Michael C Hall: AKA "DEXTER"
Michael C Hall aka Dexter (Lead actor for Showtime's TV series, Dexter) stayed at The Saint James Kingston, during the filming of his new film, Cold In July, in Kingston. Michael C Hall rented out the entire property with all bedrooms and access to The Saint James' gardens and outdoor grounds for over 2 months during the film's production. Michael loved his stay here and told us that he enjoyed the home and described it as, "beautifully appointed".
MAXWELL TIELMAN: www.DesignSponge.com
"I had never met Julian Lesser and Philippe Trinh, a New York City-based artist/designer couple, when I stayed at their house for the first time. Their home, dubbed “The Saint James,” doubles as a weekend retreat for travelers and, last winter, I had the pleasure of staying there with a few friends. Located in the middle of Kingston, New York, a charming Hudson Valley town seemingly ripped from the pages of a Normal Rockwell book, the cozy house is filled with a mixture of modern and vintage finds, rustic charm, and quiet decadence. From its lavishly appointed sitting room, outfitted in stylish hood chairs and antique pieces, to the organic vegetable garden in the back, I got the sense that transforming this house had been quite an undertaking—a labor of love and countless years of work..." —Max"
"The St.James house was a perfect place for us to stay. There ended up being just two of us so much extra space. If you had a crowd it would work well. Beds are comfortable, and everything you might need is there. I bet the yard and front porch are great additional outdoor rooms in the summer (we stayed in December). If I return to Kingston I'd book with Julian again!" December 2016
"We stayed at the Saint James house for our wedding weekend, Labor Day 2016. What an incredible place! The decor was perfect and matched our style completely - each room had its own character, with thoughtful touches of detail everywhere. Elegant, vintage and unique, I couldn't imagine a better setting for getting ready on my wedding day. My bridal party adored it, and we took some amazing photos. We hope to return in the years to come! The property is an experience not to be missed." September 2016
"OUTSTANDING! Comfortable, clean, and gorgeous historic house located in downtown Kingston. We found the St James House to be a remarkably elegant and comfortable space. Sufficient AC units upstairs and down kept us cool in midsummer heat. Very comfortable beds - real beds, no futons. Large fenced in backyard with pretty patio and gas grill. Our family stayed for 6 days during our daughter's upstate wedding. The photographer was delighted to take photos of the bride getting ready in such a beautiful space! Two full baths made our family's stay easy - as well as a clothes steamer and a 2nd refrigerator in the basement. This lovely home seemed to wrap its arms around us - we were thrilled, and host Julian could not have been more welcoming." July 2016
"Julian's place was amazing, and he was an incredibly helpful host. Everything was ready for our arrival, the rules of the house were very clear, and the house was incredibly clean and well kept. The house is beautiful--even better than the photos. We had a wonderful stay!" June 2016
"I loved staying at a The Saint James. Julian was a wonderful host. He communicated with us throughout our stay and he thought to leave special touches everywhere. Little notes on how things worked and where to find things. I wish we were not so busy it would have been nice to be at this oasis of relaxation for a little longer. I can't recommend the Saint James enough, we loved our stay. I need to mention the beautiful backyard with great places to sit and put your feet up. Plus, there is a very nice bbq." June 2016
"My wife and I and two other couples stayed at the St. James for a weekend because we were attending a wedding in the area. We really enjoyed our stayed! The house is beautiful and Julian was a great host (very responsive and accommodating). Would definitely recommend!" May 2016
"We had a great stay at the St. James over MLK weekend! Each bedroom was well appointed and the beds were super comfortable. I loved all the attention to details in the furnishings and decor. It definitely has a lot of charm but not for everyone if you are looking for a modern space. I was initially worried about it being cold in the house, after reading other reviews but it was not an issue, despite it being a cold weekend. We had two small children in the party who enjoyed their stay as well. Location was great, close to all the places we wanted to visit in Kingston. I'd love to stay here again!" January, 2016
"We stayed in Julian's High Falls home last Fall, and in his Kingston home last weekend for 3 nights. In both cases, Julian made himself very available; the listings were very accurate; and the neighborhoods were just what we expected. We brought my mom to Kingston / the Hudson Valley for the first time for her birthday. Everything about the house was great - convenient location, comfortable furnishings, nice decor, etc. I would definitely go back." October 2015
