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Address: 26304 Ocean View Avenue, Carmel, CA 93923
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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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Historic home with a poetic story

The home of the poet Robinson Jeffers and his lovely wife Una. It's more than a home, it's a part of the landscape and Carmel history, it tells a unique, poetic story. The home... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Haverford, Pennsylvania

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Haverford, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 493 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The home of the poet Robinson Jeffers and his lovely wife Una. It's more than a home, it's a part of the landscape and Carmel history, it tells a unique, poetic story. The home, the gardens and Hawk Tower were all built by Robinson with love and commitment. You still can feel his spirit here. The tours are great, the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

There are nooks and crannies that abound in and around Carmel; Tor House and Jeffers are regular highlights for visitors. Checking out Tor House also provides a diverse amount of other history, nature and art without wearing out you or your shoes (i.e. Boston)

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Carmel, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Though Tor House is open to the public every week, one a year it is open to the public and photographs. This will be at the Garden Party the first week of May. Please see this post for a review http://carmelbytheseaca.blogspot.com/2013/05/robinson-jeffers-tor-house-garden-party.html For a more in depth review of Robinson and Una Jeffer please see Part 1 of 4 http://carmelbytheseaca.blogspot.com/2013/05/robinson-jeffers-family-background.html

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Carmel, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Tor House, a handmade stone house with a tower was built by/for Robinson Jeffers overlooking Carmel Bay. It is well maintained by the docents and offers insightful tours. If you have any interest in Jeffers and his writings this would be a definite "must" although it is also interesting simply to view the house itself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I canon remember his name for the life of me, but the docent at Tor House made the tour interesting, fun and special. We were with a small group and I was with a serious Jeffers fan, my husband. The talk and walk was informative, detailed and fun! Much more fun than I imagined. Plan for two hours.

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Monterey, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This retreat was hand built by poet Robinson Jeffers in the early days of Carmel's Artist colony history. The stones for Tor House were carried from the beach and placed in the tower by Mr. Jeffers. It is open on a limited schedule and it is also interesting to read the gossip about Jeffers' wife and her other love who... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Such a beautiful historic home. We walked through the neighborhoods and my husband picked this as "his house," not even realizing it was famous.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Very interesting house in Carmel,CA made by one man on the beach and made entirely of rocks that he found on location basically. Beautifully to tour through and see. Love the vistas. Love the location. Certainly worth going to see if you have not done this before.

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Northern Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Early twentieth century poet Robinson Jeffers had a reverence for nature and you will feel it in every stone he used to build Tor House. You cannot help but be moved by this place. Jeffers built the house, outbuildings, and the Hawk Tower from the local Carmel stone. Friends brought stones and artifacts from their travels and Jeffers incorporated these... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Come and take a tour of a man's dream - Tor House & Hawk Tower. Poet Robinson Jeffers has built his dream house at Carmel Point of granite boulders from the shore below his house. Tours are only Friday & Saturday.

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Address: 26304 Ocean View Avenue, Carmel, CA 93923
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel

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