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Tor House

26304 Ocean View Avenue, Carmel, CA 93923
831 624 1813
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Ranked #9 of 28 attractions in Carmel
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Description: The historic home of the poet Robinson Jeffers is open to the public for group tours.
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Usa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Tor house is so unique no matter you know Robinson or not. It is one of the gem in Carmel. The tour is full of history and legend, really interesting. The side tower is more interesting. You can step onto the highest floor. If you like taking some pictures of the house, try to visit it in the morning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Tor House was the home of the poet Robinson Jeffers. He and his family, plus A-list guests, loved the quaint home for its solitude and the views of the Carmel coast. There is a small gift and history shop where you meet the docents, learn a bit about Jeffers' life, then tour the home and the rock tower/writing space. Great... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Poet Robinson Jeffers is an unsung American original whose work was an offshoot to his training as a literary scholar, doctor, and forester. He built his own house and "tower" in Carmel, planted 2000 trees, attracted scads of artists like Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, and created today's Carmel. If you don't visit this place, you can't understand Carmel. Hard... More

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Beijing, China
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Jeffers has long been one of my favorite poets, and his home and the nearby land and seascapes are more part of his work than for any other poet I know. Visiting the home, sitting in his work chair, seeing the 'bed by the window' that he wrote about, climbing to the top of Hawk Tower, seeing his and Una's... More

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Long Beach, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
36 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This home built years ago, by a couple, is amazing to view. It looks like a medieval castle that should be off in the moors of England! A must see!

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Carmel, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Carmel poet Robinson Jeffers built Hawk Tower with his own hands from rocks collected from the coast below his property. MJ Murphy built the stone home, Tor House, for Robin's beloved wife, Una, and their family. Tours are available and the garden is lovely.

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San Jose, Calif.
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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This is the old home of the poet Robinson Jeffers. The docent lead tour was very informative. The home and Hawk Tower are both built out of natural rocks from the hillside. Very interesting stories about the family that lived there and the construction. Young children would be bored I think but adults interested in history will find it very... More

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Reno, Nevada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We stumbled into Tor house and the story of Robinson Jeffers and can't stop talking about it! Took the last tour of the day with an entirely enthusiastic literature student who knew the place and all the stories like the back of his hand. He incorporated poetry of the master like a master at key points along the way-- absolutely... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The Tor House is a really interesting site architecturally and the history behind the site is REALLY interesting even if you don't initially know anything about the builder/poet. You'll learn! The guides are very knowledgeable and they make the tour very interesting. The only down side for me was that visitors are not allowed to take pictures (big downer for... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Our guide on this tour was fantastic! We truly enjoyed every bit of this tour! The Tor House & Hawk Tower were incredible!

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