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Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre

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Address: Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
Phone Number: +34 922 38 24 17
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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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Peace and Beauty

pond full of Koi Carp which you can feed. Greenery in the centre of Puerto, a good range of plants for around €4.75

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A step into the past glories of old England - but in a delightful tropical setting. Prepare to spend at least an hour - a must for Agatha Christie fans.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

240 year old gardens in the grounds of Sitio Litre (built by a Scot, and still in UK ownership, where some famous guests have come for r&r) A pleasant and varied garden space with 600 year old Draco tree as well as a vast selection of happy flowering orchids. Sweet little cafe has free wifi, much appreciated. Could be better... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

pond full of Koi Carp which you can feed. Greenery in the centre of Puerto, a good range of plants for around €4.75

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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Lovely walled garden with lots to see, from its stunning orchids, scented jasmine walks, pond filled with Koi, old tiles and Marianne North paintings.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

One for real plant lovers. Lots to see. Good design features. Worth the trek up there, or taxi there, walk back. Lots to photograph.

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Uckfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

This was our second visit to these gardens in two years and it is still as nice as it ever was. Quiet and peaceful with a nice cafe and places to sit and meditate. Great fish ponds and great iguana who just sits and appears to watch the tourists!

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Not the easiest garden to find, we used a taxi. A tranquil garden with close connections with the British, including Agatha Christie! The orchard garden element is small but very attractive and interesting. The main garden is very much in the English tradition with dedicated garden 'rooms'. There is a large pond with elegant Koi carp, food for them is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I agree with Helen T about the walk and passing the garden despite the signs. Easy to miss. Take a taxi if you have problems walking. Lovely tranquil historical garden. Not a lot of orchids but maybe different at another time of year. There is a cafe and overall well worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We chose to walk to it up the hill from the promenade and were well and truly puffed by the time we got up there. It's easy to miss if you come up from the bottom, as even though we were following signs, the alley we used was by the side of the garden and we walked passed it before... More 

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Puerto de la Cruz, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I've been to the cafe a few times. Whether for a coffee or a spot of lunch, I've enjoyed the food as well as the setting and friendly staff. I strongly recommend the scones -best ones I've ever had. I've been with friends as well as with family -including young children. And will definitely go again.

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