"We stayed at the Uptown Big House during the week of our daughter's wedding. Julian checked with us upon arrival to make sure that everything was in order and as we expected. The house is beautiful and just what we needed for our family during this magical week. The location close to downtown was very convenient and out little ones enjoyed the backyard. It was perfect and we all liked it." September 2015
"We had a wonderful stay at The Saint James! Julian was a great host and was available for our questions. The house is extremely clean, well furnished, and has lots of thoughtful touches for quests. Julian provided information that was really helpful like where to eat, shop, and had clear directions on the check in/check out process. We highly recommend the Saint James!" August 2015
MAGGIE B: VRBO Renter
Kings (really Queens!) of Kingston
"My friends and I rented the St. James property for a chill bachelorette weekend. It could not have been more perfect. The house was just as advertised - very clean, well-decorated, and fully equipped. The walking distance to Uptown Kingston was perfect. Julian was a dream to work with and had fantastic recommendations. We went to his dinner, breakfast, and coffee suggestions. We absolutely loved our stay and all plan to return to the area (and hopefully the house!) soon." August 2015
"Our stay was beyond pleasant and enjoyable. Julian was available to answer any questions we've had almost immediately. The St James is a gorgeous place with beautifully decorated garden and rooms. It was like living in a beautiful period mansion. Everything was as described, and better!" August 2015
"I stayed at the Saint James as part of a group of eight women for a low-key bachelorette weekend. The house was really lovely -- Julian and Philippe have impeccable taste, and we loved poking around the rooms to notice all the little details. Julian did a great job of communicating with me ahead of time, and we were all very comfortable. The backyard was a great place to meditate, read, or just hang out. It's such an easy walk to town, we didn't really need to get in our cars once after we arrived. Thank you so much for a perfect weekend!" May, 2015
Helene O: VRBO Renter
A wonderful, relaxing home in a great town!!!
"I was born and raised in Kingston, New York and since 1978 have lived in Long Island. The St. James was our choice for a 9 day rental to visit family, friends and old acquaintainces. The property was spotless, neat and impeccably decorated. Even though there were only two of us, we did have several visitors, a girls night to cook together, a family barbecue and each event was better than the next. The amenities are everything you could want and the tv/dining room combo is the perfect spot to relax with friends. Kingston and its surrounding areas have so much to offer and this is a perfect location to see them all. Julian was attentive to any questions and was a pleasure to interact with. HIGHLY recommend this place if you are visiting the area - - you will truly enjoy their home!!! It is the kind of home where you would say - - WOW I wish I had a place like this!!!! Thanks Julian!!!" May 2015
"Julian was wonderful. Very helpful and accommodating! The fire place is awesome, as are the beds! Very comfy and a great dining room with a lot of wine, champagne and cocktail glasses. Everything was perfect! The perfect location in a quaint part of town! Be sure to check out wine and spirits at Kingston Wine Company and have a drink at Uncle Willy's. Elephant is also good !" Dec, 2014
"Julian is the best! He was incredibly responsive and even gave us great places to check out in Kingston. The house is stunning! I stayed with three friends for a long weekend, and it was perfect. The house is beautifully furnished with a cozy fireplace, and has the most comfortable beds we've ever slept in -- it was hard to leave. Would love to stay again when we need another long weekend escape from the city." Oct, 2014
Diane: VRBO Renter
Sheep and Wool Festival Girls' Weekend
"Four friends stayed at this charming home for the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival and within minutes of walking in the door and walking around the home we were ready to call the owner and sign on for next year. What a place! It had everything we were looking for in a relaxing place to retreat after a day walking around the festival. The place was very interestingly and tastefully decorated. I loved the little welcoming notes we found on the furniture and linens and in the kitchen telling us to help ourselves to what was there. It was fantastic to gather in the evening in the living room or outside in the backyard under the stars and then we each retreated to our own extremely comfortable beds! The location was perfect and we really hated to leave. The owner was responsive to initial inquiry and to detailed questions as we were approaching our arrival date. Needless to say, we booked this home again for 2015! HIGHLY recommend this place and I am VERY selective in where I stay!" Oct, 2014
"Julian was very accommodating and pleasant to deal with. You can tell that he enjoys doing this. The house was as pictured and was very comfortable for us even in the summer time. We had 4 guys staying there for a wedding and we had plenty of room.
