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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...

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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Calming place with beautiful flowers

Like the headline says, what more do you need from life? There was also a small cafe with a friendly waiter.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Vantaa, Finland

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Puerto de la Cruz, Spain
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful peaceful gardens in the centre of town. 600 year old Dragon Tree. Not just orchids, but specimen trees, flowers, shrubs and a fish pond. Also a bookshop selling books by local authors. At the far end, be sure to stop for tea or just a coffee at Kelly's café. Light lunches and a big smile.

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Vantaa, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Like the headline says, what more do you need from life? There was also a small cafe with a friendly waiter.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not expensive at around 4 euros. Ponds with Koi Carp, orchids, trees, shrubs and plants and a crochet lawn ( not for actual play). Beautiful garden with sweet aromas and wonderful areas to sit and rest a while and maybe have a coffee. Not to be missed if you appreciate being in the moment surrounded by beautiful gardens.

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Porvoo, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You can almost feel Agatha Christie sit and write her splendid works in this garden. Here is many places to sit down and listen to the Quietness and feel the peacefullness that this place gives. After that take a nice cool beer and a pie at the garden cafe and look at THE old three in front of the cafe...... More 

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Bergen County, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is mainly the substantial (but urban, hemmed in by surrounding buildings) private garden of a long-time English landowner in the city of Puerto de la Cruz. It's about 1/2 mile's walk from the city's much larger Jardin Botanico, except on the hottest and sunniest days, when a cab might be more pleasant. They have a small cafe, and attractive... More 

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Cocentaina, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This private garden open to the public is quite small but very atmospheric and quaint. The small cafe is very English, as it is run by the English owners of the house. Ideal for a gentle stroll on a hot afternoon to wile away an hour or so, especially if orchids are your passion.

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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This little garden is hidden away down a sidestreet. Huge pond with large koi carp which you are encouraged to feed having purchased the fish food on site. Charming flowers, plants and of course the display of orchids. Small snack bar with toilets nearby. A pleasant way to spend a few hours.

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Essex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Jardin De Orquideas is great for something to do on an afternoon were you're short of plans. A bit of an uphill walk from the sea front. The gardens themselves were very beautiful and have a variety of plants and trees. The grounds and well kept and toilets are clean. At only 4.50€ it's a no brainer on a sunny... More 

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Malton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Spending a few days in Tenerife invariably draws me back to the beautiful gardens and this garden specialising in Orchids is at the top of my list.Whilst only part of the garden is devoted to orchids, the remainder is equally interesting being devoted to trees and shrubs which grow so well in the warm temperatures all year round.Equally there is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Just a short walk from our hotel this is a very relaxing garden and very well kept too. This was our second visit here and we love it. Plenty of wee seats to sit & soak up the atmosphere.

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