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Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre

Calle Sitio Litre s/n, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
+34 922 38 24 17
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: The mansion was built in 1730 and it seems was originally the headquarters and wine cellars of a...
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Oooh this is a lovely little gem of a place. On a hot day I imagine it would be a tranquil bliss. A little expensive at 4 euros but if you take a book or if you are really into rare plants it is worth it. The orchids are mind blowing and theres a pool of coy carp which are... More 

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St Ives, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

An English style garden in the grounds of a private house. This place has history as well as beauty. A bit pricey but a good few hours enjoying the layout and the flora and fauna coupled with a very reasonable tea and scone/ tapas or simply a glass of white wine in the garden cafe, makes it worth it.

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Lier Municipality, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This is a lovely garden. So quiet and charming. Beautiful plants and vegetation . The historie of the garden goden back to the 1800 century and is Tenerifes oldest garden

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We would pay the entry fee(€4.75 each) just to sit and chat with Kelly at her lovely terrace café.Food and drinks an extra bonus and fairly priced.We spent several pleasant hours there.The garden has history but it is hard to beat the Botanical gardens for plants. There is a pool of beautiful goldfish but the garden itself is tired and... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Really lovely orchid gardens visited by Agatha Christie. So pleased we visited as you can nearly miss it

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Cairnbaan, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

A fantastic wee garden with a good collection or orchids. I managed to get my only monarch butterfly photo of our holiday here beside the croquet lawn. There is a café on site but we did not visit this. My reason for not giving this five stars is only because they keep caged birds.

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Lichfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

A lovely place for an hour, a cold drink and snack The orchids are super making you want to start a collection at home However these are outside

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Lancing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is quite literaly someones back garden.The home of Marianne North,the famous artist & explorer,when she stayed in Tenerife.It is utterly delightfull,filled with colour & texture,warmth &joy.Well worth a visit if you are close by.It has a small gift shop,WC,& a café run by a charming young lady from EnglandWe greatly enjoyed our visit here.There is also a pond filled... More 

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Luton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Brilliant. A quiet place to relax. A get away from the crowds. Beautiful gardens and water features lovely. Meeting Nelson, the Iguana was a bonus.

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Heerlen
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This garden was nearby our hotel. It cost 5 euro's but withing 15 min we had seen the garden. So we sat down and had a lunch. Then walked a round and get out. Its nice but not really a must see.

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