We admit we were huge megalomaniacs during our first couple of modded Skyrim playthroughs. We wanted to have it all. The best spells, multiple largest castles, the biggest non-lore friendly weapons, and armor. While this was kinda beautiful, it was also horrific as we lost track of what we were supposed to be doing in Skyrim and that’s roleplay. So, this time around, we decided to focus on a bit more intimate, yet lavishly beautiful player home mods.
Think mansions, manors and smaller estates. Some of them are extremely lore-friendly and while others are a bit more out there. Regardless of that, all of them are very well made and some even come with unique gameplay mechanics. They are also conflict-free so you can basically have them all installed at once.
Also, don’t forget about the power of visuals mods and ENB’s when it comes to player homes looking even more beautiful. You can check them and other mods out in our comprehensive Skyrim mod lists:
Starting the list light with an old mod, completely lore-friendly house mod. The Skyfall estate is a lovely, medium-sized home located just out of Whiterun. Despite its humble appearance, this house has it all – plenty of storage space, displays for nearly every item in the game and it’s even adoption-friendly.
Something in stark contrast to the previous warm family home is the Shrouded lair. It’s like something ripped straight out of the Castlevania series as this shrine of vampiric decadence is located in its very own plane of Oblivion. Appropriately, in one where the sunlight never shines. General creepiness aside, the lair is filled to the brim with everything an aspiring vampire would want. Teleport books, a throne room, a display room, torture chambers, new weapons, and much more await the evil roleplayer.
As the name would suggest, it’s a manor located on a cliff and not only does it look absolutely stunning, but its also very lore-friendly. It features the already familiar Whiterun setting and is secluded near the base of the Throat of the World mountain. Perfect for a recluse lord or any other character you’d want to roleplay.
Going a bit further up north, the Frostvale estate is located near the winter wonderland that is Windhelm. It’s like a winter retreat for a tired old Dovahkiin and features the appropriate atmosphere. As per usual, you have everything you’d ever want from a player home and the place feels like you’d just want to sit around and drink marshmallow infused coffee all day.
Another cliffside place, but this one is packing a much more personality. Mona Alta is made to be a monastery and every inch of its beautiful design showcases that. There is no wasted space and everything is made to be highly practical. It has its very own master bedroom, a study, a lounge, workshop, and even a pool. Plus, it’s located near Lake Ilinalta so it has quite the view too.
Another player home located near Whiterun but this one is a bit more lavish. A beautiful multi-leveled mansion with a terrace and a spa on the outside and an awesomely decorated one on the inside. Seriously, the layout of this place is excellent and it has everything you need to make yourself a true lord. There are even portals that will take you to either Whiterun or Solitude so you are immersively connected to places of importance.
Bioshock: Infinite in Skyrim? Hell yes! Dorn Heven is an absolutely stunning flying player home located south of Windhelm. What more needs to be said? Can’t you read? It’s a flying mansion. With waterfalls falling off its edges. You know, like its meant to house some sort of god. Just download it and thank us later.
There are few places a true vampire can call home. It’s always either a stinking cave or a castle. But vamps also like to feel the cozy comfort of a smaller home sometimes. That’s where Ravenholm player home comes in. This manor uses the Volkihar architecture to bring you everything a vampire would need while being both cozy and lavishly decorated.
Black and red is a tried and true color combination but red and white can be just as effective. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at Pale Marsh Manor mod and you will. This totally unique player home features a bit more realistic architecture but it still fits Skyrim surprisingly well. Not only does the combination of colors and the architecture make it look great but the fact that you can see through the windows and that there are no load doors to be found. It quickly rose to become one of our favorite home mods out there and it will surely become yours too.
Another beautiful lore-friendly home. This one is located near Solitude and was the winner of Skyrim “Build-a-home” competition. Why you wonder? Well, because once you take ownership of the house and tidy it up by completing a short quest – it becomes one of the most beautiful player homes ever to grace Skyrim. Especially its interior so be sure to check it out.
Finally, a player home geared fully toward mages. Well, this one is a combination of magic and technology which arguably makes it one of the most unique player homes out there. You have full 21 rooms to explore, you get to play around with artifacts from past games and you even get a fully voiced butler. It looks absolutely awesome and there even a few surprises that I won’t spoil to preserve that sense of wonder you’ll get when you step into this great player home.
Revak Rift is another cozy home that actually serves as a home where you’ll admire all your achievements. How so? It’s due to all the display racks that will showcase, as the author eloquently said: ” everything from daedric artifacts down to Ysgramor’s Soup Spoon”.
What says lavishly rich more than a manor situated on top of a waterfall? Nirn Falls Manor is one such place which its author describes as a “perfect sized player home that has an atmosphere of liveliness and nature”. The architecture is completely lore-friendly and the home doesn’t go overboard on the features.
Breezehome has nothing on Moonwatch Manor. It’s a perfect example of fitting a ton of stuff in a small space while keeping things nice and cozy. It’s located under the Solitude city arch and is a perfect little place to lay your head when you’ve had one too many to drink while partying in the capital.
One of the largest mysteries of the Elder Scrolls lore is the disappearance of the Dwemer race but we think we cracked the case! They secluded themselves in their technologically advanced and cozy homes like the one in this mod. You could disappear into it too because it looks entirely awesome with unique decor and architecture you won’t find anywhere else.
Aevon-Tor aims to bring the atmosphere of Witcher 3 intro Skyrim and we think it succeeds with flying colors. The mood and the atmosphere is the absolute highlight here making it a place worth spending your time in. It, of course, has everything you’d want from a player home, making it a roleplayer’s dream.
Beautiful, lavish and highly decorated – Crystal Creek mansion is all that and much more. This player home situated near Pinewatch is a perfect place for any tired old (and rich) Dovahkiin to call home.
Here’s something completely unique again. The Esterah is a Redguard, Middle-eastern themed player home mod built from the ground up with authenticity in mind. It definitely looks like it’s built for a sultan, as the lavish oriental decor permeates throughout.
Who needs Breezehome when you have the 7 Dragons Manor situated right behind it? If the Jarl of Whiterun can’t give the savior of the city a proper home, you can call upon mods to set you straight. Just ignore that measly house and move into this home fit for a Dovahkiin. There’s plenty of space, lots of features and even a pool for your tired dragon-slaying bones.
Hjerim is a purchasable home in vanilla Skyrim located in Windhelm. If you’ve always felt that the home was a bit underwhelming – this mod is for you. It’s made with warmth, practicality, and nord tastes in mind and is another place perfect to just chill by the fire and sip some hot chocolate.
If there is such a thing as a lavish mansion in the world of druids – Ebongrove would be it. This absolutely stunning player home is highly decorated and detailed, featuring a sort of golden glow to give it a truly unique atmosphere. You can teleport to all the major cities and recall to the home whenever you wish, along with all the usual features of a player home.
Another Redguard-themed oriental home that you can run to if you are in need of some good rest. Perfect for a summer retreat when you have that rich Redguard Dovahkiin that probably deserved it after all the dragon-slaying.
Probably one of the absolute best and most impressive of player home mods. This mobile ship is the pinnacle of Dwemer technology and is packed with so many features and unique visuals to blow your mind. Upon first getting your hand on the control device, you summon the ship and it descends down to you in scene that is so epic that it eclipses most set pieces from the vanilla game. Next, you get to explore its impressively arcane and immersive interior. Last, you get to see your jaw literally drop to the floor.