When we visited the home of my step-son in Ireland, they had an old, well-built home that had a keeping room.
This was a fascinating house, but did not have a big open area like many of the newer homes have. There were many smaller rooms scattered throughout the house.
There was a separate room for entertaining that had a fireplace in it. There was also a nice sized keeping room right off the kitchen. After our meal, we went in that room to relax with dessert.
I think this room was probably the most ‘lived-in’ room in the whole house. It was close to the food, but was an area where you could relax and read a book or play a game.
The decor in the dining room was very formal and elegant. The keeping room furniture was much more casual and comfortable.