What people are saying about Nid’ Oiseau


Hi Don - Heres a photo we took durring breakfast at the Nid’ Oiseau... Absolutely LOVED our stay - great smoothies! See you in March.

Merci Donald... c’était super! Vraiment comme a la Maison.... see you in June.

Hey Don - Here are some photos from our trip! Thanks so much for being our tour guide. The kids had a blast and we have the photo with them and the stormtrooper blown up and hung on the wall... everyone keeps asking us «where was that taken?».

Anyways thanks again, we really had a wonderful time thanks to you : )

Juste pour te dire que nous sommes bien rentrées à Paris et que nous avons passé un très chouette week-end, en grande partie grâce à toi. 

Abbiamo dormito a Nid'Oiseau. E' stata una scelta di Mr B. Una casa meravigliosa, luminosa ed unica. Se potessi scegliere la vorrei proprio così anzi la cerchiamo proprio così ed è il motivo per cui non la troviamo.

Diversa dal nostro gusto ci è piaciuta invece tanto. Forse proprio perchè così diversa. Il proprietario, Donald, è un ragazzo di Boston che per amore si è trasferito a Montpellier qualche anno fa. Poi l'amore è rientrato a Boston e lui invece è rimasto a vivere li.  L'ospitalità alcune persone ce l'hanno nel Dna. Ci ha offerto una birra e siamo rimasti a parlare un po' in inglese un po' in francese per più di un'ora. 

Questo è il posto dove vive e dove abbiamo dormito!

-Alices Adventures in Wonderland


Hey Don - here’s the photo Marie took of you and Bob! I also sent you some photos I found on the internet... looks like Bob’s been getting around !

Hey Don - here’s a photo of Julie and I in Portugal. Thanks for the hospitality it really was a nice break durring our trip... and thanks for the addresses in Lagos - we had a blast.

Hello Monsieur Legere - from Brazil with love : )  - François et Marcelo

Bed and Breakfasts are becoming more and more popular because todays tourists want more than just a Hotel Room. Bed and breakfasts provide the traveler with all of the basic needs but Bed and Breakfasts also go one step further where most hotels do not. Bed and breakasts go out of their way to make the traveler feel at home and often add small touches such as flowers in the room, or candles and room sprays. With Bed and Breakfast, the traveler is allowed to actually feel part of the comunity even if just for a small period.... Boston GLOBE 2010

Top Ten Myths about Bed and Breakfasts
By Elizabeth Arneson, About.com Guide

One of the best things about staying at B&Bs is that each one is unique. But almost all of today's B&Bs have on thing in common: They're run by professional, competent innkeepers.

Nonetheless, some outdated myths about bed and breakfasts persist. These myths have their roots in the days before most travelers even knew what a bed and breakfast was. Today, with rare exceptions, they are simply myths. As with hotels, there are good B&Bs and bad B&Bs. With a little research you should be able to find one that fits your preferences.

Here are my picks for the top myths about bed and breakfasts.

1. There is no privacy in a Bed and Breakfast.

The vast majority of inns, and all of the good ones, have plenty of privacy. Your room should be quiet and free from interruption. You won't be forced to interact with other guests, nor will you have to sit down with the innkeeper and look at old family photos. At a small inn, you may be able to go through your entire stay without ever seeing any other guests -- try that at a hotel! Innkeepers tend to be very concerned with their guests' privacy and do everything they can to respect it.

2. The innkeepers are hiding.

This is almost the opposite of myth #1. Some guests are concerned if they don't see the innkeepers when they return from dinner, or sometimes even at check-in. (Some inns leave a key in a pre-arranged spot to facilitate a late check-in.) In most cases, the innkeepers live in the same building that guests are staying in, so they're never too far away. They're probably just trying to respect your privacy while staying at the Bed and Breakfast.

3. You'll sit with strangers at breakfast and have to make small talk.

It is true that sometimes breakfast is served at one or two large tables, so guests who don't know each other may sit together. But in all the times that my husband and I have stayed at B&Bs, this has never been a real problem. Most people don't try to force conversation when it becomes apparent that you'd rather enjoy a quiet meal. If it does become a problem, you can talk to the innkeeper about it and time your future breakfasts so that you'll almost sure to be alone.

4. B&Bs have staff and a front desk clerk on duty 24/7.

In most cases, particularly with inns of less than 10 rooms, the innkeeper / owner is the only person (or couple) working at the inn. Sometimes, they might have a maid help with room preparation in the morning, but by and large that person is handling everything. This means that you should arrive on time, or at least call if that's not going to be possible. Innkeepers often plan their day (including shopping for your breakfast foods) around guests' arrival times.

5. Innkeeping is a hobby.

Most innkeepers couldn't make a living just by running their B&B, but that doesn't make it a hobby. It is a serious business with many facets.

6. Breakfast is simple to make, and innkeepers can just whip something up.

Most B&Bs plan breakfasts days or even weeks in advance, so you need to let them know ahead of time if you have any special dietary needs or restrictions. Going back to myth #5, the innkeeper is often also the cook, the waiter and the dishwasher. The best breakfasts I've ever eaten have been at B&Bs, and that didn't happen by accident.

7. B&Bs are very expensive.

Not necessarily. There are some expensive B&Bs, but there are also some very affordable ones. It depends on the inn's location, amenities, and other factors. But if you've avoided looking at B&Bs as an option because of the cost, think again. In New York City, for example, high-quality B&Bs are very competitive with hotel prices. In areas less often visited by tourists, B&Bs can be an amazing bargain.

