VISIT TO THE HOUSE CALLED 'FIREFLY' BY NOEL COWARD, THE ENGLISH SONGWRITER, PLAYWRIGHT AND ACTOR
Lovely place, fantastic views over the bay. Statue of Noel Coward is placed on the hillside overlooking the sea and mountains.
We have the contact number of a nice taxi driver, called Desmond. He quoted us a price to drive from Dunn's River, Ocho Rios, to see Firefly and also to call at Harmony Hall art gallery.
It is so nice to get away from the hotel complex, although it is pleasant enough with friendly staff. However, you are in a kind of false environment with all your needs - or almost all (no newspapers, no book library, no UK TV ) catered for. However, at Firefly what struck me at first was the wonderful quiet - no piped music!
Desmond, an excellent driver, took us to Firefly, up a terrible rutted and holed track. Potholes big enough to swallow a small goat, I think!
The hillside gives stupendous views over St Marie bay, and the air is full of the scent of herbs, like wild thyme.
There is a small stone built house with gun slits which was a relic of when Henry Morgan the pirate had his base there.
Inside the house you can visit the small kitchen and dining room, the main room with two baby-grand pianos, and upstairs to the terrace and bedroom, where Noel Coward died. The views from the house are stupendous.
The complex is now used for weddings, apparently, especially the pirate's house!