About This Listing
Rosie's Retreat Homestay Lakeside is perfect for guests wishing to stay longer in Udaipur, being self-catering and having a fully equipped kitchen and ample seating areas.
The Wifi works very well.
The apartment is serviced.
Recommended by Lonely Planet Magazine (March 2015). '30 'hip' homestays from Rio to Paris' and Harpers Bazaar Travel Blog.
This beautiful lakeside apartment is also available for long let from May to September. Discount offered for long stay.
Please also see my other room, Rosie's Retreat Homestay Studio which can be rented in conjunction with the Lakeside Retreat.
Rosie's Lakeside Retreat Homestay is a newly renovated self-catering house in the heart of the Old City of Udaipur. It is located in a quiet back lane just below the city palace. The lane is unfit for cars and tuk-tuks so only the occasional motorbike disturbs the peace when people are going to work in the morning or returning in the evening. It has its own private roof terrace, overlooking Lake Pichola, exclusively for the use of my guests.
This idyllic two floor apartment has been tastefully refurbished with all modern facilities and has been lovingly furnished with traditional antiques sourced from the local area. The traditional bamboo ceilings keep the room cool in summer and warm in winter.
The bedroom has a luxury king size bed with a handmade cotton mattress and the window looks out on to the lake. It is fully air-conditioned and there is also a room heater for chillier winter nights. The room has a music system which supports USB and other media devices excluding CD's. A large selection of books and magazines are provided for guests' pleasure.
The fabulous luxury bathroom boasts 'the best power shower in India', hair dryer and lots of goodies for guests.
There is free Wifi throughout.
Outside the bedroom is the 'breakfast terrace' where guests like to take their morning coffee.
The fully equipped kitchen has a coffee machine, gas hob, fridge and oven, toast and grill.
On the second floor is the beautiful roof terrace looking out over Lake Pichola and the palaces beyond. Super comfy cushions on the traditional hand carved stone jarokhas make for cozy reading or relaxing next to the coal brazier in the evenings. There is another bathroom on the roof with loo and wash basin. This is also where you can find the new yoga mats which are provided for your morning sun salutations.
The house is within two minutes walk of the City Palace, home of the Maharajas of Udaipur, and the famous 15th Century Jagdish Temple with its amazing architecture and intricate stonework. the boat stand, from where to catch one of the regular boats to take you on a sunset voyage around the lake, is practically on the doorstep. There is a rickshaw stand just next to the boat stand with many a willing 'rickshaw wallah' ready to whisk you off on a tour of the old spice, vegetable and pottery markets. Lal Ghat is full of excellent restaurants, interesting antique and vintage stores and there is also a book shop and an Internet cafe. Aditya at Lakecity Holidays will organize days out for you to the beautiful Jain temples at Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Eklinji temple or to see the unmissable Juna Mahal Palace at Dungarpur. He also is able to help with flight, train, bus tickets and money changing.
There are nightly performances of traditional music and dance just up the street.
Despite its central location, Rosie's Lakeside Retreat is located on a quiet side street and offers a peaceful sanctuary from the bustle of the city.
With its romantic sunset views from the terrace it is the perfect base for any couple looking for a holiday with a difference and a 'home from home' in India.
Udaipur is universally known as one of the worlds most romantic cities, earning itself the nickname 'Venice of the East'.
Come and enjoy!
I very much look forward to welcoming you to my house in Udaipur.
Aju, my fabulous housekeeper, comes at 10 every morning except Sunday. She makes be the best chai in Udaipur and also gives lovely head massage on request.
Rosie's Retreat Homestay featured in March 2013 Harpers Bazaar blog. This is what they said.
Reaching Udaipur at night is a fairytale with lights flickering on every side of the city’s famed centrepiece, the Lake Palace Hotel ((website hidden)) I’m reunited with a dear friend, Rosie Cornwalliswho I haven’t seen since the ‘80’s, when we worked together at Crolla in London (she married the boss and has ancestors who were Governors of India!) and she’s now based in Udaipur. We stay at her beautiful lakeside apartment which she lets through Ashton Kutcher’s website (website hidden). It’s totally gorgeous and great to be in our own place with its beautiful roof terrace overlooking the lake. The apartment is filled with her lovely collection of antiques and unluckily for my baggage allowance it’s all for sale - I buy a fab painted mirror with a pink Hindu God on it! Dinner’s next door at Jagat Niwas ((email hidden)) - we drink far too many bottles of wine over hysterical stories of how naughty we were back in the day! Next day she takes us on a tour down tiny lanes of the Old city to her secret antique haunts where I find glass beaded panels and Indian silver, all which will be appearing in my next Aboydbazaar ((website hidden)) having been redesigned to make them into something modern and contemporary. We say our goodbyes then travel on to Devi Garh ((website hidden)) , an hour outside Udaipur and the most beautiful palace I think I’ve ever seen. Showered with red rose petals as we walk through the massive entrance, we spend a listless and wonderfully relaxing day by the pool ,exploring the palace and generally recharging as tomorrow we leave Rajasthan and head across the border into Gujarat.
The guests have sole use of the breakfast courtyard outside the bedroom suite, the kitchen and the roof terrace overlooking Lake Pichola.
Please note that check in is after 12 noon to allow time for room preparation.
Interaction with Guests
Guests can always contact us or one of our staff by telephone or email.
