When walking towards the Blue Palace, there is a fire in a brazier on the left just before the Bards College. Proudspire Manor is the door before the brazier. It can also be accessed by going up the steps before that doorway; Vittoria Vici's house is the door to the left, while Proudspire Manor is the door on the right. The exterior of the manor has a fair amount of flowers that respawn in a few game weeks if picked.
Proudspire Manor is by far the most expensive home for sale. While it has both an alchemy table and an enchanting table, it offers fewer storage options than Hjerim. The lighting is better than Hjerim's, the children's roomHF, is by far the most luxurious, and it doesn't come at the cost of losing another room as is the case with most other purchasable homes. Solitude itself offers excellent amenities, however, including the widest selection of shopkeepers in the game, but it lacks a smelter for those with a focus in Smithing. Proudspire Manor is also the location of one of the Stones of Barenziah, making it very desirable to gain entrance to. Lastly, from the patio, the Dragonborn has an excellent view; arguably one of the best in all of Skyrim.
A selection of upgrades are available to buy from the Jarl's steward after the house has been purchased.
When this package is purchased, the master bedroom on the third floor of the house will be decorated with several furnishings and a larger, more luxurious bed. The master bedroom will also include a two slot weapon rack as well as both a chest and safe amongst other decorations. Also, a small dining area will be added just outside the bedroom door that includes a table, chairs, and other decorations. The safe in the room contains leveled loot, from jewelry all the way to Daedric armor and weapons.
This package adds a large table, chairs and a wide range of decor to the living area located centrally on the second floor of the house.
Fills out one of the ground floor rooms with implements and tools for an alchemy laboratory, including a fully-functional alchemist's crafting table, related decor and alchemy ingredients scattered around the room.
Will stock one of the home's small ground-floor rooms with all of the furnshings for an enchanting laboratory, including an enchanter's crafting table. Also includes two mannequins on which to display apparel.
Includes a hearth, kettle, and miscellaneous food and dishes.
Places a small table, two chairs and other furnishings on the stone patio outside the back of the house.
Creates a new room with two children's beds with low chests at the foot of each and a round bedside table next to each, with a larger table with shelves between them. A third chest is near the entrance, a tall wardrobe, a washbasin, a picnic type table and a children's practice dummy are also included. A large mounted map of Skyrim is included among the decorations.
PC 360 PS3 The patio door can be opened with the Fletcher Key. This no longer works after patch 1.9.
The Fletcher Key can be pickpocketed from Fihada, the fletcher in Solitude.
The Fletcher Key can also be obtained by picking the lock to the fletcher's shop with the Wax Key perk.
Due to the presence of the Bards College in Solitude, adopted children living at Proudspire Manor may comment: "Do you think I could be a bard? I really like singing."
A balcony on the Bards College roof can be accessed using the barrels on the Proudspire Manor patio, however the patio has to have no upgrade bought for it. (See the Bards College page under Trivia for more info.)
The manor can be acquired for free. With the appropriate funds, speak to Falk Firebeard to purchase it. When he's mentioning the key, place all gold on hand in a cupboard. Retrieve it after getting the key.
PC The objective "Visit Proudspire Manor, your new home" will not be completed unless the home is entered through the side door facing Vittoria Vici's House. Any other entrance will not show the objective as completed.
360 The mannequin in the basement may move off of its stand and stand in the middle of the enchanting room, but it will still act as though it is on the stand, since it is possible to walk through the mannequin but not walk through the stand. Also, the mannequin can only be activated from where it should normally be on its stand.
PC PS3 After becoming Thane of Haafingar, Proudspire Manor may become slightly bugged and won't "count" as an owned house. While it can be entered and used fully like an owned home, the Dragonborn will be treated as a trespasser: The housecarl will berate them for entering the home, and there will be no bonuses from sleeping. This may also make all items stored in the house labelled stolen.
PC 360 PS3 Sometimes walking out on the patio, after purchasing the upgrade, the door will say "Requires Key", making it impossible to enter through the patio door.
