Oakcliff Bed and Breakfast

78 Church Hill Road , Halfmoon, NY 12188 USA (Show map)


Only 15 minutes from Saratoga and Albany, and on the National Historic Registry since 1998, Oakcliff is said to have among "the best views on the Erie Canal," with "a spectacular view of the Mohawk River." Sleep like Kings and Queens within fine Italian Egyptian cotton linen and down pillows. Wake up to a hearty breakfast in the Great Room, overlooking the majestic Mohawk River. We guarantee a memorable and restful stay in the peaceful setting of Oakcliff. Originally owned and built in 1830 by Saratoga County Judge Duncan MacMartin, Oakcliff boasts a B &B like no other in the Saratoga and Capitol District Albany region. Feel the wind off the waters of the majestic Mohawk River. Take a stroll down a long, winding dockside path and enjoy a picnic at the river's edge on a lazy afternoon. Read a book in the famous library where General Grant would converse with T. G. Younglove, first Speaker of the Assembly and the home's previous owner. Four presidents have stayed at Oakcliff: Presidents Grant, Hayes, Arthur, and Garfield, all former guests of the 2nd estate owner, banker/financier Truman G. Younglove.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Autumn on the Mohawk

4.0 on October 08, 2016

This was a stay to celebrate a wedding anniversary. When you pull in the driveway you can picture the horse-drawn carriages pulling up to the front. Innkeeper was welcoming and flexible as to what you wanted for breakfast. The environment was clean and fresh smelling. The decor and the ambience was exquisite and we imagine how festive it must be at the holidays. Perfectly appointed, and the innkeeper has good taste.

Great stay!!

4.8 on October 07, 2016

The Oak Cliffs is a historic, beautifully furnished home. The breakfast was one of the best we have had the good fortune to eat. What really sets the Oak Cliffs apart is the owner/proprietor, John. He was welcoming, well informed and keen to facilitate a gathering of the people staying in his house. We enjoyed a great conversation among well informed and international traveled couples, facilitated by a few bottles of wine from John's kitchen.

Nice, quiet place to stay, but...

4.2 on July 29, 2016

We were greated very hospitably. Beautiful historical home with period furniture. Well apppointed. River close by but the stairs are not maintained to go down. Proceed at your own risk. Shared bath, which was fine as we were the only guests that evening. The challenge was we felt we really couldn't use the room to it's fullest as we were told we couldn't put anything on the tables as they are original finishes. Felt more like a staged room not to be used much. Breakfast sounded like it would have been tasty but had scheduled breakfst with family. We would recommend Oakcliff just know it is shared bath and extra care with use of the furniture.

Innkeeper Response
I am disappointed with your review and would like to address each point. The path to the river is a woodsy rural path with one long flight of pressure treated stairs. They are certainly well maintained. Each bedroom including yours has a private bath. You picked the President Grant Room with a private external bath. You also had the choice of picking the Mohawk Room with an in-room bath which was available but declined. All the furnishings in the house are museum quality period furniture with a shellac based finish. The fabrics on the chairs are either expensive fine silk or mohair tailored by expert craftsmen of the period. I inform all guests that there are coasters in the room and if they have glasses or bottles they need to use a coaster as to not damage the finish on the furniture. This is called common sense and respect. How is using a coaster not using a room to it's fullest? I also ask that suitcases or bags not be place on the furniture. Dirty bags on light colored french silk does cause staining. I encourage guest to used the furniture and enjoy being in a setting that is generally not made available to the general public but can only be viewed in a museum setting. I am also puzzled by you're rating of 3 for onsite dinning since you choose not to partake in breakfast. In summary, I have spent a lifetime collecting, studying and conserving the furnishings for the inn. I am surprised that one would pick a place like Oakclliff Bed and Breakfast to stay and then complain about preserving the surroundings for future guests and generations to enjoy. Next time, a simple hotel might be a better choice for your lifestyle. Best, John

A fantastic historic home

4.6 on July 06, 2016

We throughly enjoyed our stay. John was a wonderful host. He as perfectly appointeed the home with period furniture. It truly feels like steping back time.

