Windstad Manor sits on the lightly forested banks at the delta of the Karth and Hjaal Rivers, in northern Hjaalmarch.
To the west is the imposing sight of the arch of Skyrim's capital, Solitude. To the north are the icy waters of the Sea of Ghosts, and to the northeast, just a stone's-throw away, is the ancient Nordic tomb of High Gate Ruins. Morthal, the Hold capital, lies a fair distance to the southwest. If Lights Out! has been started, the shipwreck of the Icerunner will appear just a few yards away to the northeast.
Upon completion of the quest Laid to Rest, this site can be bought from the steward of Hjaalmarch at Highmoon Hall in Morthal for 5,000 . Depending on the progress of the Civil War, this steward will be either Aslfur or Pactur. The dialog option will say, "I'd like to purchase a house." However, when that option is chosen, the steward will say that there are no houses available, but there is some land.
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360 After a random encounter with bandits at the Dragonborn's home, the carriage driver's horse may become an enemy, which causes the Dragonborn's spouse, steward, follower, etc. to continually attack it. If it is attacked, a bounty will be added (which can be resolved by fast traveling away from the manor and staying away for about an in game day).
A spouse (tested on Sylgja) may sometimes get stuck between furniture, such as the low display case and the default wooden chest inside the Entryway. This may be fixed by leaving and re-entering the house.
If the hawk egg on top of the Main Hall is not collected and something kills the hawk or moves the feathers (e.g. dragons) a Rock Warbler egg may spawn in its place.
360 The Drafting Table may not display all of the plans that should be available, meaning it may be impossible to finish building the house. This can be fixed by taking something from the chest next to the Drafting table or putting something in it.
PC PS3 After going to the drafting table and selecting Small House Layout, the quest arrow stays on the drafting table. Then when building the house at the workbench the house doesn't show up.
PC 360 Moving from one workbench to another may cause the second workbench to display all possible items, including those which have already been furnished. This may lead the Dragonborn to inadvertently re-purchase items, which causes a loss of materials and has no impact on the furnishings of the house. This can be avoided by selecting each workbench twice (occasionally a third time is needed) upon every use. It is advised to load the last save or immediately remove all items from containers, weapons racks, and mannequins in the event that they are built twice, as it may cause some belongings in said containers to be lost.
Building this house doesn't change the number of houses owned on the game stats.
The Mannequins in the armory and main hall may duplicate unique armors.
A trophy in the Trophy Room (tested with a horker) may disappear, but the game acts as if the trophy is still there.
The armor mannequin in the upstairs Main Hall may move forward, away from its pedestal.
360 Items placed on tables may revert to their original drop point on the floor upon reentering the home.
360 If the armory is built and weapon racks added, at some later point a few of them may begin to malfunction. For example, when entering this room two of the four weapon racks along the right wall in the corner may allow the weapons they are currently displaying to be removed, but won't allow new or even the same weapons to be placed or replaced. This may also happen to any weapon racks in the entryway, not only in this homestead but in the other two as well.
PS3 Weapons on the Weapon Rack in the entry way may move higher and higher until they eventually disappear completely.
360 PC The bard that lives in Winstad Manor, Sonir, may stay permanently in the house, no matter how many times she is dismissed.
One possible workaround for PC may be to use the console commandkill while she is targeted and using the command markfordelete on her corpse. This requires testing, as it is unknown if she is an essential character, though this status could be removed with the command setessential xx019630
PC Sometimes when the expansion wings are built where the room is located on the ground floor and no additions are made to the second floor (Kitchen, Greenhouse and Trophy Room); the access doors from inside the Main Hall open to a wall, making it impossible to go inside the room.
PS3 Sven may vanish if he is appointed steward at Windstad Manor. The option to hire a new steward will not be available.
PS3 Some parts of the house building set may vanish.
PC 360 The Dragonborn's steward, bard, or spouse may sometimes say, "I trust your not planning any trouble", as if they were unfamiliar with them.