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Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre
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$26.83*
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.
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 convinced that the only way to get get the best from a visit is to stop and give yourself the opportunity to savour the gardens by relaxing in the cafe. Styled like an English tearoom ( I guess the Agatha Christie connection) we were served by a pleasant young lady, Kelly. And although I travel to sample local cuisine I really enjoyed the food. A good cup of tea and a lovely selection of homemade scones and cakes, with all the trimmings, ok not good for the figure but great for the soul. This break gave us the best part of an hour to absorb the atmosphere and notice smaller aspects of our surroundings. All in all a very repeatable experience.

Thank David G
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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 you

Thank maz149
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

A place to sit in peace and quiet amongst lovely flora. You wouldn't believe you were in such a busy area. There is also a small café to enjoy refreshments

Thank jolacruz
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

Its a private huge garden which had been open to the public due to its richness in history. This is were Agatha Christie got some inspiration to write two novels. She used to sit in the garden and write. Very interesting! It was on a 15 mins walk from our hotel.

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Reviewed May 8, 2014

Historical old garden. Good outdoor tearoom. Cost 7 euros. Has a pond. Many different plants. It is a good climb up the hill but reachable from the town.

Thank kaitiScotland
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