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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
09:30 - 17:30
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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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Beautiful gardens.

Tucked away but well worth the visit. Lots to look at and very peaceful. Nice spot to enjoy a coffee. Can buy fish food for 50 cents for Koi.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tucked away but well worth the visit. Lots to look at and very peaceful. Nice spot to enjoy a coffee. Can buy fish food for 50 cents for Koi.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A small British owned garden with lots of well known visitors, Agatha Christie, Oscar Wilde's father and Marriane North (Kew Gardens). Had my best ever cup of tea when travelling abroad and enjoyed a scrumptious cheese scone. The garden was lovely and there were some beautiful orchids. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Bit of an uphill trek but worth the walk. The garden is small but has an interesting history. We had a pleasant wander around and had a cream tea in the Cafe area. Best cup of tea on the island. Spray cream and packaged jam was a bit disappointing on the scone. Cheese scone was yummy. The orchids were well... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful quiet area just away from the seafront. Worth a visit if only to meet the fish food eating Cat! Amazing smells and colours, vines and trees providing the natural protection from the rain. 4.75 euros to get in then 50c to feed the Koi Carp.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This garden in full of beauty and history. Time is still and there is lots to see. Little cafe is welcome. Lots of artists have visited , including Marie Ann North of Kew Garden fame. Lady at the shop was dressed in local clothing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely garden, "orchid garden" is a bit of a misnomer - there are orchids but there are lots of other things to see plus there is a really nice cafe at the bottom of the garden.f

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fairly typical town park with some nice vegetation and the significant feature and benefit of being almost entirely level in this steep hillside town. Mainly for local dog walkers, joggers and fitness enthusiasts, the latter whom might enjoy the outdoor gym equipment.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice, well-kept garden with a few interesting plants but it isn't very big and doesn't take long to look around. I didn't spot the iguana and I'm not paying to feed their fish!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved walking in the garden, looking at the beautiful orchids. The café had a nice selection of cakes and sandwiches. Suttle classical music playing in the background. A Cage with lovebirds were in nead of a good clean.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This private park is the oldest in Puerto de la Crus, founded (I think) around 1780-90. It is absolutely lovely. If I am allowed to daydream a little, this would be the perfect place for a garden party, or why not a masquerade in the night. Visit it, and get a glimpse of a world now long gone!!!

Thank Jan K

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