Lonely Planet review for Firefly
Set amid wide lawns high atop a hill 5km east of Oracabessa and 5km west of Port Maria, Firefly was the home of Sir Noel Coward, the English playwright, songwriter, actor and wit. When he died in 1973, Coward left the estate to his partner Graham Payn, who gifted it to the nation. Today the house is a museum, looking just as it did on Sunday, February 28, 1965, the day the Queen Mother visited. Your guide will lead you to Coward’s art studio, where he was schooled in oil painting by Winston Churchill. The studio displays Coward’s original paintings and photographs of himself and a coterie of famous friends. The upper lounge features a glassless window that offers one of the most stunning coastal vistas in all Jamaica. The view takes in Port Maria Bay and the coastline further west. Contrary to popular opinion, Coward didn’t write his famous song A Room with a View here (it was written in Hawaii in 1928). His bedroom features his mahogany four-poster bed and closets still stuffed with his Hawaiian shirts and silk PJs. Coward lies buried beneath a plain white marble slab on the wide lawns where he entertained many illustrious stars of stage and screen. A statue of the man gazing out at his favorite view graces the lawn and a stone hut that once served as a lookout for the pirate Henry Morgan is now a gift store, bar and restaurant. Musical and theatrical performances are hosted and a Moonlick party with live jazz band is held on weekends closest to the full moon. Firefly is well signed along three different routes from the A3.