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Tor House

26304 Ocean View Avenue, Carmel, CA 93923
831 624 1813
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Ranked #8 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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Hastings, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Wow, what an amasing man & story. The tour guide was wonderful, knowledgable & friendly & thank you for keeping this part of history alive. You become so engaged with the place & just wanting to learn more and more about Robinson Jeffers & his family.The stone maisonary incrediable !!

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Sunnyvale, CA
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202 reviews 202 reviews
56 attraction reviews
799 helpful votes 799 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I went to the torhouse.org site, called to make a reservation, and surprisingly enough got through! Note that the phone number is different Mon-Thurs, from Friday-Saturday! That weekend, I'm looking for the 5 digit address on Ocean Drive, or was that Ocean View drive? Even the tour guide on the phone can't remember the address! What was the last 5... More

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We arrived at Tor House a few minutes late having booked online in advance. We were a bit flustered after heavy traffic in San Francisco. However, we could not have been made to feel more welcome by our docent, Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts. From start to finish he was wonderful!! The house itself is fascinating and throughout Elliot bought it completely to... More

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San Luis Obispo, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I have been visiting Tor House for many years and have taken friends and family there to enjoy the beauty and the magical stories about Una and Robinson Jeffers (our California poet), and their family (including of course, their bull dogs). The house is a step back in time, a simpler and more mystical time, their gardens are magical, and... More

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
32 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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San Bruno
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
36 helpful votes 36 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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