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I bought the house in Whiterun, only to find out that it doesn't have the option to buy an Enchanting table (though it does have alchemy and access to a full smithy next door).

If I'm going to buy another house, I want to make sure it has access to all the crafting stations. So which houses have which upgrades?

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While not convenient, there is at least a 24-hour accessible enchanting station in Dragonsreach. – agf Nov 17 '11 at 6:09
@Jim That's why I said in my comment it isn't convenient. – agf Jan 12 at 3:28
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Every home except for the house in Whiterun has an Enchanting Table upgrade availiable, as well as the option to procure Alchemical facilities.

If you want a home with a Smithy, you must have the Hearthfire DLC installed. This allows you to buy land and build a house in 3 holds: Falkreath, Morthal, and Danwstar. There you can build your own smithy. Other than that, there are no houses with forges in vanilla Skyrim. Riften and Whiterun offer the most convenient access to forge facilities, though Riften's forge lacks Smelting equipment.

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I favor Morthal's house, Windstad Manor, because it has a unique fish farm that you cannot find anywhere else. I like some of the powerful potions that I can make with fishes. – Nelson Jan 11 at 7:04
Alternatively, if you want to build a Kitchen for it's unique oven crafting station, you can build a Flour mill at Heljarchen Hall for more convenient baking. – tjd Jan 11 at 14:02
Lakeview is the best because it's easy to get and it's best for a beginner of Hearthfire. I like the Lakeview if you built a watchtower. I had to clear the necromancer's lair down the hill because it can belive I'm living near that lair. Winstad has a fisher hatcher which is what I like about Mortal's manor. – Jim Jones Jan 12 at 3:25

It seems that every other house has an enchanting table upgrade available for it. The cheapest of these are for 8000g in Markarth or Riften.

It would appear, however, that Alchemy, Enchanting, and Cooking are the only crafting stations available in any house. You'll still need to find a blacksmith for everything else.

See Skyrim Houses wiki for more details.

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Ah, I forgot cooking. Do all the houses have cooking? – David Fullerton Nov 16 '11 at 23:26
Yes, I believe so. – Pithlit Nov 16 '11 at 23:40
All houses have the availability of basic cooking. Hearthfire Estates can be upgraded with a Kitchen on the east wing which contains an oven for additional "baking" recipes. These recipes seem to be uniquely available only to Hearthfire Kitchens. – tjd Jan 11 at 13:55

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