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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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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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A delightful little garden with some beautiful plants and stunning orchids. Ask for some fish food when you go in and feed the monster koi carp. Nice little coffee shop too for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had visited the Jardin botanico in the morning and decided to take a walk down to Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre and found its little enterance at the end of a footpath. Not expecting much and after reading reviews compaired to the batanico. I was wrong i personally think this place is better in its tranquil setting lovely... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying just round the corner so we found it fairly easily, but you could drive by as it is not well sign posted. Almost opposite the bistro/restaurant Edelweiss. In need of a bit of TLC and the Orchids had just been placed there in pots. There is a nice looking seating area for a coffee and cake, but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A delightful little garden with some beautiful plants and stunning orchids. Ask for some fish food when you go in and feed the monster koi carp. Nice little coffee shop too for well deserved refreshments.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Little nice garden with some interesting plants. This is however not the same league as Acclimatisation Botanic Garden. Come here if you are a fan of Agata Christie or Humbolt :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

What a lovely peaceful oasis and would highly recommend if in Puerto de la Cruz. Not very big but this in no way detracts from the appeal-and refreshments are available.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

This excursion is very interesting, visited some great places, if you have a free day, well worth seeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

In my opinion these are well worth a visit and definitely worth the steep up hill climb we did to reach them. Lovely cafe as well. Highly recommended to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

My visit to the Orchid Garden in June was a sheer delight. It is, as they say, "Small, but perfectly formed" the variety of blooms was stunning, in both colour and shape. The pond and surrounding garden is beautifully planted and maintained. The café gave us the opportunity to just sit and enjoy the tranquillity of the Garden. A very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

This was a delightful garden belonging to a manor house which is not open to the public. Entrance is cheap and kids are free. We spent an hour exploring the garden and then had a light meal in the cafe - very satisfactory. The garden contains more than orchids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Hidden away you'll find a maze of connecting gardens waiting for you to explore. It's costs around 4 or 5 euros entry and there is an option to pay less than a Euro to feed the fish (you'll see massive coy all jumping excitedly to be fed!). Whilst small there is alot to see, a 600 year old tree (which... More 

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