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Jay was born in Beccles, England in 1969, her parents were talented Ballroom dancers and were eager to pass down the dancing bug.
Dancing became a way of life and Jay began to win roles in shows such as The Nutcracker, Annie, Cats to name a few. Jay’s all round dancing talents were noticed by teachers and the community, so dancing and Ballet became her direction and future.
While Jay was at The Arts Educational boarding school in Hertfordshire, England, she was chosen to tour with the Festival Ballet Company for 3 weeks, enjoying cities all across the country. After Ballet Collage in London Jay started to Travel the world dancing in Japan, Italy, Russia, France and many other countries.
Then at the age of 21, she was accepted to be the lead dancer on board one of Holland America Line Cruise Ships. This bringing her to The United States.
In 2000, Jay and her family moved to Key West, Florida, where they purchased our baby hotel, The Heron House Court, which Jay Managed for 4 years and learned a lot of tricks of the trade. It was an experience in management and organization.
Jay is happy to follow in her father’s footsteps! “I am thrilled to be part of our family’s future. The Heron House and Heron House Court are my children and it is a pleasure watching them bloom,” says Jay.
Roy and Christina Howard are proud owners of the Heron House and Heron House Court Guesthouse’s. Roy, a business man from Norwich, England, began his solo career in the motor trade and progressively began growing his business to rental properties on the quaint east coast of England.
With a stable and successful business in the UK, Roy and Christina moved to Mallorca, Spain and enjoyed 5 glorious years living on the Island, before making the big move across the pond to Ft. Myers, Florida, where they lived for 8 years.
In 1999 Roy and Christina ventured down to Key West after their daughter told them what a beautiful place it is to visit. Roy saw the great potential in the Hotels and Guesthouses in Key West and soon after the family bought their first Guesthouse, they named it Fleur de Key. In 2005 they had the opportunity to purchase the Heron House.
The Heron House was a well-established and known hotel in the Keys and so we renamed our small hotel, The Heron House Court.
These days Roy and Christina enjoy living part time in Key West and the other cruising the world.
‘I am very proud of my hotels and family. And enjoy talking to our colorful and interesting guests daily,” says Roy.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Trent began his career at The Heron House as a staff member in 2011. In 2016 he was promoted to General Manager. Trent is a graduate of Michigan State, with a degree in Psychology. He has lived in Texas and Kentucky. As a longtime Heron House employee, he brings a history of superb customer service skills and a reputation of great leadership to his position.
A tucked away gem. Harmonious, relaxing, well maintained, art is blended in with the interior decorating. walking distance to the noiser attractions but peaceful once inside the gates. I don't want to leave
Couldn't be more pleased with our overall experience at the Heron House! I'm so glad we stayed here. Location was perfect! An easy walk to Duval Street, but far enough away to relax in peace and quiet. Everything was beautiful, the courtyard, the pool, the private porches, the rooms...all of it! We had two rooms, both were unique in their own way, and clean! Will definitely stay here again.
Loved it! My cab dropped me off at Heron House when I had booked at Heron House Court. The front desk was amazing and quickly changed my reservation and had me in a room in 5 minutes with no issues. The place is well maintained and very comfortable. So much so, I wish I had been able to move in and stay there. I did not stay long enough to enjoy the breakfast.
Great service, atmosphere and rooms. Breakfast excellent every A.M. even on Christmas. Wish I knew what coffee they served as it was the best.
What a cozy, comfortable quaint place within 10 minute walk of Duval St! It was nice to come back and take a mid afternoon nap before heading back out at night. Very comfortable bed.