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VanCleef Homestead Bed and Breakfast

Seneca Falls, NY 13148 USA (Show map)
118 Reviews
$125 - $175
per night

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Relax in the comfort of our 1825 Federal-style, historic home. Three spacious, beautifully decorated rooms, one suite, all with private baths. Large common room and porch for your use. Full family-style breakfast served daily. Swimming pool available June-Labor Day, weather permitting. Ideal for girls' weekend, romantic getaway, or good time with friends. Families welcome. Easy walking to restaurants, antiques, museums, Seneca-Cayuga Canal, Women's Rights attractions. Close to wineries, area lakes, hiking, cycling, kayaking, boating, NYS Thruway, Waterloo Premium Outlets, NY Chiropractic College, and Hobart & William Smith Colleges.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.6

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118 Reviews

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Delightful stay

5 on August 11, 2014

Carol was a gracious hostess. This was our first experience at a bed and breakfast and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Breakfast was delicious!

Innkeeper Response
It is always great to hear that first-time B&B guests have enjoyed their stay. First impressions are priceless. Thank you for choosing VanCleef Homestead; and please do come back.

Great place to stay like home!

5 on August 07, 2014

The place is really really nice and clean. The pool in the backyard is big! The host, Carol, is so friendly and makes amazing breakfast! Definitely will come back and highly recommend.

Innkeeper Response
Breakfast is a great meal to prepare, and it doesn't have to be fancy to be yummy! I am a "Mom cook", and guests enjoy a fresh and tasty meal to start their day. We only wish the weather would cooperate so that more guests could use the pool! Thank you for your kind remarks!

Lovely stay

5 on August 03, 2014

Warm reception by Carol, who really makes you feel at home. Very beautiful house. Excellent breakfast.

Innkeeper Response
The B&B is not just a business to us; it is our home. We welcome all guests like we would welcome our friends, and we treat folks like we enjoy being treated! We could not ask for a better compliment - our guests feeling comfortable and like they are at home. Thank you - and please come again!

Beautiful House/Great Location

4.8 on July 28, 2014

We had a wonderful weekend at the VanCleef. Carol was fun, interesting, and a lovely hostess. We would definitely stay again!

Innkeeper Response
Happy, satisfied guests is what we are all about. We work hard to make everyone feel at home and try to leave an impression so they want to return. Thank you for your kind words!

VanCleff Homestead Bed and Breakfast

4.2 on July 12, 2014

Carol was very friendly and welcoming. The bedroom was comfortable and very clean. Breakfast was great! A most enjoyable stay.

Innkeeper Response
So glad you enjoyed your stay. We work hard to keep our rooms clean and fresh - like we want them when we get a chance to go away. Love people - love having great guests. Thank you for your kind review.

Great stay

3.8 on July 10, 2014

A very comfortable B&B with welcoming hosts. Lovely old home located on street of heritage houses. Walk into the village and see the Cayuga-Seneca canal. A charming experience!

Innkeeper Response
Our B&B is located in a lovely, historical village, and a short walk takes you back in history. Our home is one of the first homes built in Seneca Falls, and we are surrounded by many beautifully restored homes. The Seneca-Cayuga Canal is, with its two locks is a site to see. I am so glad you took in some of the sites! There is more to see!

Weekend stay

3.2 on June 18, 2014

The property/rooms were nice. The price may have been a little high considering there was no TV or wifi. The advertised pool was not open (it was too chilly during our stay anyway but it was mid June). We were only at the facility to sleep and left shortly after breakfast (which was good) so it suited our needs.

Innkeeper Response
Reviews are a great tool for us to check on how we are doing. We do offer WIFI free of charge to our guests, and the password is provided in the welcome letter in each room. No TV in guest rooms has been an 18-year tradition of this B&B as a way of helping our guests relax and "unplug" from their daily worries and stresses, and to revive the lost art of face-to-face conversation. Our pool is typically available from early June to Labor Day, weather permitting, but our spring, and especially the past few weeks, have been anything but typical. We actually had the heat on for our guests over the weekend (mid-June)and guests were wearing jackets. We can only hope the cool days and nights are behind us so that the pool can be a part of the total experience at our B&B.

Repeat Guests: Another Happy Experience

5 on June 12, 2014

My sister and I shared the Cayuga Room, as we had 5 years ago, for 2 nights. Everything was in lovely order. The Parker house Grille & Pub, just a few blocks away, offered an extensive menu for our dinner. Carol prepared superb breakfasts with fresh local ingredients. We wouldn't hesitate to lodge here again.

Innkeeper Response
It is always a pleasure to have repeat guests, and it is a compliment as well. Some of our guests become frequent visitors, and in turn, have become good friends. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience!

Weekend getaway

4.0 on June 07, 2014

The couple who runs the bed and breakfast were very kind and informative. They offered suggestions on restaurants as well as places to go. The breakfast was delicious !!! Decor was a bit outdated and would need need updating soon. Lovely place and service overall.

Innkeeper Response
Feedback from our guests is always helpful and appreciated! Prospective guests appreciate your honesty because they want to know what to expect. We work hard to maintain our 5,000 square foot home and property, and repairs and maintenance are endless and sometimes very expensive. Unfortunately, where our priorities must go aren't always visible to the guests. We strive to keep our B&B clean, tidy, and comfortable, and we are making improvements all the time. We hope you will return to see what we have done and the improvements made since your last visit!

Our weekend away

4.4 on November 27, 2013

Owners were so very welcoming, room was clean, bed comfy, and breakfast great. If you are looking for a relaxing weekend away it would be hard to find somewhere better ( they even swept the snow off of our car!)

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Location Type

Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake, Central New York, Finger Lakes Region, Small town, Village, Wine country


Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.) 35 miles

Directions to property:

Take Rt. 81 south to NYS Interstate 90 (NYS Thruway). Follow Interstate 90 westward to Exit 41, Waterloo. Follow directions to property - above.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Syracuse/Rochester/Ithaca, Watkins Glen Race Track, Sampson Naval Museum, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Women's Rights Attractions, Finger Lakes Wine Trails, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Private entrance, Radio, Telephone, Videos , outdoor pool, Guest refrigerator in dining room

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: after 4 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Families with children are welcome
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-night stay required on "event" weekends or holidays
  • Deposit Amount Required: All reservations are held with a credit card. If paid by check, a 50% deposit is required.
  • Cancellations: A 7-day notice is required for cancellations, and a full refund issued. For cancellations less than 7-day notice, your credit card will be charged for the reservation. Early departure of a planned reservation is treated the same as a short-notice cancellation. All no-shows are charged in full.



Carol and Brent Gibbs

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

1 Cat , 1 Dog

About the innkeepers

Historic home preservation and upkeep. Cooking; computers; gardening; meeting new and interesting people.

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  • Time Served: 8-9 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten free, Lactose free

Signature Dish

Baked French Toast
French Toast made with Amish homemade bread, baked with fresh fruit, such as blueberries, apples, or peaches. Our guests have told us we should find another name for this dish, as the term "French Toast" doesn't do it justice!

Details Diamond Collection

86 Cayuga Street , Seneca Falls, NY 13148 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free $60 gift card with a $300+ purchase