VanCleef Homestead Bed and Breakfast

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

About

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.

Reviews

Overall
4.6

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

Nice Place to Stay

5 on August 04, 2016

The VanCleef Homestead is a lovely old home that is well maintained. The owner, Carol, is very attentive to guest’s needs. Breakfasts are more than ample and well balanced. The location is ideal for touring some local history and the northern Finger Lakes wineries. It would be helpful to have fact sheets of things to see in the area and a list of local restuarants.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the time spent in offering other travelers information about our B&B and about the area. It is a pleasure having guests who enjoy the local history and our award-winning wines. We also like to recommend our favorite restaurants and things to do while here. Thanks again, and I hope we have the pleasure of hosting your stay again in the future!


VanCleef B & B

5 on July 22, 2016

Upon arriving, we were greeted by the owner who was friendly and warm. The house was immaculate, beautifully decorated in a federal style. Each room had the feeling of early America that was very inviting and true to the home's era. Our bedroom was large with a King bed, it was comfortable and clean. Our breakfast in the morning was made to order, eggs, fruit, bacon, muffins, toast, juice, and coffee. There were homemade preserves also. I highly recommend VanCleef Homestead in Seneca Falls!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks so much for your kind review! It is through helpful information like you offered to other travelers that they choose to stay with us. You mentioned our home-made jams - from the mulberry tree and sour cherry tree in our yard!! Thank you again, and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay!


Terrific family trip

4.4 on July 10, 2016

Family weekend getaway was wonderful! Carol is so accommodating and sweet.... 5 year old loved the pool! Adults appreciated they could park the boats at the house. Charming neighborhood was perfect for a stroll after a delicious breakfast. Toby the cat stopping in to greet us made everyone smile. Book your family getaway today! You will not be disappointed!

Innkeeper Response
It is always a pleasure hosting families, and we particulary enjoyed this adorable and well-behaved 5-year-old! The pool has certainly seen some use this summer with the 85++ degrees we have had. Toby is an added benefit and loves to greet our guests! We make sure he gets extra treats! Thank you for offering your experience to other travelers!


Beautiful stay

5 on June 27, 2016

I had a lovely stay with Carol and her family. The building is well-maintained, and my room was comfortable. I was in town for buisness, I had some meetings to go to and I wished to start looking at apartments in the area, as I was moving around Seneca Falls for work. Carol was generous with her time and filled me in on some rental companies and areas of the town that would suit me best. That kind of advice was exactly what I was looking for. I would definitely recommend VanCleef Homestead to anyone!

Innkeeper Response
We love to greet newcomers to the area and learn about their "stories". Since I grew up in this area and have lived here all my life, I can offer helpful information to folks wanting a particular place to live, certain ammenities, health clubs, etc. It was a pleasure hosting your stay, and I hope our paths cross again!


Van Cleef B&B a lovely place to stay overnight.

3.8 on June 13, 2016

A wonderful old Victorian B&B with homey touches everywhere. Lovely old neighborhood, close to downtown Seneca Falls, great personalized breakfasts and a great claw-foot tub in our bathroom!

Innkeeper Response
It is hard to get to know one-night guests, but it always a pleasure chatting over coffee, recommending certain restaurants or quick tourist-related sites. Our location is perfect for a stroll downtown for dinner or a walk to a local ice cream spot. Thanks for your kind words!


Carol is a great hostess. Clean comfortable and good food. We stay here often.

5 on June 13, 2016

Love this b and b. Carol is gracious and kind. Rooms are clean well appointed and the food is outstanding. We stay here when we visit our son and NYCC.

Innkeeper Response
Love it when parents are here to visit their sons and daughters at NY Chiropractic College! They are experienced at where to eat and what to see, but they always take suggestions on things to do and see. We enjoy your visits very much and look forward to his graduation weekend!


A great place to stay

5 on May 25, 2016

We had a great time there. The rooms and hospitality were top notch. If you are looking for a place to stay while you are in Seneca Falls, this is the place.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for your kind words and recommendation. We know that it is though good reviews that other travelers choose to stay here. We appreciate your vote of confidence!


Wonderful time in Seneca Falls, New York

4.6 on May 21, 2016

We had two adjoining rooms, each with a queen bed, super comfortable mattress, lovely quilts, very homey and comfortable B &B. . Breakfast was delicious and varied each day. Inn keeper was helpful and very pleasant. We were only a 10 minute walk into the downtown of Seneca Falls and could walk to museums and dinner.

Innkeeper Response
It is always a pleasure hosting folks who appreciate the comforts of home! That is what we strive for. We offer clean, comfortable rooms and a tasty breakfast - just what we would want when staying at a B&B! Our close proximity to downtown allows people to walk to dinner and/or museums, and it is particularly rewarding when our guests give us cudos when visiting local sites! Thanks so much! Hope you will come again!


First time

5 on May 02, 2016

First time we ever stayed in a B and B and we didn't know what to expect but oh my gosh what an experience. It was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC and Carol and Brent were a delight to talk to and the knowledge of the area was wonderful. I could go on and on but all I can say is we will be back and thank you again for the surprise birthday greetings and cake. It made my 66th so memorable. Chrissy and Willie in Whitehall, Pa

Innkeeper Response
It is always so much fun to be a part of our guests' surprises and celebrations! It is also great fun to have such wonderful guests who appreciate the little touches that make our B&B special. Thank you for you kind comments, and Brent and I will both look forward to your return (and that boat ride)!


4 visits and counting

5 on March 01, 2016

We just stayed for at least the fourth time and enjoy the visits more each time. The rooms are clean and very comfortable. Carol is fantastic! Her breakfasts are excellent (plan on skipping lunch) and she has become a friend. We have gone up with family and rented 2 rooms and again for all of the rooms plus the trips for just us. We have sent friends for their own trip and they also had a great time.

Innkeeper Response
We are headed into our 10th year, and I think you are near the top ranking for "frequent stayers", but I think it has been at least 5! It is always fun (and rewarding) to have return guests, and many have told us they wouldn't stay anywhere other than the VanCleef. Can't be happier with the reputation we have. Thank you for your generous and loving words of encouragement as you tell other travelers about your experience. I look forward to #6!! xoxo


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Location

Location Type

Downtown, Small town, Wine country

Airport

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, Tours, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Copier, Electric vehicle charging, Fireplace, Fridge, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Piano, Pool, Private entrance, Radio, Telephone, Videos , outdoor pool, Guest refrigerator in dining room

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Porch and pool area , Swimming

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Policies

  • 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.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Carol and Brent Gibbs

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

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

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

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

Special meal options

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


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!