The manse has brick walls twelve feet high with iron spikes atop. There are three gates, the main gatehouse being the chief way in and out of the manse. There is one in the garden that is hidden by ivy. It is chained and guarded by some of Illyrio's eunuchs. The third gate is a postern by the kennels. The manse has pillared galleries, pointed arches, and a tiled courtyard.
There is a marble pool with a statue of a naked boy in its center. The statue is lithe and handsome, made of painted marble so that the hair is blond and shoulder-length. It is poised to duel with a bravo's blade in hand. The pool is surrounded by six cherry trees. The gardens behind the manse are extensive.
The manse is guarded by plump Unsullied, eunuch soldiers from Astapor. Other slaves include two fat female cooks, young and old; a potboy; a freckled washerwoman; a blond girl trained in Lys; and a mousy older woman.
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
Xaro Xhoan Daxos offers Daenerys the hospitality of his home while she is in Qarth. Dany expected a grand residence but not a palace larger than a market town. She thinks Xaro's palace makes Illyrio's manse look like a swineherd's hovel.
A Dance with Dragons
- thoughts of Tyrion Lannister