The luxurious bedroom with the beautiful bamboo ceiling and 1950's papiermache spotted deer 'trophies' above the window.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.
Rosie's Retreat Homestay (Lakeside)
Hosted by Rosie
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2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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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.

The space

Long or short lets.

Filmed for the next series of the BBC production, The Real Marigold Hotel.

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. The Guardian and Time Out New York.

A new superfast Wifi system has been installed in April 2017.

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 apartment.

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. 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, lots of goodies for guests and our new Rosie's Retreat Design ladies and gents dressing gowns.

Outside the bedroom is the 'breakfast terrace' where guests like to take their morning coffee.
The fully equipped kitchen has a gas hob, fridge, toaster and cafetiere. Italian Lavazza filter coffee 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 and we have the new addition of the charpai bed for sunbathing or stargazing. 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. 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.
We are lucky enough to have a world class dentist, Dr. Bansal, in Udaipur who cares for clients from all over the world at a fraction of the cost of Western countries.

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.

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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.

Guest access

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.

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.

Wireless Internet

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 12PM (noon)
Check out by 10AM

• Check-in time is 12PM (noon) onwards.

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.
Thank you.


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Conor User Profile
September 2017
Rosie's Retreat is a splendid suite with a master bedroom, lavish bathroom, private kitchenette, well-maintained garden, and upstairs patio with comfortable furnishings. I could not recommend the location and accommodations more highly. Rosie is a wonderful host.
Rosie User ProfileRosie is a superhost.
Response from Rosie:
Thank you very much xx
September 2017

Kate User Profile
July 2017
Rosie's is lovely and centrally located. Ajju is the sweetest and helped to make my stay most enjoyable. It was a very peaceful night's sleep because the neighborhood is very quiet. All of Rosie's recommendations were spot on and she's an excellent, helpful communicator.
Rosie User ProfileRosie is a superhost.
Response from Rosie:
Thank you so much.
July 2017

Kirsten User Profile
July 2017
We had a fabulous time at Rosie's pad! Beautiful room, amazing rooftop terrace and great location near the lake in Udaipur. A tranquil getaway from the hustle and bustle in India! Great communication and easy check in. Highly recommended!

Daphne User Profile
July 2017
Rosie's place is one of the few real Airbnb offerings (a proper flat and not a hotel pretending to be an Airbnb) in Udaipur and undoubtedly the best. To say that the house is tastefully decorated is a vast understatement; Rosie is an antiques dealer and it shows. The space is beautiful and comfortable and central. I was unable to fully utilize the outdoor spaces (a terrace right outside the flat and another on the roof, both for the exclusive private use of the guest) because it was monsoon season, but the spaces exist and seem lovely. Rosie was an amazing host. She was responsive to communication and went out of her way to make sure that I felt at home. She takes her guests' comfort and wellbeing very seriously. Ajju, who helps with the house and is a ray of sunshine, made me the best chai that I've ever had. Rosie also organized a driver for me from the airport, to visit the Juna Mahal in Dungarpur, and on to Jodhpur. Her driver, Praveen, was outstanding and helped me discover parts of Rajasthan that tourists literally never visit. I seriously couldn't recommend Rosie's place more highly. I've traveled the world using Airbnb and it's one of the best stays I've ever had. Book this place now!

Jessica User Profile
July 2017
Rosie's apartment was the ideal place to stay for our two-night visit to Udaipur. It's located a few minutes walk from the main sites of Udaipur's old town (City Palace, Jagdish temple, Bagore Ki Haveli museum, etc) and close to many good cafes and rooftop restaurants. Rosie made airport transfer and check-in easy, and she was accessible and helpful to us during our stay. The apartment is beautiful with unique furniture and artwork. Highly recommend!

Rachna User Profile
June 2017
This is a truly special place you are bound to love! Quiet, comfortable, tasteful, convenient and charming! We loved the room, the rooftop, the functional kitchen that was equipped with everything we needed. We loved the restaurants nearby, the view of the gorgeous banyan and the life that abounds in the tree. One truly special experience was watching the fruit bats around sunset. I can't recommend this place highly enough. It's a special place.

We were very lucky to find this gem! Absolutely everything about Rosie's place is fantastic - location, cleanliness, recommendations, comfort and the people who took care of us - Rosie, Parikshit and Aju (I'm not sure how to spell her name but I'm in love with her now).

Udaipur, IndiaJoined in December 2012
Rosie User ProfileRosie is a superhost.
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 …
Languages: English, Français, Hindi
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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