Abhorsens house 2

Fan art by Bryce Homick

The Abhorsen's House is located on a small island on the River Ratterlin[1]. According to the Disreputable Dog, the river was split to create the island, and a tent was pitched by the first Abhorsen. The Wallmakers then built walls around the island, and, where the tent was, there is now a fig tree. It is served by sendings, and apparently, every Abhorsen creates a new one, as with time they go senile. The Abhorsen's house is protected by many magical and physical defenses, unseen to the common eye, with the great rushing waters of the Ratterlin flowing by it creates a barrier to the dead. Mogget also gives us more information about the house's protection: when Sabriel enters the house in the first novel she reaches out to Death by accident, Mogget stops her, telling her it would have broken many magical wards and spells put in place that stop Death from accessing the house. Also, in the book Abhorsen , the narrator explains how 

there are spells that keep the Sun shining on the house, and unseen forces that keep fog summoned by free magic away from the house. The 

embodiment of the seventh bright shiner, Astarael, inhabits the well
Aborson house

Layout of Abhorsen's House


There are three floors in Abhorsen's house proper, not including the tower which makes six.


In the cellar, there is a block of ice used to summon a flood from the Clayr's Glacier.

Ground Floor Edit

On the ground floor, there is a large garden outside, containing the well leading down to Astarael, and a Paperwing platform. Inside, there is the hall, the lower parlour (which is at the base of the tower), a store, a buttery, a kitchen, and stairs leading up and down.

Second floorEdit

On the second floor, there are six small bedrooms, an armoury, and a workshop. There is also the upper parlour with stairs to the next level.
Study in Abhorsens House

Third floorEdit

This is the highest proper floor, above is just the tower. There is the Abhorsen's bedroom, a music room, and stairs to the tower and roof gardens.

Fourth floorEdit

Here there is just the study, and outside are the roof gardens. A ladder leads to the top floor.

Fifth floorEdit

This is the top of the tower. The observatory is here, which has clear walls (not made of glass) allowing good vision.

Updates from the book 'Clariel' tell us there is also a secret room below the waterfall where Abhorsens kept free magic creatures prisoner for torture and interrogation. Also home to free magic creatures imprisoned and yet to be destroyed. It is likely that many floors below this area is where Kerrigor, in the form of a black cat, sleeps.