Noel Coward, the multi-talented British playwright, actor, songwriter raconteur, first visited Jamaica in 1944 on a two week holiday. The and peace of mind he found in Jamaica caused him to refer to it as his "dream island" and he vowed to return one day. Four years later he rented fellow author Ian Fleming’s estate, Goldeneye, located on the north shore of Jamaica. During a six-week stay at Goldeneye Coward purchased eight shoreline acres commanded a fine view of the sea. Inspired by the view of the surrounding Caribbean, Coward named his sanctuary ‘Blue Harbour‘.

Due to his popularity he was frequently visited by the gliterati of the age (1950s and 60s), including Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother. For a retreat, he purchased another beautiful tract of land located on a lush hillside one thousand feet above Blue Harbour and named it ‘Firefly‘. He divided his time between the bustling social life at Blue Harbour and the peaceful solitude of Firefly, where he would write and paint and enjoy his "room with a view.



After all those delightful years in Jamaica, Noel Coward died there on March 26, 1973 and was buried at his beloved Firefly.
His grave overlooks Blue Harbour and his memory lives on

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Firefly--Noel Coward's 'upper' house until his death in 1973
Firefly--Noel Coward's 'upper' house until his death in 1973...
View of Jamaica's north shore from Firefly
View of Jamaica's north shore from Firefly...
Statue of Noel Coward (d.1973) in front of his beloved
Statue of Noel Coward (d.1973) in front of his beloved Firef...
View from Coward's house
View from Coward's house...
Sculpture detail of Noel Coward
Sculpture detail of Noel Coward...
Painting by Noel Coward (tutored by Winston Churchill)
Painting by Noel Coward (tutored by Winston Churchill)...
Photos of Noel Coward inside Firefly house
Photos of Noel Coward inside Firefly house...
Dual grand pianos in Firefly living room; many famous celebreties
Dual grand pianos in Firefly living room; many famous celebr...
Noel Coward's desk and typewriter
Noel Coward's desk and typewriter...
Bathroom towels at Firelfy
Bathroom towels at Firelfy...
Noel Coward's shirts still hanging in closet
Noel Coward's shirts still hanging in closet...
One of Noel Coward's bedrooms
One of Noel Coward's bedrooms...
Painting of his lover Graham Payne by Noel Coward
Painting of his lover Graham Payne by Noel Coward...
Grave of Noel Coward at Firefly
Grave of Noel Coward at Firefly...
Exterior of Firefly
Exterior of Firefly...
View from gift shop at Firefly
View from gift shop at Firefly...
Swirling waters of Blue Harbour below Noel Coward's house
Swirling waters of Blue Harbour below Noel Coward's house...
View of 'Blue Harbour' - Coward's first house in Jamaica;
View of 'Blue Harbour' - Coward's first house in Jamaica; la...
View from Blue Harbour House
View from Blue Harbour House...
Guest cottage at Blue Harbour House
Guest cottage at Blue Harbour House...
Guest cottage at Blue Harbour House
Guest cottage at Blue Harbour House...
Blue Harbour House
Blue Harbour House...
Guest cottage and Blue Harbour House B&B
Guest cottage and Blue Harbour House B&B...
One of the bathrooms at Blue Harbour House
One of the bathrooms at Blue Harbour House...
Painting by Noel Coward
Painting by Noel Coward...
Swimming pool by the sea at Blue Harbour House
Swimming pool by the sea at Blue Harbour House...
Photos of famous visitors at Blue Harbour House
Photos of famous visitors at Blue Harbour House...
Living room at Blue Harbour House
Living room at Blue Harbour House...
Meanwhile, down the road a piece...local store
Meanwhile, down the road a piece...local store...
One of Jamaica's largest banana plantations
One of Jamaica's largest banana plantations...
Banana palms
Banana palms...
Local transportation on Sunday
Local transportation on Sunday...
Local transporation any day of the week
Local transporation any day of the week...