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Address: 26304 Ocean View Ave, Carmel, CA 93923-9109
Phone Number: +1 831-624-1813

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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Enjoyable but boring at times

Enjoyable tour but boring at times. This tour combines lecture on the poet + tour of the house. Be prepared to stand still in one place for 15-20 min a few times throughout the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyable tour but boring at times. This tour combines lecture on the poet + tour of the house. Be prepared to stand still in one place for 15-20 min a few times throughout the tour. Not suitable for those who are claustrophobic, easily bored or can not climb steep stairs.

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Los Amgeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

If you know the poetry of Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), this place is a must see. But visit Tor House even if you've never heard of Him. Jeffers was a celebrated poet and icon of the early environmental movement who built the house (1918) and tower (1920) himself as a retreat for his wife Una. The grounds are a collection of... More 

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Prairie Village
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

If you want to feel the people and history of Tor House come alive, definitely book a docent tour. Our docent gave us so much insight into the family, their vision, habits and philosophies. Robinson built so much by himself with those heavy granite boulders. Una apparently didn't mind not having electricity for 30 years, and invited her ex and... More 

4 Thank Catherine Z
Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We were only able to do a walk-by since it is not open for tours every day so be sure and check the schedule of when it is open. fascinating

2 Thank J M
Berlin, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

I rated this place as 'very good' but, frankly, I was very disappointed. I had read Robinson Jeffer's poems and his life story. I'd also seen pictures of him building the house.(Anyone interested in the environment SHOULD read his stuff.) To finally see it up close was a let-down. No longer isolated for sure. You really have to hunt for... More 

3 Thank MaryLouandJohn
Washougal, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Purchased tickets a month before Tor House' Open House. Greeted warmly by all the docents, heard some wonderful history, nibbled on fresh tea sandwiches, treats with tea, and thoroughly enjoyed hearing the bagpipe player. Truly a treasure to visit and appreciate.

Thank Gloria L
Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

One of the architectural ruins of when Carmel was an outpost for the artists colony that once hosted some of most famous writers living here at the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

You will not be disappointed by this lengthy, in-depth tour of an historic home to one of America's great 20th Century poets. Climb a miniature stone tower!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

This is one of the original houses in Carmel. Goes back over 100 years. Robinson Jeffers built the house and tower "Tor" by hand, using only block and tackle to construct the 35 foot tall outer structure. The docents will give you very good information. Reservations are required. This is a terrific way to get some "local" history about Carmel... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016

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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