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Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre

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Address: Camino Sitio Litre, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
Phone Number: +34 922 38 24 17
9:30 am - 6:00 am
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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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Nice orchid garden with large carp & an iguana

Worth a visit, we enjoyed it. It has a nice English gentleman looking after place and we enjoyed seeing the carp and spotting the iguana.

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Worth a visit, we enjoyed it. It has a nice English gentleman looking after place and we enjoyed seeing the carp and spotting the iguana.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A smallish garden of delights complete with orchids, Dragon tree, fish and a three legged iguana. Welcoming coffee shop. If you happen upon a middle aged gentleman pottering around picking up fallen leaves it is most likely to be the owner who is more than happy to tell you story of the garden. Do not miss this place.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited in January 2016, We felt it was expensive for such a small place. I love Orchids so I was looking forward to the visit. There were ver few Orchids to be seen. There were other plants and the little place has large fish ponds so we fed the fish but the Orchid attraction was over stated.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful orchids in every shape &size .Plus lovely trees & shrubs.There is also a large pond with a large lizard called Nelson.H e likes you to stroke him.At the bottom of the garden is a little tea room which is sweet.Lovely on a hot day.

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Apart from being able to grow orchids outside, the style of this garden is British and originally developed for a British resident. A lovely place to while away an hour (or more if you visit the cafe).

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

These gardens are quite small but are very relaxing. There are a large variety of orchids and ponds with fish and water lilies. It offers a peaceful haven to relax. There is a tea shop however when I visited the tea shop was closed as it was a public holiday so I would recommend checking before visiting the gardens.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

A very nice garden with a lot of history, didn't blow me away but ok and gardens like this need our support

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

We visited the Orchid gardens 9 years ago on our last visit to Puerto, but were a little disappointed this time. It is definitely looking a little tired, the shop was closed and it cost €4.75 for a very short time. Still nice to walk round, but there seemed to be a shortage of orchids this time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

It was a relief to spend some time in the shade, among wonderful plants. Entry ticket is 5,50 euro, for 0,50 euro more you can buy fish food to feed colourful fish in the pond. A lot of orchids and other trees and plants. Well maintained, with benches to relax in a shade and with a cafe to have a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

We stumbled across this, or actually the signpost. The garden itself is near the top of a steep incline - you'll think you've somehow missed it. The grounds are lovely and the historical detail gives it some additional curiosity value. If walking in ornate gardens and admiring orchids is your thing then this is a must! Look out for the... More 

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