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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
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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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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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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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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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Puerto de la Cruz, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

On our recent visit to Tenerife we discovered the sitio litre gardens. A very tranquil gardens with fantastic plants and beautiful flowers. As you enter the garden there is a large pond with coy carp and a big iguana named Nelson! The cafe at the bottom is very welcoming ran by two English ladies who were very friendly, we were... More

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

On our most recent visit to Tenerife, we discovered Sitio Litre orchid gardens. It was beautifully set up with a wide range of plants, although some looked like they needed some more water. The cafe at the bottom of the garden was gorgeous too. Run by a lovely english lady they serve tea, cakes, tapas - perfect for lunch! Highly... More

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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My visit was made to a degree under protest, but holidays are a little about compromise. So off we went two couples, mature but not in our dotage, to look at flowers? The entry price was modest in current terms and I was pleasantly surprised that gardens have a few surprises and one particular highlight - the cafe. I am... More

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Absolutely lovely private garden. Bit expensive to get in but you can be in there for as long as you want. Lovely flowers and plants. And a lovely English run café at the bottom of the garden which runs adjasent with the privately English owners. It has a very lot of history to the place that are dotted about showeing... More

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