Cosy snug; I like the wood burning stove inside the oversized fireplace, because a stove is easier to use and more practical and useful, but a hearth and mantel are more decorative...this has both. (Fire safety improved, too.)
WINTER PROJECT: lovely pitcher display idea for huge family room vaulted wall above kitchen. Note to self: start collecting ALL large pitchers from thirft stores. Paint monotone with a single ASCP color (English Yellow, Emperor's Silk or Barcelona). Use the old barn wood to make uber long shelves.