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The Cottage Bed and Breakfast

295 W. Palmer Mill Road , Monticello, FL 32344 USA (Show map)
27 Reviews
$125 - $250
per night

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Here at the Cottage, join folks like actors Kirstie Alley and Shalim Ortiz in finding the grace of the old, the charm of the new, amid the peaceful green fields and sheltering oaks. Shalim liked it so much, he got married here! Each room has a queen bed, european decor, sitting area, private bath, cable tv, comfy robes, central heat/air and charm to spare! Enjoy our relaxed romantic atmosphere, and nearby sights and activities, from golf, hunting or fishing, to antiquing to dog racing and poker, to theater to kayaking! Soak away your cares in our garden JACUZZI. Let us make you comfortable! The most elegant dining in the area also available in our gorgeous dining room, by ADVANCE reservation ONLY! Guests have said our cuisine is better than Emeril's! If you don't see availability - CALL ANYWAY, we don't put all our inventory on online booking. Call Martha and Jean Michel 1-866-342-3541. Upcoming events: shows at the Opera House; FSU events, local weddings and parties.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Dining4.9

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Old World Charm

5 on May 31, 2014

I am so glad we stayed with Martha and Jean Michel. The experience is very unique because of all the special details. The design and lavish artistic elements of the cottage have been created by Jean Michel (a charming french-man) and are fun to notice and admire. We enjoyed swinging in the courtyard while listening to the fountain and birds. The backyard garden is cool and filled with unexpected surprises. Martha made delicious home made bread for us. We also had a special dinner with the best salmon I have ever tasted. We loved Martha and Jean Michel because of their kindness and hospitality.

A wonderful Valentine's Day

5 on February 15, 2014

Martha and Jean-Michel -- As first-timers visiting your wonderful home, business, restaurant last night, I wanted to say "Thank You" on behalf of our happy group of friends. What a refreshing pleasure and contrast it was to come and visit you -- and avoid the crowds of over-booked turn-the-tables-quickly Tallahassee restaurants. It was such a lovely and relaxing evening…….beautiful setting……terrific service and special attention…..gourmet-level customized meal…..fine spirits……..awesome dessert……and, we were just so happily wowed. We know that we'll always remember our 'first time' with you --- but it will be just that…..only the first time. We expect to be back -- regularly……. Thank you for your new friendship and your wonderful treatment of us all for a unique and memorable Valentine's Day…. Cheers -- and know that we will selectively spread the word…. all our best, Ron

Took wife for Birthday dinner

5 on February 03, 2014

I took my wife to the Cottage B&B for a special Birthday dinner. Martha and Jean-Michel, the charming innkeepers, gave us a very delightful and memorable dining experience. We started off with a wonderful salad and homemade rosemary bread. We progressed to a fabulous jerk-maple salmon with an extraordinary side of brandy cream rice and asparagus, tinged with a light tangerine sauce. "Super delicious"! We ended the evening with a luscious mint chocolate cake. The evening couldn't have been more perfect. Thank you for making my wife's Birthday extra special. "Cheers"!

Thank you!

5 on November 16, 2013

Dear Martha and Jean M. - We just wanted to thank you for a lovely stay. We enjoyed everything, your special home, the delicious food, but mostly your words of wisdom. Thanks again and see you soon. Many blessings. Andrew and Claudia

Lovely dinner with friends

5 on February 25, 2013

What an unexpected pleasure to have dinner at The Cottage for a belated Valentine's Dinner. The sauce on the shrimp was incredible, the sweet potatoe soufflé was perfect - not too sweet. Coupled with a salad and wonderful wine the dinner was divine. Then Martha's signature chocolate cake was a perfect end to a perfect night. Great friends, great food in a lovely spot! Kudos to Martha and Jean Michael. We plan to come back! Best, D Rich

A local treat

5 on February 17, 2013

We had an absolutely wonderful home cooked meal. We were fortunate that Martha and John Michael were able to spend time chatting with us at night and in the morning, when they prepared us a light delicious breakfast before we took the "long" trek back to Tallahassee and reality. We were very, very pleasantly surprised at this gem in Monticello, nay in the entire big bend region. If you are looking for a unique B&B that has reasonable prices, two owners that treat you like family and a charming decor then check this place out.

Took my girlfriend for Valentine's Day

4.8 on February 17, 2013

Martha and Jean-Michel at the Cottage B&B helped provide the absolute best Valentine's Day experience both my girlfriend and I have ever had. The hosts were continuously exceptionally warm, friendly, accomodating, and equally charming. I decided to have the optional thai shrimp dinner beforehand and it was outstanding. Also, the hosts were kind enough to add a Valentine's Day touch to the dinner and bedroom. The Romeo & Juliet room, in which we stayed, was very clean, comfortable, and aesthetically romantic. If my girlfriend and I decide to do another B&B in Monticello we will surely decide to re-live another exceptionally enjoyable experience at the Cottage.

