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Address: 26304 Ocean View Avenue, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone Number: 831 624 1813
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Description: The historic home of the poet Robinson Jeffers is open to the public for...
The historic home of the poet Robinson Jeffers is open to the public for group tours.
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Small Home, Big Presence

Tours only on Fridays and Saturdays THE GOOD Touring the home, garden, and Hawk Tower you will see and feel how the Jeffers lived. The docent will give you facts. You... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Tours only on Fridays and Saturdays THE GOOD Touring the home, garden, and Hawk Tower you will see and feel how the Jeffers lived. The docent will give you facts. You get to touch and sit and roam. After a few minutes in the house you will sense the rhythm of life when the house was young. Climb the stairs... More 

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Oakville, Ontario
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Have been trying to do this for a few years as they only run tours certain days....we went on Saturday April 25 at noon. Had a great start tour guide and then he handed us over to another for rest of tour which included the tower....very very informative, what an interesting man, a renaissance man. Would be nice to have... More 

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Trinity, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is an essential stop on your trip into Carmel, if nothing more than to see all the stones that put this together. It stands out and rightly so amongst the cookie cutter gingerbread houses,not that they are anything to sneeze at.

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Davis, California, USA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Stopped by to see it from the roadway, then signed up for a tour the next day. The tour was very informative about Robinson Jeffers life and family, why they moved to Carmel and how the house was built. The free- standing "observation" tower, built entirely by Jeffers from rocks was very impressive even before one saw the view from... More 

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Marina
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72 reviews 72 reviews
38 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Take the time to do a Tor House Tour! It's an amazing little place and piece of history in Carmel! Very cool tower to climb; sweet little house and garden.

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Petaluma, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The Tor House is a unique attraction for adults visiting Carmel. Whether you are interested in architecture, California history, scenic beauty or the poetry by R. Jeffers you will find this spot a must see. The one hour tour of the home, given by excellent docents, weaves together the life and poetry of Jeffers with California history and architecture/design. Parts... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I had honestly never heard of Robinson Jeffers before coming to visit the house and I'm so glad I can now appreciate the mark he left on the literary world thanks to this delightful tour. The older gentleman who was our guide was adequate but not the most charismatic or knowledgeable. That said, the site itself is well worth the... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I go to Carmel/Monterey about twice a year but had never known about Tor House until I read about it on Trip Advisor. The descriptions here were so intriguing we took the tour on our Anniversary getaway. First off I do not want to spoil the tour by providing too many details. The way the docent wove the details and... More 

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ca
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

we've lived here for 50 years and always said we'd do it..finally happened upon it at the right moment..very charming..the guide was excellent , knew a lot and jeffer's life was fascinating..his wife's ex husband lived up the street in the "other" castle..who knew...they were friends and she did her laundry at the ex's house! What a tiny miracle the... More 

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Palos Verdes
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95 reviews 95 reviews
16 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Robinson Jeffers Tor House is unique and fascinating stone structure. Built by the hands of the poet Jeffers the house is an important part of Carmel's history and well worth a visit.

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