There were nice touches included in the stay such as complimentary bottled water, and towels set out nicely with a note." Sept, 2014
Tina: VRBO Renter
A wonderful place to stay
"We had a remarkable week staying at The Saint James. We used the Saint James as our home base to visit all the mid-Hudson Valley has to offer. There is so much to do in the area - Hyde Park, the Culinary Institute, New Paltz, hiking, biking, etc. You will not be bored! The house and gardens are lovely. It was so nice sitting either in the beautiful back yard or on the front porch with a glass of wine. Such a relaxing atmosphere. We found the house to be clean, spacious and well stocked with all you will need for your stay. Julian checked in with us a couple of times during the week to make sure all was well. We appreciated his attentiveness and all his great advice. Thank you Julian!! My husband and I highly recommend the Saint James - you will not be disappointed " July, 2014
"Julian was super quick to respond to all requests and concerns. The house was just as photographed. Towels and games come with the rental and the kitchen was fully stocked with pots/pans and baking materials - perfect for our friendly cook-off! The beds were comfortable and each bedroom had its own rustic charm. And the home was situated in a super convenient location for grocery shopping and parking was abundant.
Kingston itself it a beautiful town with historic buildings and charming mom and pop stores. Definitely check out Half Moon Books if you have the time. :)" May, 2014
Mike: VRBO Renter
Beautiful house and super accommodating hosts!
"Lovely house, very convenient to attractions in Kingston. Everything was as expected and we very much appreciated the owners willingness to be flexible. Thanks for a great stay!" May, 2014
"Julian was a pleasure to deal with. His responses to every question came within minutes, and he could not have made picking up and dropping off the key any easier. There was a very comprehensive "manual" in the foyer of how to work everything, and what they expected done and how before you left. The house itself is as large as the picture looks, and VERY roomy. It is also very nicely decorated and very comfortable! Everything you would expect to find at home is there, and very easy to find! It is also a very short walk to town which is filled with great restaurants and other things to see and do, so extremely well situated. We loved the house, and would definitely stay there again, both because we loved dealing with Julian, and because the house is really THE Saint James!" April, 2014
"I stayed at the Saint James in February. The house was amazing. With the heating, we were toasty despite the cold outside. The home was warm, inviting, beautifully designed and well maintained. Julian, the host, was very sweet, accommodating and easy to communicate with, making himself available for quick question or assistance. We also walked into town and went to some of the destinations Julian recommended on his website (ie Boitsons, Duo, Stockade Bar...) which were spot on! We also cooked a couple delicious meals, and the kitchen was amply supplied with all the cookware and stemware we needed. Everything was so comfortable from the big beds to the furnishings in the entertaining spaces - we didn’t want to leave! I highly recommend this home to anyone wanting a place to get away Upstate NY. One of the best short trips I’ve taken in a while. Looking forward to staying there again!" February, 2014
Cindy Winters: VRBO Renter
"I love this house. So beautifully appointed! The listing description is completely accurate. The home is definitely well maintained. I had the pleasure of soaking in the claw foot tub...wow, so relaxing. I think I would stay here again just for the tub! Lol. The owners are so helpful; really nice people. They made our stay so comfortable and the process so smooth. There are also lots of activities to do in the area. And the property is conveniently located. Its a short walk to the stockade district. Would definitely stay here again. And highly recommend it to anyone wanting a beautiful stay away from home." January, 2014
Charlene Weekes: VRBO Renter
"This rental is fabulous. It's easy to find. The host is very accommodating and the house is super clean and cozy. You can feel the love in the restoration work the owners completed. It's a hop, skip, and a jump away from the restaurants and night life in Uptown Kingston. Looking forward to staying here next time I'm in the area." January, 2014
