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“A Unique Home and History”
Review of Tor House

Tor House
Ranked #12 of 110 things to do in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Inverness, CA
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“A Unique Home and History”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

Robinson Jeffers was a brooding, brilliant poet, and his aura is still present at his Tor House property. The house and tower are redolent of a man whose very life depended on his tie to the land and sea. A visit, led by docents with excellent knowledge of Jeffers and his wife Una make the visit a memorable experience. Docent-led tours are given on Saturdays.

Visited November 2012
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Mill Valley, California
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“Off The Beaten Path - Don't Miss This!”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

We impulsively decided to sign up for the tour (reservations are a must) and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our weekend getaway. The docent giving the tour was well-informed and genuine, and we learned so much about this poet (Robinson Jeffers) and his family while seeing the home they built and lived in before the Carmel area became the current tourist destination. The coastal view complimented the atmospheric stone tower, and we found ourselves telling everyone we saw for the next few weeks about this charming walk into the past.

Visited September 2012
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California
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“Cool Architecture, stunning view of Carmel Bay”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

Not open every day of the week for tour, so check website before you go, but you can look at it from the street on both sides including Scenic Road.

Visited December 2012
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San Francisco Bay Area
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“a glimpse into the mind of a poetic genius”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

I wasn't very familiar with the work of Robinson Jeffers before coming to Tor House, but my partner is a big fan of his poetry. It was fascinating touring the poet's home and studio and hearing his work read in situ. I was particularly blown away by the stone tower. Highly recommend.

Visited January 2012
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“One of our Trip Highlights”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

Fabulous knowing sensitive polite caring guide.......as an american lit major....i loved seeing jeffers home....my equally sensitive wife enjoyed it as much as I...take the secret passage up inside the castle wall...I LOVED THIS EXPERIENCE

Visited August 2012
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