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Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre

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Address: Calle Sitio Litre, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
Phone Number: +34 922 38 24 17
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: 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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A garden haven

This little garden is tucked away a 10 minute walk from the centre of town, but well worth the stroll. If you're a fan of Marianne North of Kew Gardens fame it's a must-see. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

This little garden is tucked away a 10 minute walk from the centre of town, but well worth the stroll. If you're a fan of Marianne North of Kew Gardens fame it's a must-see. The orchids are just one of the garden's botanic features; I personally preferred the other areas where you can mooch in peaceful tranquility. We had great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

One of the attractions we visited when in Tenerife, Spain was the Sitio Litre Garden. The Garden was built in 1730’s by John Parsley a wine merchant from Scotland and was passed on to Archibald Little in 1774, where the name Sitio Litre in Spanish, meaning Little’s Place originated. In 1856, the property was bought over by Charles Smith and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

My wife & I visited this garden recently, late May '15 as the TA reviews were very positive, so it was on our "to do" list of things in Puerto de la Cruz. May should be the best time to view any exposition of Canarian flora, naturally. Oh what a sad little place it is, frankly, I hate to say,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

A lovely peaceful little garden. It is very small so you can walk around it in a few minutes but it is worth taking it very slowly. To get there I suggest getting a taxi to the top of Taoro jardins (free entry), just below Taoro Park, and walking (down lots of steps) through them and then it is a... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I really don't know what I was expecting but it was fine but a little small for the entrance fee demanded - especially if there are 4 of you. I was a little underwhelmed and given we were the only visitors a little under cared for.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a lovely family run small garden with lovely orchids. There is a calm atmosphere and even a small coffee shop so you can sit peacefully and enjoy the surroundings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This garden, with its 'all home-made' English café, is a real gem. The orchid house is truly beautiful and there are also lots more interesting plants and the impressive Dragon Tree, which is so unusual and unique to the Canary Isles. I've visited quite a few times, with friends and family, because the English café always serves a good cup... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This wasn't very big and rather expensive for what you get compared with the botanical gardens. Being English it was just an English garden with different areas with one being orchids. It did have a cafe with english owner and English tea and free wifi so if you're missing home it would be a good place to go.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Stumbled across this place by accident when taking a shortcut to town. Although the name is orchids that is not all there is. It is an uncommercialised mature garden which has ponds with koi carp and also saw a resident lizard which was as big as a cat. It is just a little haven to wander around. Nothing too amazing.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This is a beautiful spot and deserves a visit. There's a small entry fee but it's worth it. There is a beautiful walk with orchids displayed either side but also a croquet lawn and a large fish-pond. And to cap it all there's a cafe at the back serving English tea and scones!!

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Address: Calle Sitio Litre, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
Phone Number: +34 922 38 24 17
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Canary Islands  >  Tenerife  >  Puerto de la Cruz
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 6:00 am
Monday 9:30 am - 6:00 am
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6:00 am
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6:00 am
Thursday 9:30 am - 6:00 am
Friday 9:30 am - 6:00 am
Saturday 9:30 am - 6:00 am
Average Prices: USD 4 - 4

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