Entering through the other two entrances still works.
Using "Unlock" on the console will fix this
Becoming Thane of Solitude entitles the Dragonborn to a housecarl, which for some reason unlocks all doors, including the back door.
It is possible to unlock this door using the key to the Solitude Fletcher, which can be pickpocketed off of one of the store owners.
PC 360 PS3 Spouses may sleep on the bedroll in the basement near the enchanting and alchemy tables. This can prevent getting the Lover's Comfort effect from sleeping.
This can be fixed on PC by using the "Markfordelete" console command, and then reentering the manor.
This can also be fixed temporarily if the Dragonborn's spouse is a potential follower. The solution starts by leading them upstairs to the bedroom, telling them to sleep in the bed, and dismissing them, then commanding Jordis to sleep on the bedroll in the basement. Walking back upstairs while still on follower command mode, the spouse will be found sleeping in the bed.
PC 360 PS3 A texture bug that can appear on the wall behind the mannequins.
360 PS3 The weapons rack and mannequins in the basement which can hold weapons/shields/armor do not always work. Sometimes, weapons can be put in racks but no armor on the mannequins, and vice-versa. The mannequins tend to disappear regardless of what is placed on them.
If one piece of apparel is removed from the mannequin, the other pieces will become visible.
360 PS3 The weapons rack in the master bedroom on the third floor might not allow any weapons to be mounted on them.
PC PS3 Near the weapons rack in the basement, hay floats a few feet in the air above a side table.
PC Workaround: prid 000e25d4 and enable will decorate this room. If two boxes on the right do not disappear then clicking on it or typing console commands prid 000e273a then typing disable should resolve the issue.
PC PS3 The five weapon racks in the basement are only able to accept weapons in the three middle slots.
Sometimes if weapons are placed on the outside racks, the weapon can not be taken again. It will still ask to place weapon.
On loading a save inside of Proudspire Manor, standing near the front door, after installing Patch 1.6, a bookshelf may open that was out of sight and the books begin to disappear one-by-one. Upon subsequent loads it may be possible to 'take all', but they are all inconsequential books, possibly from the bookshelf upstairs.
360 PS3 The Ghostblade cannot be put on any of the weapon racks in Proudspire Manor. It will disappear.
PS3 When leaving Proudspire, the Dragonborn may drop out of Solitude and all followers die.
This can be fixed by loading a previous save
PS3 It is possible that when a save is loaded inside the house all the upgrades disappear.
This can be fixed by reloading the save
360 The far right slot on the weapon rack downstairs will allow as many weapons as desired to be placed on it, but they can't be gotten back.
Sometimes, everything in Proudspire Manor will be marked as stolen. This includes weapons and armor mounted on display objects and everything placed within chests.
PS3 The chest at the foot of the upstairs bedroom is backwards, so the latches are facing the person opening it, and the chest opens facing the bed.
360 PS3 Everything in the first floor kitchen will fall through the big and small table and onto the floor after leaving and reentering. (Fixed in Patch 1.3)
PC 360 PS3 Manequins will replicate items placed on them if they are put it on and then taken it off the mannequin without leaving the inventory window. There is no known way to stop this, but could be beneficial to the user.
PC The weapons rack in the master bedroom on the third floor will not allow any weapons to be mounted on them at all. (Fixed in Patch 1.3)
Mannequins all work (after patch 1.4)
All the slots of the five slot weapons rack in the basement work.(after patch 1.4), But beware, the other two slots that didn't work earlier can only have two-handed weapons. If by any chance place any other weapons they cannot be retrieved and it keeps saying 'activate weaponrack', although when looking towards the top of the weapon rack from above the weapon one is still able to retrieve it. (tested it on 360 ). If on PC and this happens, use the console command 'tcl' to fly slightly behind the weapons rack to fetch the weapon. (Or use the 'delete' command on the command console, but that will make the weapon disappear.)
PC One can also click on the item and then type moveto player in console mode.