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Tor House

Address: 26304 Ocean View Avenue, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone Number: 831 624 1813
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Ranked #5 of 25 Attractions in Carmel
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Owner description: The historic home of the poet Robinson Jeffers is open to the public for group tours.
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Owner description: The historic home of the poet Robinson Jeffers is open to the public for group tours.

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Palos Verdes
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63 reviews 63 reviews
13 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

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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Henderson, Nevada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Tor House in Carmel, California was the home of poet, Robinson Jeffers. The history of the house, which Jeffers built himself; carrying rocks from the beach and surrounding area, is a fascinating study of the life and times of the man and his love of the local environment. And when you stand in different locations on the grounds, inside... More 

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Carmel, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

take a moment to linger on the site where one of America's greatest poets was inspired and reveal his innermost affinity for a special place

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Davis, CA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Tor House is one of the most enchanting places to visit in Carmel, especially if you're fond of California writers. The home of Robinson Jeffers and his wife, Una, Tor House is full of history, memories and California turn-of-the-century bohemian writer lore. Only open Fri/Saturday, so plan ahead for a tour.

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Buda, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We had a great tour guide, loved the tour. The story and grounds are very romantic. The views of the ocean from Hawk Tower are inspiring.

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Bergen, Norway
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77 reviews 77 reviews
20 attraction reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

very interesting to learn about the Author , his Family and life - even for a foreigner ! difficult to find the Place in the outskirts of Carmel, and not easy to find a parking Place.

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Colorado Springs
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Seaside castle built by hand by a single man. Small, but beautiful grounds and a great tour. Walk the neighborhood when you're done.

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Hastings, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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221 reviews 221 reviews
63 attraction reviews
870 helpful votes 870 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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