Anniversary Stay

3.4 on June 06, 2016

Friendly and great service Beautiful location

Old-style Hospitality on the Erie Canal

5 on May 23, 2016

We had a wonderful stay at Oakcliff Bed and Breakfast. The view was stunning, the room delightful, breakfast both generous and delicious. Most of all, though, our host was tremendously helpful, going out of his way to assist us in every way possible. Thank you so much!

Perfect stay

5 on March 17, 2016

This was the perfect B&B for a weekend romantic getaway for us. The period furnishings were exquisite in this mansion turned B&B and we could tell they had been chosen with care. We were surrounded by luxury during our entire stay. Our host was very accommodating (even serving us a glass of wine in front of the fireplace before we turned in) and cooked us a quite delicious breakfast (included with the accommodation's price). We look forward to staying here again.

Our first BnB

5 on February 20, 2016

Saying this place was perfect doesn't do it any justice, if you really want to experience an awesome and romantic get away this is the place to be. Equipped with a cozy fire to snuggle up to and enjoy a drink and a decadently served breakfast made when you are ready! This place is the dream location and the sunrise of the backyard is breathtaking to wake up too especially with your special someone. The service was great and no complaints whatsoever. Will return and have recommended to friends. :D

Delightful and elegant

5 on February 14, 2016

Delightful and elegant mansion decorated with very good taste. The owners, John and Susan, were extremely accommodating. Would definitely stay here again; a hidden gem!

A fabulous Holiday Escape

4.8 on January 03, 2016

We wanted a New Years experience that was different yet elegant and festive.We ound it at Oakcliff Manor.Beautiful view of the Mohawk River and the Manor house decorated ib the spirit of the holiday.lovely views from the library full of historical books and a warm fire in the Great room.John and Susan the perfect innkeepers served a timely afternoon tea.Breakfast was a special treat making you feel like being in the English country side.Recommendation year round.CHEERS MMR,JJ

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Rooms & Rates

The Mohawk Room

Take yourself back to the Federal Period of the 1790s. This room has a magnificent water view, decorated in the Laura Ashley and Ralph Lauren Style with a private Victorian marble bathroom. The bed is a full/queen period four poster Federal bed adorned with feather mattresses and fine Italian/Egyptian Sferra Celeste cotton sheets - you'll want to stay an extra night!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $169 - $339

The Saratoga Room

With a country feel and an attached sitting room, you are taken back to the Federal and Empire Period of the late 1790s to early 1830s. This suite, on the 2nd floor, is decorated with fine period painted furniture of the day with a private Victorian marble bathroom on the 1st floor (a short walk downstairs). The full/queen Schoharie County painted bed is dressed with Sferra Celeste Italian/Egyptian sheets and a plush feather topper with down pillows - you'll want to stay an extra night. Please see photos.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $129 - $289

The President Grant Room

Take yourself back to the Empire Period of the 1820s. This is the largest and most elegant of all the Oakcliff rooms and includes a private Victorian marble jacuzzi bathroom with a waterfront view. Includes a full/queen period four poster bed adorned with a feather topper and fine Italian/Egyptian Sferra Celeste cotton sheets - you'll want to stay an extra night! (President Grant used to sleep in this room!)

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $169 - $339

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Location Type

Airport, Countryside, Village, Waterview


Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County) 6 miles

Directions to property:

Only 3 minutes off Exit 8 of I87 (north way) and 15 minutes from Saratoga Springs.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, University

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Parking, Piano , Water Front Access

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Internet Service, Ironing Board, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Easy access to the Mohawk River, bike paths, museums, Casino, and Saratoga Race Track, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3PM
  • Check Out:: 11AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Smoking is prohibited on the estate.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: A minimum of one nights deposit is required. All room rates are based on double occupancy, or two adults. NY State taxes are additional. Visa,MasterCard, American Express as well as Paypal are accepted.
  • Cancellations: With the exception of Saratoga Racing Season, cancellation must be within two weeks for a full refund. Anything outside of this is subject to a $50 surcharge and/or reservations credit. Early departure and last minute cancellations are non-refundable. Reservations made less than two weeks before arrival date cannot be cancelled and will be charged to customers credit card, or credited to a future reservation. **All rates are subject to local and state taxes.



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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 6:30-9:30
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian