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Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre

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Address: Camino Sitio Litre, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
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+34 922 38 24 17
09:30 - 17:30
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The mansion was built in 1730 and it seems was originally the headquarters...

The mansion was built in 1730 and it seems was originally the headquarters and wine cellars of a Dutch wine exporting company.

In 1774 it was purchased by a Mr.Archibald Little a British merchant whose family owned the house until 1854 (thereby the name Little's Place, in Spanish SITIO LITRE)

In 1856 the property was bought by a Mr.Charles Smith whose family have owned the house right up until 1996, a period of 140 years. The historic English garden was first planned by the Little family, and added to by the Smith family.

Many famous personalities have spent time in SITIO LITRE either as house guests or simply as guests at the numerous garden parties given in the magic garden.

Amongst the most famous house guests were William Wilde, the father of Oscar Wilde, but possibly the most famous of all was Marianne North, the well known botanical painter, who lived in this house for two months in 1875, she is remembered in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London, where all her 832 paintings are on view. Many of her Tenerife works were painted in this garden (and we have placed copies of these around the garden, so you can see that even after 130 years, the garden is practically the same)

Party guests were numerous, but to name only three, we can mention Sir Richard Burton, who passed through Tenerife on two occasions between 1860 and 1863, Sir Richard was the first European to enter the holy city of Mecca (dressed as a Muslim), he also discovered lake Tanganika, but he is best known for having translated the three erotic works of the east into English, these being "The Kamasutra", "The perfumed garden" and "The Arabian Nights".

Many years later Agatha Christie and her daughter Rosalyn were on holiday in Puerto de la Cruz, the year was 1927 and she had just divorced her first husband, she was so inspired by the gardens that she wrote one of her novels, basing the plot in Puerto de la Cruz "The mysterious Mr.Quin".

The first of all these guests should not be forgotten, he was one of the world's most famous discoverers and botanist. The famous German explorer Alexander Von Humboldt, he was the guest of honour at a party given for him on June 23rd 1799 by Mr Archibald Little. The house is still a private residence but the owners have decided to open the gardens to visitors, so they can savour this "Vision of Eden" and view the lovely collection of orchids, possibly the best in the Canary Islands.

The SITIO LITRE garden is the oldest surviving garden in Tenerife, now 235 years old. It has been owned continuously by British families since 1774.

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Nearly 300yr old English Garden. Owned by Brits throughout.

An interesting garden as much for the shrubs and trees as for the orchids. Laid out out nearly 300 yrs ago in 'English style' with croquet lawn, it has retained this quality... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Playa de las Americas, Spain
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Walked here from seafront hotel, bit of a climb. €4.75 entry. Small garden, 30 to 40mins of peace. Established over 200 years ago, bit of history, agathachristie, Von humbolt. Orchids and other plants. Cafe that I didn't use

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Cambridge, UK
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This garden left me feeling pretty depressed at the state it is in... it looks like there is a bare minimum of maintenance done, and what is done is done badly. e.g. The pergolas are falling apart - and which could be remedied with a few days work from a competent DIYer... The orchids for which is is supposedly famous... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A peaceful spot to walk around and enjoy the flowers and plants. It's a nice garden, only partly orchids. It's like a beautiful little park. Fish pond is probably exciting for the children, you can feed them with fish food bought from the ticket booth (0,5 EUR).

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting garden as much for the shrubs and trees as for the orchids. Laid out out nearly 300 yrs ago in 'English style' with croquet lawn, it has retained this quality. Beautifully tranquil. There is an iguana resident called Nelson (it has lost an arm, like Admiral Nelson did in Battle of Santa Cruz!)

Thank gualtario
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this garden with two friends. We didn't find the orchids till we were nearly round the garden, but there were many beautiful ones in flower. The rest if the garden has lots of flowering plants, and I enjoyed wandering round. The tearoom is very good. It had just started to rain (in March) so we were able to... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this orchid garden by chance, which is in a residential area of Puerto de la Cruz. Although small it has lots of trees and plants as well as orchids and a cafe to take refreshments.

Thank Janis J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The entrance fee was quite high for a garden this small, but it was nice and peaceful. There were prints of pictures by Marianne North next to their subjects. I would especially recommend the lovely little tearoom at the back of the garden. Best cream tea I've had outside of Cornwall, and very affordable as well.

Thank Maiju T
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

At 4.75 euros each this garden seemed very expensive. Yes when we eventually found the section with the orchids in they were beautiful, but this so called attraction takes no more than 45 minutes to explore.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Well worth a look round, great flowers, fish and cafe. It's located on the hillside not far from the rear of Hotel El Tope.

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Reviewed 19 March 2017

We had a an uphill walk to get here, but what a lovely relaxing place, plenty of seats to just sit and absorb the tranquil atmosphere, the grounds are not huge, but were very pleasant, with lots of different trees and plants, the tea shop was perfect with a nice pot of tea, there is a large iguana by the... More 

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