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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 - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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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Nearly 300yr old English Garden. Owned by Brits throughout.

An interesting garden as much for the shrubs and trees as for the orchids. Laid out out nearly 300 yrs ago in 'English style' with croquet lawn, it has retained this quality... read more

Reviewed April 15, 2017
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Playa Blanca, Spain
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had our breakfast in the café in the garden. It's a very beautiful and peaceful garden. Very romantic perfect for lovers. The entry is a bit expensive 4,75 € for none resident and 3,50 € for residents of Canary Islands.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely little garden with a really nice Cafe - we actually just wanted to have breakfast at the cafe but you have to pay to enter the garden. Either way, it was worth it - the garden is small but very pretty and peaceful, and the cafe serves some lovely scones and good coffee.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just the right place to chill out in this quiet, colourful old garden. You can see not only the orchids in their natural type of environment but a lot of other plants and shrubs, including a 600 year old Dragon tree. Read and hear about Agatha Christie, Alexander Von Humboldt and the painter Marianne North. You will see "Nelson" (an... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took a taxi from our hotel to this beautiful English garden. It was only 4 euros and the entrance fee is 4.75 per head. The garden is beautiful with lots of lovely nooks and crannies as well as a birdcage of lovebirds, a pond of coi carp and lots of orchids. There are many other flowers and seats in... More 

Thank Bernie S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic garden ; every where you look there is something different orchids of every size and colour.dragon trees over 600 year's old.the cafe in themiddle of the garden is a gem with a good choice of teas and snacks well worth the journey

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The gardens are small and a place of tranquility and coolness in the heat of the day. The small cafe serves a variety of food and drink including tapas. I had excellent coffee and cake

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Playa de las Americas, Spain
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walked here from seafront hotel, bit of a climb. €4.75 entry. Small garden, 30 to 40mins of peace. Established over 200 years ago, bit of history, agathachristie, Von humbolt. Orchids and other plants. Cafe that I didn't use

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Cambridge, UK
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This garden left me feeling pretty depressed at the state it is in... it looks like there is a bare minimum of maintenance done, and what is done is done badly. e.g. The pergolas are falling apart - and which could be remedied with a few days work from a competent DIYer... The orchids for which is is supposedly famous... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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Reviewed April 17, 2017

A peaceful spot to walk around and enjoy the flowers and plants. It's a nice garden, only partly orchids. It's like a beautiful little park. Fish pond is probably exciting for the children, you can feed them with fish food bought from the ticket booth (0,5 EUR).

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 15, 2017

An interesting garden as much for the shrubs and trees as for the orchids. Laid out out nearly 300 yrs ago in 'English style' with croquet lawn, it has retained this quality. Beautifully tranquil. There is an iguana resident called Nelson (it has lost an arm, like Admiral Nelson did in Battle of Santa Cruz!)

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