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Tor House

Address: 26304 Ocean View Avenue, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone Number: 831 624 1813
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Ranked #6 of 25 Attractions in Carmel
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/day tour
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Owner description: The historic home of the poet Robinson Jeffers is open to the public for group tours.

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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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76 reviews 76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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 reviews 4 reviews
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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213 reviews 213 reviews
58 attraction reviews
844 helpful votes 844 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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9 reviews 9 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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San Luis Obispo, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Usa
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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
16 helpful votes 16 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
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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