perfect for relaxing, large family rooms can be as informal or impressive as you choose, but open plan living generally offers a brighter, lighter space great for entertaining and bringing people together.  

Here, we’ve chosen five of our favourite homes for sale with great open plan spaces, from a barn conversion with a 30ft family room and stunning vaulted ceiling to a stylish open plan sitting room with a balcony looking out over Southampton water. 


Greenwood Lane, Durley £1,000,000 

Tucked away in the heart of Durley, this four-bedroom home has a spacious family room on the first floor. With a vaulted ceiling, wood flooring, and inglenook fireplace with an inset wood burner, this room opens onto a balcony with beautiful, far-reaching views over the gardens and neighbouring golf course.  

Sedgemead, Netley Abbey £925,000 

This stunning family home has great views and is just a short stroll away from the Royal Victoria Country Park. The house comes with an annexe ideal for extended family, elderly parents or an additional rental income. The first-floor open plan sitting room is a real feature, with oak flooring and attractive exposed brickwork. This beautiful 24ft room has a modern Morso wood burning stove, and double doors which open out on to a 16ft balcony with views towards Southampton water. 


Allington Lane, Fair Oak £825,000 

This beautifully presented barn conversion in a quiet country lane has a 30ft open plan sitting/dining/family room with a stunning vaulted ceiling. This wonderful entertaining space has exposed beams and oak flooring throughout, a wood burning stove, and floor to ceiling windows. 

Park Lane, Droxford £625,000 

Tucked away in the heart of Droxford, this lovely, detached family home has a spacious, light and airy 19ft sitting room with a feature fireplace and wood burner and doors leading through to the impressive 27ft kitchen/dining room. This beautifully light space has windows on two sides and patio doors leading out to the garden.  

Midanbury Lane, Bitterne Park, £550,000 

Here, you’ll find a grand entrance hall with a vaulted beamed ceiling, and a wonderful open plan kitchen living area with an open fire. Add in a stunning decked area outside complete with sunken hot tub, and this is the perfect home for entertaining.