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Jardin de Orquideas de Sitio Litre
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US$26.36*
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Puerto de la Cruz City Tour with Transfers
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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 15 June 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 8 May 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.

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Reviewed 11 April 2014

When laid out in the 18th century this place must have been really isolated. Now, you need to seek it out in Puerto's suburbia. Well worth doing and knocks spots off the Botanic Gardens. It has character, colour, the same amount history and a delightful terrace cafe run by an English lady who knows how to make a proper iced coffee. 4.75 euro admission charge is very reasonable.

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Reviewed 9 April 2014

This green garden full of flowers already visited by Von Humboldt and Agatha Christi in the past is certainly worth a visit. In the back of the garden you find a small restaurant with terrace where you can drink a good cup of tea in a charming surrounding.

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Reviewed 8 April 2014

A lovely spot in Puerto de la Cruz. Well worth the visit & close to the Botanical Gardens too. The orchids are stunning but are all situated on the left had side as you go in so don't miss them!
Nice tea room situated in front of the old 18th century house where Agatha Christie spent a lot of time

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