Antique shops, antique and vintage textiles and fabulous friendly people.
There is a rickshaw stand one minute from the house on Lal Ghat. The travel agency on Lal Ghat can arrange taxis for longer journeys, train, bus and 'plane tickets.
Other Things to Note
Aditya at Lakecity Holidays on Lal Ghat will happily make any travel arrangements for my guests whether it be for flight tickets, train, bus or a taxi for day trips.
No excessive noise, Gas appliances to be turned off after every use Every door should be locked on leaving the house and lights turned off. Please switch off the outside light when you come in at night.
Please treat the housekeeper, Aju, with respect and please clean the coffee machine after use.
Rosie was extremely kind since the first contact to arrange the place and details. Also our arrival was arranged carefully to be taken to the apartment. It was very clean and organized. It's is a charming place and nice details.
In the other hand the price is very very high and unfair for the location itself specially considering Udaipur pricing for very nice hotels just next door, which are less than half price. I took the place expecting more, perhaps my fault. One particular important detail is that you have no privacy at all in the terraces, as the lower one has the neighbour's door exactly attached to it, I mean everytime they go up the stairs to go into their home they are in front of you. (They are a very very warm and lovely family actually). And the top terrace you have neighbour's windows all around also. It might be a fact of the neibourhood style, no problem, but I could never understand it before going, as I wouldn't like this detail. The lady who cleans the place is very kind and helpful also.
Felipe arrived at my apartment with an visa that was not valid for the duration of his stay. We were obliged to ask him to leave a day earlier than he had intended.
He refused to understand the gravity of the visa situation, both for him and for me.
Despite receiving a 20% discount on reservation and a refund from Airbnb, for the night he could not remain in my house, he became extremely unpleasant to both Aditya in Udaipur and myself, by email.
My house has one close neighbour in the shared courtyard.
Having complained bitterly about the presence of a neighbour, Felipe then sent me a mail telling me how often he was playing with their baby. He used the fathers rickshaw for the duration of his stay to get around town and to the airport.
From the roof terrace there is one neighbours terrace across the way (detached). There is never anyone there.
My house is in the centre of the old city, hence there are other houses round about.
This is what one would expect in an urban area.
The point of a 'homestay' is that guests get to experience the life and culture of the community in their chosen country.
This insight cannot be enjoyed from the sheltered and sanitized environment of a hotel.
I have lovingly lavished every care and attention to detail on my apartment for the comfort and well being of guests and it is maintained to a very high standard.
I found this whole episode of this guest very stressful, demoralising and deeply upsetting.
Rosie's Retreat was a wonderful way to experience the heart of Udaipur during my short weekend trip!
I was only able to stay one night at the apartment, but it was a great stay - very clean place, good wifi, awesome view of Lake Pichola, and access to a kitchen. It was overwhelmingly hot during my stay, so I wasn't able to enjoy the garden and rooftop terraces, but they were also lovely.
Aju was very sweet (only met her briefly when she came by the morning of my departure) and Aditya was such a HUGE help with coordinating all my sightseeing needs - I was sad to have missed meeting Rosie during this trip, but perhaps on a future visit to this beautiful city.
Rosies Retreat is a very charming and cosy hideaway,centrally located, so you can experience a real indian neighbourhood but hidden as a rear house that allows privacy. You can feel her passion for decoration as the whole place is unique with a lot of indian style details.
She offers a great network in her neighbourhood. Everybody knows her and supports you perfectly. Aditya feels very happy to arrange your sightseeing and/or travel plans.
And her housekeeper is a very sweet person taking care of the appartment every day, so that everything is kept clean.
I can highly recommend Rosies place as a perfect stay especially for a couple spending some romantic time in Udaipur.
This is a really elegant and tasteful apartment with lots of attention to small details. There is a lovely roof terrace which was even better than the photos.
The location in Udaipur is excellent and is very central with restaurants nearby.
I didn't get to meet Rosie as she was away (she kept a check on us from afar) but Aditya sorted out all arrangements for us and is extremely efficient. Highly recommended.
We wish we had booked to stay a bit longer !
Very charming place close to all monuments.
It was very easy to correspond with Rosie so go for it.
A great retreat with a nice view of lake (website hidden) shows Rosies touch with great attention to detail.There is nothing we wanted for a nice little kitchen is available but there are also plenty of nice restaurants nearby (website hidden) all in all a pleasant place to stay in a very beautiful part of India
Mr A. from Lakeside travel arranged our journey from Jaipur and was there to greet us on behalf of Rosie (who was in England). Rosie's Retreat was just the way it was described - even better really. We both enjoyed our stay and really wished we had booked it for longer. The information sheet was a great help. Aju was just so lovely. She took our washing for us, and cleaned the house with such a sweet smile. The decor was amazing, shower great and the bed was really comfortable.
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About the Host, Rosie
Hello, my name is Rosie and I have been living in Udaipur for twelve years. I have a long connection with India as my ancestor, Lord Cornwallis, was Governor General of India twice (his picture hangs in the house) and my mother's family were involved in the tea and jute business in Assam.
I am an antique dealer specializing in unique decorative treasures from in and around Rajasthan.
I spend my summers in Transylvania where I am restoring The Magic Cottage in the Harghita Mountains. It is soon to be another Airbnb gem.
I love Udaipur and I am sure that you will too. I look forward to being your hostess in this beautiful city of lakes.