Recommended for: Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway
"The Saint James - This charming vacation rental is the reason my fiancé and I decided to purchase a house in Kingston, NY. Located in the middle of one of the town's historic districts, this home was lovingly transformed by Julian Lesser and Philippe Trinh, a couple with a serious eye for style. With three bedrooms and wonderful amenities including a stunning outdoor garden and ample entertaining space, this is a perfect retreat for you and a few friends. -Max" 2013
"We were so pleased with Julian's house- it is a beautiful Victorian & there was nice attention to detail. Julian was very responsive to emails & very accommodating. The house was clean, comfortable & had everything that we might need during out stay. I would highly recommend both Julian as a host & the St. James for a wonderful place to stay in the Hudson River Valley." Oct, 2013
Gregory: Airbnb Renter
"We enjoyed our stay and would stay there again. We found the beautiful house to be as described. Julian, the host, was accommodating and always quick to answer any questions we had." Oct, 2013
LIA: Airbnb Renter
"Before we even explored the beautiful house and the perfect location, we thought 'We are home'. This wonderful property is possibly the nicest, most pristine clean and convenient house we've had the pleasure to stay in. It is wonderfully furnished, comfortable and has everything you could want for a perfect vacation. This is not your standard 'rental'. This is a fantastic home and we had an incredible time. Kingston is a perfect little town ,quiet but nor dead .We cooked in the wonderful kitchen and then we relaxed in the beautiful garden. The setting is idyllic. I have never slept so well in my life. There are not enough adjectives to fully describe how great our stay was. I can only say we will be back again and it was, in a word, inspiring. Thank you, Julian, for thinking of absolutely everything a vacation house needs." Sept 2013
Emily B: VRBO Renter
Charming, extremely well kept!
"Julian is attentive & the home is conveniently located to the charming stockade district, well maintained, warm & inviting. Excellent stay!" Oct, 2013
Emily Plaskett: VRBO Renter
" absolutely adore this place, and the owners!!! In fact, we liked it so much that we booked it for the next time we were in town while we were still there! Everything about our stay was so smooth and hassle-free... they made everything so easy. It was actually suggested to us by friends that had stayed there before and fell in love with the place. We live in NYC and just wanted a long weekend away. It was our first time in Kingston so naturally we knew nothing about the area. The owners listed a ton of suggestions on their website as far as where to eat, where to shop, outdoor activities, etc. and we liked each one so much we ended up checking off the entire list! There was so much to do and it was all so close! It was barely even a 5 min walk to the center of town and it was such a beautiful walk... I felt like we were in a village under a Christmas tree! Such a charming historical place! The house itself was absolutely gorgeous! We saw photos of what it looked like when they bought it and they have done such an amazing job! It is extremely tasteful and very cozy. It has its own style, its very eclectic with a mix of new and old so its really suitable for any taste. The first time we stayed there we were out most of the time exploring the town and nature but the second time we stayed in more and brought friends with us. There were 7 of us and we could have had more! The layout of the place is really natural and inviting. It was like we had our own home away from the city! We cooked, the kitchen is great and fully stocked, we sat outside on the porch enjoying the beautiful gardens, listening to the sounds of nature, and my nephew even caught a frog in the adorable little pond! It was like a fairytale staying there with the beautiful gardens/nature and getting out of the city. They left us a lovely hand-written note that was very personal and sweet. It didn't feel like we were staying in some cold, lifeless house. You could tell that they take such pride in their house and in their relations with their guests. We left them a really great gift upon leaving but I still feel like we couldn't have done enough for what a special, relaxing time we had at The St. James!!! " Sept, 2013
