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VanCleef Homestead Bed and Breakfast

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

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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
  • Onsite Dining4.6

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134 Reviews

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It's all fabulous!

5 on April 16, 2015

This home, the spacious rooms and the hostess are awesome! We stayed in the king suite and had plenty of room to spread out and for a todder to play. Carol was over the top accommodating and gracious! We felt so welcomed and comfortable. We shall return to hear more about her beautiful historic home and the town of Seneca Falls. She is a wealth of information!

Innkeeper Response
It's always a pat on the back to get such a glowing review, and we sincerely appreciate your time reviewing your stay. We are so fortunate to get such lovely guests who enjoy the benefits of the personal touch of our B&B. Thank you!

Cozy Winter Wonderland!

5 on January 22, 2015

My husband and I spent a weekend at the VanCleef Homestead. We loved every minute of it. The place was so cozy and beautifully decorated for the holidays. Carol was such a pleasure. She was so sweet and accommodating. When she learned that my husband and I wanted to spend a day hiking, we awoke to find a map highlighted and annotated to show all the various trails and parks to hike and cross country ski. It was so helpful. She ALWAYS had cookies out with tea and hot cocoa available. Her breakfasts were delicious - and filling! I told her it should be called Bed&Brunch because my husband and I were way too full to get lunch after one of her meals. Carol is just so sweet and caring. I've been to my fair share of B&B's, but Carol and the VanCleef rise to the top. I usually don't take time to write reviews, but I had to for this one! Visit! It is a great location for outdoor activities but also walkable to historical sites!

Innkeeper Response
It is wonderful to have wintertime guests who appreciate a warm and cozy place to stay and enjoy the great Finger Lakes outdoors. Thank you for your generous and kind comments about your stay. Love it when not-so-busy time of year allows me to pamper my guests even more, and I get personal conversation time to get to know them. It was a treat to have such a lovely young couple enjoy our home. Thank you.

VanCleef Homestead is a most stay

4.4 on December 12, 2014

The VanCleef is a wonderful B&B and I know that my girlfriend and I would love to come again. The hostess is so nice and the food is really, really good.

Great place to say

4.8 on November 09, 2014

We had a great time - we pre arranged a late arrival, and Carol was waiting for us when we arrived. The food was great. We will be back in the area again and when we do we will stay with Carol.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at our bed and breakfast. We are grateful for return guests and will enjoy getting to know you better!

What a treat!

4.0 on November 02, 2014

We had a lovely weekend. The house is very comfortable and relaxing. Lots of nice touches, like magazines and brochures, a little fridge with cold drinks and a stocked bathroom in case you forgot something. The meals were tasty and generous. The dining room table was beautifully set and everything sparkled. We asked for a local newspaper the first morning and there wasn't one but there was the next morning! I would have liked a teapot at breakfast. We would stay here again.

Innkeeper Response
We appreciate your lovely comments about your stay. It is a pleasure to have guests who appreciate the little touches that make your stay more memorable. Thank you, also, for your comment about the tea pot. I have nice individual tea pots for guests, but more than not, they have gone unused when I have put them out. I will be sure to provide them in the future. Thank you!

VanCleef was homey and very comfortable

5 on October 25, 2014

Love Carol, the owner and atmosphere at VanCleef. Rooms were quite large and breakfast was wonderful. Very homey and you felt like this was your home. Would definitely stay here again.

Innkeeper Response
We work hard at making our guests feel at home - comfortable and relaxed. Thanks for your kind comments and taking the time to share your experience.

Lovely B&B

4.0 on October 15, 2014

The innkeeper of the VanCleef Homestead B&B was generous and made our visit to the establishment a memorable and pleasurable experience. We would definitely stay there again if we return to the area.

Amazing Stay!

5 on October 10, 2014

Everything about this B&B was perfect .. Carol our hostess was the best, she looked after us .. even a pot of tea at 11pm when we arrived .. very late and very tired after driving all day ... The whole stay was amazing, the only downside was that we didn't stay longer! Rooms gorgeous ... just perfect .. well recommended ...!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for your kind comments about your stay. Even though these guests were on a whirlwind tour through Upstate NY and Niagara Falls, they were very interested in maximizing their time in Seneca Falls - our historic society, downtown, local eateries, etc. So glad I could be a part of their US experience! Thank you, ladies

Wonderful Introduction to the Finger Lakes

4.6 on October 09, 2014

Carol was a very welcoming hostess who treated us to tea and cookies upon our arrival. Our bedroom and bathroom were exceptionally large and were furnished with antiques. There were many books to read in our room or we could sit in the adjacent, large living room. Breakfasts were delicious. All in all it was a memorable experience.

Good experience.

3.6 on October 09, 2014

Clean, well taken care of, quiet, good food.

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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:

From the east, west or north, use NYS Interstate 90 (NYS Thruway), exit 41 (Waterloo). Upon exiting toll area, turn right onto Route 414 south. At the traffic light, turn left onto Rt. 318 east. Follow approximately 3 miles to intersection of Gravel Road/Nichols Corners. Turn right at Gravel Road and proceed approx. 3 miles to the village of Seneca Falls. At the stop sign intersecting with Rts. 5 & 20 (which is Cayuga Street), our B&B is directly across the street on your left. FROM THE SOUTH, use Route 414 to Seneca Falls. Go over the bridge and through the traffic light. This is Cayuga Street/Routes 5&20. Our B&B is 86 Cayuga Street, on the right side of the street.

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: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Families with children are welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-night stay required on "event" weekends or holidays
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • 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

Cats , Dogs

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!


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

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