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.
The apartment is cleaned daily.
Breakages must be paid for.
All antiques and textiles are FOR SALE.
The luxurious bedroom with the beautiful bamboo ceiling and 1950's papiermache spotted deer 'trophies' above the window.
Recommended by Lonely Planet Magazine (March 2015). '30 'hip' homestays from Rio to Paris', Harpers Bazaar Travel Blog and featured in Masala Chai Asian Art and Design Online, June 2015. Featured by Quick Gulp, August, 2015, '10 cool Airbnb stays in India' and Stylenob Interior Design Blog, December 2015.
All antiques and textiles in the apartment are for sale with the exception of primary furniture.
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 back lane just below the city palace, which is completely safe if returning late at night. 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, toaster and cafetiere. Italian Lavazza filter coffee, Arabian coffee capsules and tea, sugar etc are provided free of charge.
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 cosy reading or relaxing next to the coal brazier in the evenings. Yoga mats 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 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 me or one of my staff by telephone or email.
Antique shops, antique and vintage textiles, restaurants and fabulous friendly people.
There is a rickshaw stand one minute from the house on Lal Ghat. The travel agency, Lakecity Holidays, 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.
Outside guests are not allowed in the house without Rosie's permission.
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.
The king size bed with hand made cotton mattress and the tiny spinning windows to the side of the bed for late night lake viewing.