Glenn: VRBO Renter
"The Saint James Kingston is a beautiful home. We were surprised by the amount of attention and art that filled the home. The house was very comfortable and was filled with abundant light and fresh air. The gardens are absolutely breathtaking! The house was conveniently located in town so we were only 5 minutes from Uptown Kingston which was full of shops, restaurants and markets! Would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to stay in Uptown Kingston or Ulster County!" Sep, 2013
Nazure: VRBO Renter
Best stay I ever had!!! Beautiful
"I had an unbelievable unbelievable with my boyfriend. The location is just blocks from town and the decore amazing. It was very homie and cozy, exactly what we needed for the weekend. The backyard was very well maintained and I loved the small pond in the backyard. It had its own oasis. Furniture and placement are spot on, felt like I was right in a magazine. Loved it, def going back again." Sept 2013
ALLYNA: VRBO renter
Hudson valley gem
"I love the Hudson Valley and staying at the St James made it that much more special a trip. The house was clean, well laid out and decorated. It was great to hang out in the garden, take a short walk into downtown Kingston, and be just a short drive from hiking trails at Mohonk and Minnewaska. The house website had great recommendations too." Sept, 2013
"My husband and I stayed at the St. James in July and it was amazing! The house was beautifully decorated and felt like home away from home. We wanted a place close to NYC for a quick and easy get away. The St James was perfect. Clean, close walking distance to town, and a gorgeous garden for peace and privacy. I highly recommend it!." Sept, 2013.
DANIEL: VRBO renter
Great weekend escape in a beautifully restored house.
"Stayed here over Memorial Day Weekend. The house has been beautifully restored, inside and out. Sits on a quiet corner in Kingston. We were excited when we drove-up and saw such a cute house and beautiful garden. The house is really charming and, when you enter, it feels like you are taking a step back in time, but they have managed to maintain all the modern amenities one needs for a restful weekend escape. Overall, very clean, nicely furnished, huge house, great kitchen and a wonderful backyard. Quiet neighborhood, but just a short walk to town for dinner or morning coffee. Great launching point to explore the surrounding area, or perfect to just stay-in, cook good food and relax. We will definitely be back!" 2013
LINDSAY: Home renter
"Phillippe and Julian, you're wonderful hosts! The Saint James is a truly charming and relaxing retreat. We can't wait to plan our next visit!!" 2013
SCOTT: Airbnb renter
"The Saint James is a beautiful home located in Kingston. We were in Kingston for a wedding an the home was just perfect. It is easy walking distance to the center of town with great restaurants and shops.
The house is decorated beautifully with a fare for design and a nod to whimsy. All the bedrooms are bright and very clean. The dining room, entertainment room and study are great places to relax. Best of all is Julian. He was very helpful before arriving in Kingston. He checked in several times during our stay to make sure everything was ok. Highly recommend this wonderful home for a weekend escape from the city or longer. Thanks." June, 2013
BOBBY BERK: Home renter
"What a great weekend!! Just what the doctor ordered for a nice relaxing get-away from the city. The St. James's decor is simply put...perfect. Historic look with modern amenities with amazing attention to detail. Highly recommended!" 2013
EMILY: Airbnb Renter
"I had a great time at The Saint James! The house is beautifully appointed, clean, and conveniently located. We were able to walk to bars, restaurants, and much of the town's shops. During our stay we had a snow storm and the sidewalks were shoveled and salted immediately without us having to request so.
Julian was responsive and friendly throughout the process of booking and staying at the house. His suggestions for local restaurants were spot on. Overall the trip was relaxing and exactly what my friends and I were looking for." Jan, 2013