The aptly named Lakeview Manor is situated in the densely forested foothills in Falkreath hold, overlooking Lake Ilinalta to the north. Hunters often travel along the road next to the lake. The site is located in between Falkreath and Riverwood. To the north, the ancient ruin of Bleak Falls Barrow can be seen, and just south of it sits Pinewatch.
A few feet north of the site is the Conjurer's Altar where a hostile mage can often be found performing dark rituals.
There are two Corundum Ore Veins, one is located South-southwest of the log pile on the hill, it is on the west side of big rock cropping (behind pinetree) and another is located on the easternmost of two islands in Lake Ilinalta that are visible from the Conjurer's Altar to the north of the manor. There is also a clay deposit next to the Corundum Ore Vein on the island in Lake Ilinalta.
There are two Silver Ore Veins, west of the Manor. Go west of the log pile on the hill past the wolf den and then they are west of that on top of a rock outcropping.
The land to construct Lakeview Manor on can only be purchased after completing certain quests for the Jarl of Falkreath. The Jarl can either be Siddgeir or Dengeir of Stuhn, depending on the progress of the Civil War questline.
Typically, one of two letters will be delivered:
If the Dragonborn is a Thane of Falkreath, the Letter from the Steward of Falkreath will be delivered. This letter mentions that land is available to purchase and to come speak to the steward.
If the Dragonborn is not a Thane of Falkreath, the Letter from the Jarl of Falkreath will be delivered. This letter outlines that the position of Thane is available and with it comes the perks of buying a choice parcel of land in Falkreath hold.
Bandits may attack the house, killing the animals and kidnapping the spouse, a ransom of 5,000 septims needs to be paid or the Dragonborn can go and kill the bandits at a radiant location and rescue them. The bandits that attack the house can sometimes be carrying gold or precious gems.
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Childrens' beds may be owned even though there are no children, preventing adoption. Waiting or sleeping does not fix this nor does reloading any save point after the beds are installed.
When the Dragonborn is instructed to buy lumber, their quest marker may point them to Half-Moon Mill to buy it from Hern. However, if Hern is dead due to the Dark Brotherhood quest, "Contract: Kill Hern", lumber cannot be bought from him. Therefore, lumber will have to be bought from his wife, Hert, or from any other mill.
360 PS3 It is possible that there will be no text option to buy this plot of land, even if everything has seemingly been done correctly.
If Siddgeir's Housecarl, Helvard, is dead before purchasing the house, this action will "cancel" out the chance to buy the deed from him or Nenya, even if the Dragonborn is Thane.
PC This can be worked around by using the console and type "player.setrelationshiprank 19823 4", "player.setrelationship 19822 2" and "resurrect 2" on Helvard.
360 After being told to speak to the Jarl, the quest arrow may not go away. This is not changed by uninstalling/reinstalling Skyrim to console, or selecting a different quest (as the quest telling the Dragonborn to speak with the Jarl will be gone). Instead, both quest markers will remain.
A spouse may exhibit a strange walk animation, walking very slowly in place while the legs move restlessly.
Children may say, "I like it here, the tree in the park is so beautiful."
The steward may disappear from the house.
Randomly, the option to improve the homestead (add a cow, a bard, etc.) will disappear from the steward's available options.
There is a hawk flying above the homestead. If it is brought down, a copy of the hawk will fall down and its body can be looted, but the hawk itself will continue flying around. The hawk cannot be brought down even with direct hits, but a fallen copy will spawn each time. The arrows will remain impaled in the hawk in the air.
There may be grass sticking out of the floor. (Usually in side additions.)
When a spouse is asked to move to Lakeview Manor, they may not show up.
At the beginning of the building process, the foundation won't appear where it should be, and neither will anything else that follows after it. Instead, only the poles with rope that shape the house will be seen.
Building Lakeview Manor may not change the count of homes owned.
360 PC When entering the external cell containing Lakeview Manor or the inside of the building itself, the game may crash, no fix is known. (For inside the building it may be a conflict with a character and house furnishings. Waiting until some of the characters are working outside the house should allow entry without crashing. Leaving followers outside may also help.)
360 PC Fast traveling directly to Lakeview Manor may cause the game to freeze on the loading screen. This can be avoided by fast traveling to nearby Pinewatch and walking the short distance to the house, but once encountered it will persist indefinitely, rendering fast travel to the location impossible.
360 PC After speaking with the carriage driver and climbing in the back, the carriage doesn't go anywhere.
In the storage room addition, the door in the back of the house sometimes won't allow entry into the house. However, when inside, the same door will allow exiting to the outside.
Mannequins may "sink" into the stands they are on, and will have no armor equipped.
A dead dragon may spawn in front of the house, complete with loot, but the Dragonborn may or may not obtain a dragon soul from it.
360 On extremely rare occasions, a Stormcloak Courier will spawn inside the house. Cause unknown.
360 There is a bug that causes the game to freeze each time a character walks in the entryway door between the main hall. No fix is known for this issue, however removing work benches may help.
PC Certain chests may suddenly become empty, meaning that any items stored inside are lost.
PS3 The Dragonborn may be told they can purchase land before they become Thane, but they must still complete all quests required to become Thane before the option to purchase land appears.
The quarried stone may not be able to be mined.
360 A pair of antlers installed in the kitchen may later fall off the wall and be found on the floor. Interacting with them other than physically bumping them around isn't possible.
360 Enchanted armor may lose its enchantments when activating mannequins.
360 Dragon Priest Masks may disappear from a mannequin (proven with Ahzidals Mask).
360 Building the animal pen and building the house after the pen may cause the pen to "stick" through the house from outside.
PC 360 PS3 Armor may respawn on mannequins.
360 If the house 'resets' after an absence from it then shield and weapon plaques may no longer allow swapping out the weapon/shield that was placed upon it. Removing currently placed shields or left/right weapons may show that the option to add a weapon is no longer present. Exiting and reentering the house fixes this.