I just married Iona in Skyrim, and said we should live at her house. however, when I checked the map and quests, "show on map" is grayed out. Maybe she does not have a house? Is this a glitch? or, where is her house?

More Info Update: I was just two inn-lengths to the west of the Nightgate Inn, headed away from the inn, and the game popped up, "Completed: Visit your spouse's house". There are no houses in the vicinity that I could find, and I had already discovered the Nightgate Inn a long time ago. Additionally, the "Completed" message did not pop up when I was actually at the inn, but rather, when I was headed away from the inn about two inn-lengths west of the inn. I don't think her house is the Inn, but maybe I'm wrong? Don't know.

Why did the message pop up and did I find Iona's house? If so, where/what is her house? Thanks so much. p.s. I originally found Iona in my house in Riften, after I became Thane of Riften and she swore fielty to me.

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    I could be wrong, so I'm not going to post as an answer, but I think Iona's "house" is either the Keep in Riften, or your house. Which makes sense, since she's your housecarl upon becoming a Thane.
    – Niro
    Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 9:16
  • @desaivv Really? It would seem very unlikely to me that you'd be allowed to "move in" to the Jarl's house - that is, unless there's just a single room in the Keep that you get.
    – Iszi
    Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 23:58
  • @desaivv So, scratch the part in Tristan's comment about her "house" being the Keep?
    – Iszi
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 2:38
  • I was about to add "hey, I found out where she lives". Then I just realized - that was only in my dream (real-life dream)! I dreamt that Iona had a house! So strange...
    – gamecoder
    Commented Feb 13, 2012 at 7:03

3 Answers 3


Iona is a housecarl, and has no propriety of her own. "Her" house is your house in Riften, so you should find her there.

(and congrats on the wedding, best wishes, all that :) )


She doesn't actually have her own house since she is a housecarl. Once you marry her you should find her at your house in Riften. For others that are unsure where that is here's a map. It's marked as number 7 (top left corner)

Map of Riften

If you still can't find her there you could look for her at the keep (33), thats the only other place I imagine she will be.

  • Perhaps this should be a second question: What if you marry a housecarl, and don't own a house? (Possible with Lydia, I believe, but probably not others.)
    – Iszi
    Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 23:30
  • @Iszi Most of the cities require you to own a house to become Thane. I think maybe that any city which gives you a Housecarl, also requires you to buy a house to become Thane. So I don't think that could happen, to have a housecarl without owning a house.
    – gamecoder
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 6:45
  • @gameaddict That's why I said it would be possible only with Lydia - Whiterun is the only city I can think of that allows you to be Thane before you've purchased a house.
    – Iszi
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 19:15

I know there's already an answer, but what you answerers forgot is why the choice to visit spouses house was completed though he wasn't at the house. This is a glitch that is not known, but discovered by you due to the fact that Iona doesn't have a house, so then the choice completes itself because of that. You actually complete the option by going to your house in Riften, but this is a glitch that occurs not at someone's house.

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