8. Business travelers can't stay at B&Bs.

Many B&Bs have all the amenities important to business travelers, and many will offer a discount for an extended stay. This might have been true 10 or 15 years ago, and is still true to some extent – but many B&Bs now cater to corporate travelers.

9. Innkeepers are rich.

If they are, it's not because they're innkeepers. Although they might own beautiful homes which have been restored and immaculately decorated, most innkeepers don't even make all their income at the inn. If a B&B has less than 10 rooms, the chances are very good that the innkeeper, the innkeeper's spouse (or both) has outside income.

10. There will be strange rules and a curfew.

I've never stayed anywhere that had what I would call "strange" rules. And no B&B has ever had a curfew. Innkeepers will sometimes ask you to be quiet if you come back to the inn late, out of respect for other guests. Make sure you read all of an inn's policies on their web site before making a reservation and you should never be staying at a B&B with truly strange rules. Innkeepers are not control freaks -- they want you to have a great time, and they want you to come back.


Bed and Breakfast European History

A bed and breakfast is generally known as a private home where a guest is provided a place to stay for the night. In some cases, the bathroom provided for the guest is shared with the family or another guest -- although the majority of guests now expect (or demand) a private bathroom (usually en suite, or "in the room"). Breakfast is usually included with the price of the room.

A bed and breakfast provided in a private home is sometimes referred to as a homestay.

In addition to converted private residences, some establishments are considered bed and breakfast inns. The same concepts of "room and breakfast" apply. The major difference is that an inn has more rooms available than the usual one to four found in a private home. Inns often provide meals in addition to breakfast, as well as other services not always provided in a private home.

These two terms are used in the industry to distinguish the difference between a stay in a private home and an inn. But remember, no two homes or inns are alike. They vary even within the same geographic area. These differences are part of what attracts people to stay at a B&B home or inn and are a significant part of their popularity. Each one has its own personality.

Generally, a B&B is not the reason for a guest to visit an area, but in some cases B&Bs have done such a masterful marketing job that this has changed. People read articles in a variety of publications and sometimes are attracted by a bed and breakfast and plan to visit the area specifically to stay at that B&B.

Travelers usually are attracted by recreational, cultural or historic sites, or by business they have in a particular area. Business travelers, especially women, sometimes seek out bed and breakfast accommodations as an alternative to the typical lodge, motel or hotel facility available in an area. B&Bs provide the traveler with a different lodging experience as well as what many consider a safer environment.

A Brief History of Bed and Breakfasts

The bed and breakfast concept has existed in one form or another since the beginning of man. Monasteries served as bed and breakfasts for travelers, and in some cases still do.

Bed and breakfasts have been very popular with the traveling public in Europe for years. It was in England, Scotland and Ireland that the term "B&B" first came into use. Tourists will see B&B signs in many windows there. The term "bed and breakfast" is not used in many other countries. Terms such as paradors, pensions, gasthaus, minskukus, shukukos and pousados are used to describe what Americans and English-speaking Europeans think of as a bed and breakfast.

The United States also has a history of bed and breakfasts dating back to the time of early settlers. As the pioneers traveled the trails and roads across this county, they sought a safe refuge in homes, inns and taverns. In fact, some of those historic accommodations now serve as B&Bs.

During the Great Depression, many people opened their homes to travelers to bring in some additional money for the family. The term "boarding house" was used at this time. After the Depression, this type of lodging declined and many people had the idea they were just for low-income travelers or drifters. In the early fifties, people may remember the term "tourist home" being used. This too was essentially a form of bed and breakfast. Once motels were built on the new highways, they were soon forgotten.

In large part because of the number of Americans traveling to Europe in recent years and rediscovering B&Bs, there has been an exponential increase in interest in the U.S. Today, the B&B is not viewed as a low-cost lodging facility but as an attractive alternative to the typical standard chain hotel or motel room. Today, some bed and breakfasts offer amenities not unlike those found at the most upscale hotels in the world.


Bonsoir Donald,


Avec beaucoup de retard, nous voulions vous remercier pour votre accueil, la grande confiance et la liberté que vous accordez à vos hôtes et votre immense gentillesse. Vous aimez la vie et être chez vous, c'est un peu comme goûter au paradis.

Une expression française dit "Tant de bonté vous perdra", dans votre cas, je dirai plutôt que tant de bonté vous assure le bonheur tout au long de votre vie.

Nous ne savons pas si nous reviendrons à Montpellier, mais nous ne manquerons pas de recommander votre maison.

Je joins une photo souvenir de chez vous, Laurent va faire des envieux parmi ses amis.

Avec tous nos remerciements,


Isabel et Laurent

Photos on this site taken by Amazing Mary :



J'ai un peu tardé mais le séjour a été tellement agréable que je tiens à vous faire part de ma satisfaction, libre à vous de le mettre sur votre site.

Votre chambre d'hôte est à recommander absolument à tous ceux qui passent sur Montpellier. Idéalement située, nous y avons été accueillis comme chez un ami. Notre hôte s'est montré accueillant, disponible, prévenant et adorable. Nous y avons passé un séjour très très agréable, dans une chambre accueillante, confortable et chaleureuse. L'appartement est très chouette, avec une véritable atmosphère. La décoration hétéroclite rendant hommage à l'art contemporain y est pour beaucoup. Véritable galerie d'art, l'oeil se pose sans cesse sur un objet insolite et chargé d'histoire que notre hôte n'hésite pas à partager avec nous. Rien, mais absolument rien à redire. Tout était parfait. Merci encore pour ces trois jours formidables. Une chose est certaine, nous reviendrons.

Si vous voulez passer par le sud ouest, c'est avec plaisir que nous vous accueillerons à notre tour.


Diane et Bertrand.