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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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9:30 am - 6:00 am
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 am
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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Lovely orchids, nice design and interesting resident lizard!

This is a small but charming garden around an 18th century mansion which you cannot visit because the owners are still in residence. There are lovely nooks and crannies, lots of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a small but charming garden around an 18th century mansion which you cannot visit because the owners are still in residence. There are lovely nooks and crannies, lots of colourful orchids, a water lily pond with tame lizard, various paintings and plaques detailing history and famous visitors. A lovely place to spend a couple of hours.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A bit tucked away but well worth taking the effort to find (from the centre of town it's up the steep hill Camino Sitio Litre off Calle de Valois). The gardens are fairly small but lovely and have an interesting history. It is the oldest garden in Tenerife and past visitors have included Agatha Christie and the explorer Alexander Von... More 

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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Was ok, but have seen better gardens for free. 4.75 euros All looked like it needed a little bit of a tidy up to me

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Orchid Garden is a little bit of English garden magic on the island of Tenerife. Designed by an Englishman in the 1770's it has remained in British hands ever since - hence the croquet lawn. Agatha Christie loved this garden, which inspired her writing. If you're an orchid expert, you may not be that impressed but if you just... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

With an entrance fee higher than for the Botanical Garden that is in close proximity I call this tiny 'Orchid Garden' a 'tourist trap'. The Orchids displayed are simple ones from the flower shop. A Koi pond at the entrance (of course you can spend additional Euros for the fish feeding), another Dragon Tree of several Hundred Years, some artificial... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not far from the centre of Puerto de la Cruz, this garden, also known as the jardin de las orquideas was started by an Englishman called Little - hence the spanish corruption of sitio litre. It is small but beautifully kept and has a fine display of orquids. There is also an iguana on the loose. Agatha Christie stayed there... More 

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Dundalk, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Paid this little gem of a garden a visit during October mid term break 2015. Many famous people from over the centuries have spent time here. The famous botanical painter Marianne North spent time here, and copies of her paintings have been placed around the garden. Although they are small gardens, they are a haven of peace and calm. I... More 

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this garden walking down the hill from La Paz. Not a great display of orchids to be seen, however this small garden is pretty and a very tranquil stop for refreshments and to linger by the small pond and feed the carp. A bonus was the sighting of the large iguana that lives in the garden napping in the... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Slightly confused. There may be a separate place to review the cafe in this garden, which is where i placed a review of the garden. So, to put it correctly, here is my review for the garden: I saw this advertised as a garden with a range of orchids so thought it worth a visit. The entrance was 4 euros... More 

1 Thank C J
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've stayed in Puerto de la Cruz on 3 occasions now, and each time we come this is the first place that we visit. It's truly lovely, an oasis of peace, and very British. You work your way down the terraces to finish at the café at the bottom, and this ends a delightful visit.

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