Outstanding & Beautiful

5 on December 18, 2012

Hi Martha & Jean Michael. Thanks for the pictures. Just wanted to take a minute to compliment you on your beautiful home. This was our first B&B stay and it will not be our last. You both were very pleasant and great cooks. The morning talks over coffee were very nice, you made our Thanksgiving weekend awesome. Jean Michael & his handy work is seen throughout the entire place. The man can do anything & the details are just unreal. I do hope to visit again. Hope you both have a Very Merry Christmas!

Thanks SO much!

5 on November 12, 2012

Hi Martha and Jean Michel, We wanted to thank both of you for a wonderful stay at your house. I know we were only there late in the evenings and early mornings, but your house was so comfortable!! Your room was very comfortable and clean. Your breakfasts were awesome and it was so nice to be able to talk with both of you. You are 2 wonderful people who care deeply about your customers (friends). You treated us like family and we appreciate it. My son needed that friendly environment so he could focus on staying relaxed and to be able to perform his best with the Florida State professor. Thanks again for sharing your home and I will definitely spread the word to others as well. Happy Holidays and hope to see you both again in the future. Paul and David M

A Great time...

4.6 on August 10, 2012

My husband and I had such a wonderful time staying and visiting with Martha and Jean Michael. They are special people. All I have done is talk about them and their beautiful home, and wonderful cooking. I sure wish I could get the “gang” together for a get-away next month, but unfortunately won’t be able to come back that soon. Looking forward to another visit in the future, though. This is a "Thank you" for their wonderful hospitality!

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Rooms & Rates

Romantic Garden

A gorgeous room with a view of our garden from its private sitting area, the Romantic Garden room offers a queen-sized bed, private entrance onto the deck, closer proximity to the garden jacuzzi,his and hers robes, a mini refrigerator, central heat and air and charm galore!

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $145 - $250

Nightly Rate: $145 - $250

Romeo and Juliet

READ ALL BEFORE BOOKING! This luxurious room has all the amenities - rich European decor, sumptuous linens, mini-frig, cable tv, private bath with claw-foot tub, robes, sitting area, central heat and air, overlooking our side garden. Most romantic and serene! URGENT-GUESTS MUST CONSIDER IF THEY'LL FIT COMFORTABLY IN THE TUB.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $135 - $250

Nightly Rate: $135 - $250

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Location Type

Countryside, Small town


Tallahassee, FL (TLH)

Directions to property:

From I-10, take exit 225 which is US 19. Follow the signs to Monticello (always turn away from the service stations off the freeway). As you come up the hill toward the courthouse, you'll pass the Badcock Furniture Store; take the next left. Go through one stop sign and we are the 2nd house in on the left.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens, Monticello Opera House, Plantations, Near to FSU, Jefferson Kennel Club, Pebble Hill, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Alarm clock, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Iron / Ironing Board, Bicycling / Jogging Trails, Accessible without stairs, Mini-fridge in room, Massage avail., Outside entrance to Romantic Garden Rm

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Bath robes, CD player, Desk, Fridge, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Special events, Fitness Center / Gym , Diving / Snorkeling, Other Activities - 10 minutes, Wild Adventure Theme Park-75 min, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am SHARP
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No Not suitable for kids 2-6; ONLY 2 guests/room, exc in RG
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required All pets must be crated and remain crated during stay
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Special event and holiday weekends are subject to minimum stay requirements.
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Deposit required--one night for weekday stay, two nights for weekends. Special deals, discount deals and special events require entire-stay deposit. Checks will be cashed and cards will be charged!
  • Cancellations: Cancellations or modifications must occur AT LEAST 30 DAYS prior to the reservation or the entire deposit will be forfeited unless the room is re-booked. Within 30 days of arrival, the entire stay is non-refundable unless we can re-book the room. Any discount price makes the entire stay non-refundable from booking. Late arrival (after 7 pm) is available upon prior notice. There is a $25.00 cancellation charge for accepted cancellations.



Martha, Jean Michel

Languages spoken

English, French, Spanish

About the innkeepers

We offer unique decor with a European flavor in a most relaxing and beautiful atmosphere. Surround yourself in another world and let us make you comfortable! French, English and Spanish spoken here.

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continental weekdays; full on weekends

  • Time Served: usually 9 am; flexible
  • Serving Location: elegant fountain patio, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options


Signature Dish

Puffed Apple Pancake
Weekend mornings a full breakfast is served, such as puffed apple pancake or special house omelette, usually with fresh fruit or yogurt first course. Weekday mornings we provide simpler fare, such as homemade muffins, biscuits,croissants or apple turnovers. Dinner is avail. onsite by ADVANCE reservation ONLY; menu selected by the guest with our help, meal includes salad through dessert; prices begin at $29 pp NOT including tax or tip. Lunch may be served also, by ADVANCE reservation ONLY - min of 4, begins at $25 pp


Hot Deal

Stay Where the Stars Stay Getaway

Regular Rate: $290 now $232 (20% Savings:)

Stay in the room of stars and nobel prize winners - people like Kirstie Alley and Shalim Ortiz! Shalim liked it so much, he got married here! Any Sunday-Thursday in January or February. NOT valid for ANY holiday week or special event week (subject to availability) cannot be booked online, must be booked directly and mentioned in the email or call.

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295 W. Palmer Mill Road , Monticello, FL 32344 USA (Show map)

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