The Cottage Bed and Breakfast

295 W. Palmer Mill Road , Monticello, FL 32344 USA (Show map)
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Here at the Cottage, join Famous actors, and Pulitzer and Nobel prize winners in finding the grace of the old, the charm of the new, amid the peaceful green fields and sheltering oaks. Ask about our new Mediterranean Suite! Each room has a queen bed, European decor, sitting area, private bath, cable TV, Wi-Fi, 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 theater to kayaking! Let us make you comfortable! The most elegant dining in the area also available in our gorgeous dining room, Chez Martha, 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, ecotourism, local weddings and parties.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Who would guess...?

5 on October 12, 2017

Who would guess that tucked away, yet within a very easy walking distance from the center of Monticello, Florida, a charming village itself in the depths of Panhandle Florida, is the most charming, romantic inn you will ever have the pleasure of staying in. Its owners, Jean-Michael and Martha, he French and she an old-world Floridian,have created not only an architectural work of Art, but one which embraces you with all the comforts that you can only wish "home" had. In a high-tech world not unalloyed with stress, here is a place where you can repose in the utmost comfort, enjoy gorgeously prepared and served meals, read a book with even real pages to turn, walk into town, take a nap, do a watercolor or wish you could, go kayaking on the Wacissa, or simply contemplate heaven. This is a gem of a place, off the beaten path, but all the better for it, and for you.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you SO much! We're so glad you enjoyed and appreciated what we have tried to bring about! It's gratifying when someone "gets it" and you sure did! It's eve better when they broadcast it and let others know how great our property is! Please return soon and often, as we hope to make you friends as well as guests!

- The Innkeepers (innkeeper)

Last minute getaway

4.8 on August 11, 2017

Inn keepers were very helpful and accommodating. The breakfast was outstanding too! Will be visiting again.

Such a Wonderful Stay

5 on July 24, 2017

From the moment you walk up to the Cottage B&B you get a feeling that this is a home that is truly loved. They have done an amazing job of turning a simple little cottage into an amazing experience. From the walls around the courtyard, to the details in the interior decorating, the artistic flare that Martha and Jean have put into their home is nothing short of incredible. The brilliance of these creative touches are only matched by the warmth of their hospitality. My wife and I could not have felt more relaxed and at home if we were staying with family. From our amazing room, to the local restaurant they recommended, to a five star breakfast the next morning with wonderful company, everything was well beyond my expectations. We will definitely stay here again. Thank you so much, Martha and Jean, for such a wonderful experience. June and John

Excellent hospitality!

5 on June 02, 2017

We stayed in the Romeo and Juliet room and were blown away at how cozy it is! Martha and Jon Michel were incredibly enjoyable to speak with! They are very nice people and know a lot about the area to provide guidance to what is going on!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks SO much! We are so happy you enjoyed it - DO return soon and often to see us - you never know what will have changed or been enhanced!

- Martha Cravanzola (innkeeper)

Great Time

5 on April 28, 2017

We enjoyed our stay very much. Hosts were outstanding. Will definitely be going back.

Love this place!

5 on October 23, 2016

The Cottage is absolutely charming. My husband and I were looking for a quiet romantic weekend away and that's exactly what we got. The place is beautifully decorated. The owners are sweet and accommodating, and the food is phenomenal! We loved our stay and definitely plan on returning one day!

Can't praise it highly enough!

5 on October 03, 2016

My husband and I have enjoyed The Cottage B and B several times and can tell you that we have been treated beautifully every time. A truly European adventure right in little Monticello, FL.

Feels like a stay in Europe

5 on June 20, 2016

The personal architecture, hard work, and detailed design that this couple has put into their B&B is outstanding. Highly recommended for a beautiful stay. They are very friendly, accommodate to your needs, cook great food, and have amazing rooms that will exceed your expectations.

Enjoyable European Stay

4.6 on February 14, 2016

This was a very interesting place, in which they took an ordinary house and extensively remodeled it into a rather unique quaint European villa. The owner, Jean-Michel is an interesting well travelled man. He did most of the art work as well as the Italian architecture and outside courtyard. He also made a wonderful breakfast from scratch consisting of tasty pastries. The Romantic Garden Room The bed seemed a bit small for a Queen and the wicker love seat a bit uncomfortable to watch TV. But the rest of the place was beautiful and romantic. By, 50 State Bucket List

Innkeeper Response
Love to have great reviews like this! The bed is a standard queen, so these guests must be used to king beds. As for the loveseat - ours isn't wicker, so we wonder if maybe they mistook us for another place they stayed? Anyway, we sure hope they return so we can make up for whatever they thought we lacked!

- Martha Cravanzola (innkeeper)

What a blessing in every way! Great value! Must go!

5 on May 15, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed this B & B tremendously! It was so relaxing, serene and beautiful! The food was outstanding for breakfast and dinner! The service was so personal and made us feel special! The bed was comfortable and the room spacious and convenient. Jean Michel and Martha are delightful too! We highly recommend all to visit. you won't be disappointed. We can't wait to go again! Karen & Steven

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Rooms & Rates

Romantic Garden

The gorgeous Romantic Garden room offers recent redecoration, with a sumptuously dressed queen-sized bed, sitting room with large HDTV, private entrance onto the deck, his and hers robes, a mini refrigerator, central heat and air and charm galore!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $145 - $300

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 (no shower), robes, tv room with large UHD tv, central heat and air, and private entrance. A futon in the tv room can accommodate an extra person. Most romantic and serene! IMPORTANT - GUESTS MUST CONSIDER IF THEY'LL FIT COMFORTABLY IN THE TUB.

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

Nightly Rate: $145 - $300

The Mediterranean Suite

The Mediterranean Suite, our brand-new room, is ready to surround you in serenity! Gorgeous classical decor is married with modernity to provide elegance and utility! Beauty and peace are yours. Private climate control, queen bed, walk-in shower in the private bath, a mini-kitchen, even a special computer table are features of the gorgeous suite!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $160 - $375

Check Dates


Location Type

Countryside, Small town


Tallahassee, FL (TLH) approx 40 miles

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, Eco-tourism, 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, University, Vineyard, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

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

Room amenities

Bath robes, Desk, Fridge, Library, Private entrance, 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

Check Dates


  • 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

Resident Pets

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 some Spanish spoken here.

Check Dates



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