VanCleef Homestead Bed and Breakfast

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


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

As advertised, was a good stay!!

3.0 on June 01, 2017

I would recommend the VanCleef Homestead B&B, Carol is very nice and it is a good location to explore the Finger Lakes area! Beds are comfortable, rooms a good size, parking in the back, and lots of maps/knowledge of the area from Carol.

Nice B&B. Nice hosts. No TVs.

4.2 on March 20, 2017

Very nice B&B. The rooms and decor throughout the house are pretty and very comfortable. The hosts are very nice people. They made us feel very welcome. Conveniently located to the Seneca Falls downtown and historical areas. You could either walk or drive. There are no TVs in the bedrooms or in the common rooms. You can certainly bring DVDs and watch them on your PC or devices, or watch movies or programs online. The wireless at the B&B is good.

Innkeeper Response
It is our goal to make everyone feel at home and comfortable, surrounded by comfort and hospitality! We welcome your comments, especially the alternatives to "no TV". So many guests look to be unplugged while here, and they enjoy the quiet and serenity of our B&B. Thank you for telling travelers about your stay!

- Carol (innkeeper)

Lovely stay at this B&B

5 on January 06, 2017

Very nicely appointed, comfortable room and bath, within walking distance of village. Owner easy to work with, excellent breakfast with choices. Stayed 3x at halfway point of our trip and would definitely stay again.

Innkeeper Response
We love return guests, especially those who are generous in offering comments about their stay! Thanks so much, and I look forward to your next trip to OH!

- Carol (innkeeper)

Great place, great owner!

5 on December 30, 2016

While traveling from the Midwest to New England my wife, daughter and I decided to stop for the night at Van Cleef's Bed and Breafast and were surprised! The house and the rooms are beautiful and perfectly kept. Linens and towels so soft! The attention to detail like having a thermo with cold water by the night stand, and a plate with different cookies waiting to be eaten with a hot cup of coffee! Carol, the owner is a great person, and so easy to have great conversations in front of the fireplace, especially with her cat Toby! The breakfast was all cooked fresh, and was delicious! It was a wonderful experience and we are looking forward to return on summer!

Innkeeper Response
It was so kind of you to tell other travelers what you enjoyed at our B&B. Toby just loves visitors, and he enjoys the attention received. If guests do not like cats, or are allergic, we do our best to keep him "contained". On a cold winter's night, who wouldn't want a cookie and beverage next to the fireplace? You were wonderful guests, and I will look forward to your return!

- Carol (innkeeper)

Happy Holiday at VanCleef

5 on December 28, 2016

Availability and accommodations well appreciated at this lovely B&B in Seneca Falls, can walk into town. Second pair of visits here as halfway point to driving destination. Especially appreciated being open Christmas Day. Very welcoming and friendly.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind comments. It is always great to have lovely guests return because they appreciate what we have to offer. We are often a halfway stop for travelers, and now that you are "established regulars", we will look forward to your return!

- Carol (innkeeper)

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4.8 on October 17, 2016

Lovely, inviting room, excellent breakfast, warm atmosphere and within walking distance of downtown. Would use again.

Great kid free weekend

3.6 on October 05, 2016

This bed and breakfast was perfect for our kid free weekend away. It was a warm friendly environment. Beautifully decorated and comfortable. Nearby a historic site and wineries. Just a perfect weekend!

Charming and comfortable

5 on September 21, 2016

Carol is a gracious host and this place is perfect for a getaway in the finger lakes area . There are winerys and quaint little towns all around. We have a child at Hobart and William Smith and chose Van Cleef for its proximity to Geneva. It is a 15 min drive over beautiful country roads to the school. We have stayed twice and will certainly return. Also, Toby the cat is the purr-fect ambassador!

Great place!

5 on September 14, 2016

Very nice B&B, very clean, convenient location. Great hosts! Yummy breakfast! Will definitely stay here again.

A lovely visit to Seneca Falls

4.4 on August 22, 2016

We chose VanCleef Homestead for its convenience but we were delighted with the comfort and welcome we received from Carol. The home is in a lovely shaded area and set back far enough from the street so that it is very quiet. The breakfast was delicious and Carol made some great recommendations for places to eat and visit in the area.

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Location Type

Downtown, Small town, 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, Tours, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type


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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  • 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.
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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 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!

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