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Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre

Address: Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
Phone Number: +34 922 38 24 17
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The mansion was built in 1730 and it seems was originally the headquarters and wine cellars of a...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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Mon 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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Bude, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Loved the calm and tranquility in this garden where many famous people have enjoyed visiting. The orchids and other plants were cleverly presented and the cafe was good too! An oasis in the midst of this busy town.

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Essex
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50 attraction reviews
479 helpful votes 479 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This is a delightful spot in the midst of the town's residential area. It is promoted as the 'Orchid Gardens' but orchids are a small part of what there is to see. It started in the 18th century when exporting wine to Britain was far and away the most important factor in the local economy. In about 1730, a Scotsman,... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

A very attractive and relaxing place to visit. It is located in a side street up the hill from the centre of Porto de la Cruz. The staff were very helpful and friendly. It was not large but his added to the intamacy. Just very nice, thank you.

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Eastbourne
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Tucked away off a main road leading into Puerto de la Cruz, is this hidden garden. It is small but if you have an hour to spare it is worth a wander around. Not all orchids, as I had expected, but garden is divided into little rooms each with their own theme. Very tranquil. Small cafe to stop for refreshment... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

In all truth the collection of orchids actually reminded me of the display at our local Wyevale Garden Centre but that's being a bit unkind. The gardens cover quite a small area which is a bit of a tranquil oasis in the town centre. There are interesting historical connections with Alexander von Humboldt (of penguin fame) and Agatha Christie who... More 

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Grani, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The small orchid garden is a must everytime I visit Puerto de la Cruz. Lots of different orchids and other flowers to take photos of. Nice small cafeteria.

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Lohja, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This place is a quiet and peaceful haven. Because of the rather high entrance fee (4.75 EUR) I recommend to reserve plenty of time to stay here and enjoy the atmosphere. The proportion of orchids here is modest, verdancy and the atmosphere is the main issue here. Because of the misleading name and rather high entrance fee I give only... More 

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Aberdare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Steep climb from seafront but worth it. Quaint. Very peaceful. Nice place to take a book and spend a few hours.

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