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Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre

Camino Sitio Litre, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
+34 922 38 24 17
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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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Camino Sitio Litre, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely history, beautiful specimens, very cosy and not too overwhelming, brilliantly priced. Ate at the cafe and was very happy with the food and the service.

Thank Amerji
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on a steep hill and practically invisible among other fenced houses, resulting in many tourists inability to quickly locate it. Hidden in the hills of town, it is better to get to this gem by taxi, which are surprisingly cheap there. The entrance ticket...More

Thank Otto
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After one failed attempt to locate the orchid gardens (of the Sitio Litre) we stumbled upon it one morning. It was a hot day and the small, but lovely little oasis is just what we needed to pause and contemplate in comparative calm. It was...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like any plant lover you'll only 'appreciate' this garden if you visit at the wrong time, but you'll 'adore' it if everything is out when you visit. For us it was just right.Yes, it's a bit rusty round the edges but so many well established...More

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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

At 4,75€ it was a bit pricey for the size of the garden but there is a cafe and quite a bit of history to learn about the garden and the mansion. The orchids were beautiful but there was also a 600 year old dragon...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

I loved these gardens. Came across them by accident. A haven of tranquillity and calmness. These gardens inspired me to do something with my little garden. Agatha Christie came here once and was inspired to write a book. There is a 600 year old dragon...More

Thank shaz h
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Reviewed 24 April 2018

It takes a hill and some steps to reach the orchid garden, from the main tourist area. Lovely pond with koi carp as you enter. Not a huge place. Was a little disappointed that the orchids, although nice, were all in pots. Expected them to...More

Thank Chrissy309
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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

During our stay, we visited a few gardens. This was the most expensive (just under €5 pp) and by far the smallest. The gardens are nice enough (several potted orchids, carp pond, an impressive draco tree), but, given the choice, you'd be better off visiting...More

Thank Laura H
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Its a really nice garden with lots of orchids. A little bit hidden and not that easy to find and the Entry with 4,75 Euro is a bit strange... and high.

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

The historical splendour, colour and beauty of the mansion and gardens of Sitio Litre are simply breathtaking and a must to visit especially for those of you who enjoy and appreciate the design and creativity of special gardens, of which these are. The colonial style...More

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Response from shirley19402017 | Reviewed this property |
I am so sorry but cannot remember, but my husband and I thought it well worth the visit. Happy holiday
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