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

Everything a. B&B should be!!

5 on April 25, 2018

Our stay at the Van Cleef was too short! Carol was a wonderful hostess who has thought of every detail to make the inn a delightful place to spend some time. The lovely living room with fireplace gave us a cozy spot to wind down the day of travel. The bed was perfect. Loved the claw foot bath tub! And breakfast was scrumptious. Looking forward to traveling that way again! Thank you Carol.

Innkeeper Response
It is always nice to know that our guests enjoyed a stay at our B&B and that we are doing it right! Thank you for the time spent telling others about your experience. It is wonderful having guests who enjoy the little things we do. Our B&B is not just a "bed", but it is the whole package with a personal touch. We offer an experience that is exactly what we would want from a stay at a B&B. Thank you!

- Carol (innkeeper)

Lovely stay at Christmas

4.6 on December 31, 2017

It is awesome that this B&B was available Christmas Day, when we headed home from our family visit, and stayed in Seneca Falls as our half-way point. Carol was also very accommodating for us to have a couple of local friends join us at breakfast for what was a long time reunion with a college roommate. We loved our room, and she left a key available in case we arrived when she was out. Will return if in the area again.

Innkeeper Response
It is such a great pleasure to have guests return, and return, and return for another visit! They become like old friends passing through!! It is also our pleasure to make staying here convenient, even if on a holiday. It is so very kind of you to make the extra effort to review our B&B and tell folks what we are all about. We were so happy to see you again and make our home a place for you to greet old friends. We look forward to your return!!

- Carol (innkeeper)

Lovely comfortable place with warm owners

3.6 on November 08, 2017

My only complaint was that I thought I booked a suite which was 2 bedroom and private bathroom for the two bedrooms. In fact it was a shared hallway bathroom. The description was a little misleading.

A Home away from Home

5 on September 04, 2017

This place truly goes above and beyond for what a B&B concept means. Yes, you'll have the best home made food and cozy rooms to stay at, but you'll also have enjoyable talks, fun stories and sound advice about the whereabouts. The owners are very knowledgeable on the area and they love sharing it, making you wish to stay in town longer. Carol puts her heart to everything she does, making you feel really welcome, as if you were Home. Me and my family LOVED to stay here!! (my 15 months old baby included)

Innkeeper Response
We are so very pleased to have happy guests! If we can't offer what we know about this beautiful area, then we aren't doing our job. Making our guests comfortable, well-fed, and glad they stayed here is our number one priority. Having families who enjoy a stay at a B&B is even better. People who travel with children who want to stay at B&Bs are the best guests. We delight in making you feel at home. Thank you for sharing your experience with othe travelers.

- Carol (innkeeper)

Biking buffalo to albany

5 on August 12, 2017

Carol was so hospitable and the home is so historic

Innkeeper Response
We have so many cyclists who are cycling the Erie Canal Trail who enjoy a good-night's rest at our B&B. We are conveniently located near the trail, and a stop in Seneca Falls is a must-do. Thank you for your review!

- Carol (innkeeper)

Very nice stay at VanCleef!

5 on August 04, 2017

My friend and I had a very nice stay at the VanCleef - Carol was very accommodating to our needs. The room was very clean and comfortable and the breakfast was delicious!! We would definitely stay with Carol again.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to review our B&B. Happy guests are our number one priority! We strive to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. I enjoy knowing that our guests had a good experience. Thank you!

- Carol (innkeeper)

Great overnight stay at VanCleef B&B!

4.6 on July 31, 2017

Our rooms were huge, the beds were comfortable, the whole house was well kept and full of interesting things, breakfast was delicious, fellow travelers were pleasant, and hostess Carol could not have been more hospitable. Convenient walking distance to downtown Seneca Falls. I'd stay there again in a heartbeat!

Innkeeper Response
Our B&B is conveniently located to downtown a short distance from wineries. We have been so blessed to have such wonderful guests who enjoy our historic home, take time to chat with fellow travelers, and appreciate what we do as innkeepers. Thank you for your feedback!

- Carol (innkeeper)

Very nice stay at VanCleef!

4.6 on July 25, 2017

My friend and I stayed in the Mynderse room for one night with a cot added. The room was spacious, clean and very comfortable.

Great living room

4.4 on July 23, 2017

Personable innkeeper in a great house

A nice and friendly place

4.6 on July 17, 2017

We weren't there for a long time but we enjoyed our stay. Carol was a great host and breakfast was delicious.

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Rooms & Rates

The Van Cleef Room

A spacious first-floor room with queen size bed. Large private bathroom attached with separate claw foot tub and walk-in shower. This room is a favorite for guests who prefer no stairs to climb.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $0 - $149

The Mynderse Room

Our largest room with king size bed. Private bath with tub and shower combination.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $0 - $149

The Swaby Suite

The Swaby Suite is the perfect choice and best value for families or travel companions. Two adjoining rooms, each with a queen size bed. Private bath is a few steps across the hall with shower only. If only one room of the suite is occupied, the single room, double occupancy rate applies.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $0 - $175

Check Dates


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

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

Check Dates


  • 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.



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.

Check Dates




  • 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!