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“A beautifully preserved and presented site”
Review of Tor House

Tor House
Ranked #11 of 110 things to do in Carmel
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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.
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Jeffers has long been one of my favorite poets, and his home and the nearby land and seascapes are more part of his work than for any other poet I know. Visiting the home, sitting in his work chair, seeing the 'bed by the window' that he wrote about, climbing to the top of Hawk Tower, seeing his and Una's books on the shelves and his family photographs, all while accompanied by a deeply knowledgeable and helpful docent, was a very powerful experience.

Tours are only done on Friday and Saturday, so plan accordingly. Each group has a maximum of 10 people. The small number of visitors is undoubtedly one reason why the home is so well preserved.

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

This home built years ago, by a couple, is amazing to view. It looks like a medieval castle that should be off in the moors of England!
A must see!

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Carmel poet Robinson Jeffers built Hawk Tower with his own hands from rocks collected from the coast below his property. MJ Murphy built the stone home, Tor House, for Robin's beloved wife, Una, and their family. Tours are available and the garden is lovely.

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Reviewed 18 March 2014

This is the old home of the poet Robinson Jeffers. The docent lead tour was very informative. The home and Hawk Tower are both built out of natural rocks from the hillside. Very interesting stories about the family that lived there and the construction. Young children would be bored I think but adults interested in history will find it very interesting. The stairs in the tower are VERY narrow.

Thank mgsinger
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

We stumbled into Tor house and the story of Robinson Jeffers and can't stop talking about it! Took the last tour of the day with an entirely enthusiastic literature student who knew the place and all the stories like the back of his hand. He incorporated poetry of the master like a master at key points along the way-- absolutely delightful! The grounds and house itself are fascinating but the compelling part of the trip was learning about Robinson and Una Jeffers. They were ahead of their time in thought and lifestyle, ultimately affecting the development of the peninsula, state, and country. Finally, reading the poetry (bought at the bookstore on site) provides a lasting insight into a courageous thought leader. Don't miss it!

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