The Cottage Bed and Breakfast

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


Here at the Cottage, join 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. Shalim liked it so much, he got married here! 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 Jean, 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, the Watermelon Festival, local weddings and parties.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

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!

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

Wonderful Hosts

5 on May 03, 2015

I have not had the pleasure of staying at The Cottage Bed and Breakfast as an overnight guest, but am looking forward to it in the future. Martha and Jean Michel were gracious enough to prepare a private dinner for 4 to celebrate our daughter's college graduation last night. Jean Michel charmed us with his stories and Martha served us the most impeccable meal. Both the Salmon and the Chicken melted in our mouths, each was served with exotic Forbidden Rice, as well as fresh baked bread. To top off the meal was delicious homemade lavender ice cream. It was without a doubt the best meal I have ever had. Thank you Martha and Jean Michel for your hospitality. I look forward to visiting soon. Katie M.

Wonderful Bridal Luncheon

5 on April 22, 2015

I wanted a vintage environment for this luncheon and The Cottage provided it. The unique details were everywhere. The food was gourmet and reasonable, the crystal and China beautiful. Frenchy and Martha are warm and gracious and more than happy to show guests around this quaint B&B tucked into a quiet street of historic Monticello. It is amazing what they have created. All my guests were entranced.

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"!

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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

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, 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 - $300

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

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