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Monterey Bay Sights

Tor House

  • 26304 Ocean View Ave. Map It
  • Carmel
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Updated 05/04/2014

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Scattered throughout the pines of Carmel-by-the-Sea are houses and cottages originally built for the writers, artists, and photographers who discovered the area decades ago. Among the most impressive dwellings is Tor House, a stone cottage built in 1919 by poet Robinson Jeffers on a craggy knoll overlooking the sea. Portraits, books, and unusual art objects fill the low-ceilinged rooms. The highlight of the small estate is Hawk Tower, a detached edifice set with stones from the Carmel coastline—as well as one from the Great Wall of China. The docents who lead tours (six people maximum) are well informed about the poet's work and life. To reserve a tour, which is recommended, email

Sight Information


26304 Ocean View Ave., Carmel, California, 93923, United States

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831-624–1813; 831-624–1840-direct docent office line, Fri. and Sat. only


Sight Details:

  • $10
  • Hourly tours Fri. and Sat. 10–3
  • No children under 12

Updated 05/04/2014


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