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Address: 26304 Ocean View Avenue, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone Number: +1 831-624-1813
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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 Fridays and Saturdays. First Tour at 10AM, last tour at 3PM. Tours last about 1 hr 20 minutes. Docents describe the life and times of Robinson and Una Jeffers, his poetry, philosophy, and accomplishments of building his home of sea-tossed granite.

Wear walking shoes to cope with uneven ground and steep stairs. No photography during tours.

Special events annually are the Spring Garden Party held the first Sunday in May when photography is permitted in Tor House and Hawk Tower. Jeffers Fall Festival is held the first weekend of October and includes discussions and presentations on Jeffers' poetry and his life in Carmel. Both are paid events. Check the Tor House web site for details near the time of event.

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Tor House Only open Fridays & Saturdays

There is a gate that blocks even entering the grounds when it is closed, but you can see parts of the tower and the cottage from Ocean View street. This entire facility with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a gate that blocks even entering the grounds when it is closed, but you can see parts of the tower and the cottage from Ocean View street. This entire facility with offices fits into a standard lot in a residential neighborhood, so there is not a lot to see. However, there are has several other wonderful stone houses... More 

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Monterey Peninsula, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is an amazing place to view. There is a presentation about Tor House for visitors to read about this place.

Thank Caroline S
Redlands, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Actually not too hard to find, right along scenic coast drive in Carmel. 6 people on docent guided tour allowed. Very informative, even you you don't enjoy poetry. $10 cash admission, otherwise $12 with credit card. Need to make appointment online or by phone. Lasts approximately 1-1.5 hours including climbing adjacent rock tower. Beautiful views of ocean and surrounding area.... More 

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Birmingham, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

The former home of poet Robinson Jeffers, who built it from the rocks along the beach. On the grounds is Hawk Tower, which you can climb if in good physical shape. The docents will tell you all about this amazing poet, who also translated Medea into a modern script for the theater.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

This little stone house is hard to find, but it's well worth the effort. Built by poet Robinson Jeffers in the early 1900's it's unique and fun to explore. Our docent tour guide was interesting and very informative. Book in advance as only 6 people can take the tour at a time. The drive getting to Tor house along the... More 

1 Thank Mitch A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

We've done the tour twice and will probably do it again. This doesn't look like much from the outside but don't be deceived. Great history and amazing workmanship. We've introduced locals to it who have lived here for years and never went. They are now passing it on to others.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Tor House was built from the ground and by hand by the poet, Robinson Jeffers. The house and the Hawk Tower are now open to the public on a limited basis and well worth a visit !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

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 

3 Thank James S
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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

Thank Lynn M

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