Fall is the season when we start thinking about hosting gatherings. Holidays with the family. Parties with our closest pals. Or perhaps simply a nightcap for two.

No matter the occasion, this romantic foyer we came across in a stunning Carmel Highlands estate will be the place you—and your guests—want to be.

More than just a place to greet visitors, this foyer is a grand room of its own. It’s a place to sit and chat with guests over a cup of tea or a glass of wine while sharing stories of your latest exotic travel. A place to linger among loved ones—not to mention antique décor and unique detailing.

With soaring ceilings and wraparound wooden balconies, this elegantly dressed foyer exudes a slight interior courtyard feel—all the better to bridge inside and out. And all the better to park yourself in one of the plush toile armchairs in front of the ornately designed fireplace and just…stay awhile.

At least, that’s what we’d do.