About this listing
The Studio is perfect for guests who wish to stay longer in Udaipur. The room is large and comfortable and like a 'home from home'. It is cleaned daily.
It is on the ground floor.
Breakages must be paid for.
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.
All antiques and textiles in the studio are for sale with the exception of primary furniture.
Please also see my other room, Rosie's Retreat Homestay Lakeside which can be rented in conjunction with the Studio Retreat.
If anyone would like to stay during the month of May, please book now as I am planning the schedule for annual maintainence and refurbishment.
The Studio has no terrace or view.
Rosie's Studio 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.
This studio apartment is one extremely large room with attached luxury bathroom and 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 double bed with handmade cotton mattress. The room is fully air-conditioned and there is also a room heater for chillier 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 and lots of goodies for guests.
There is free Wifi throughout.
The room is equipped with a fridge, kettle and cafetiere. Tea, coffee, Lavazza filter coffee and sugar are provided free of charge.
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.
This room has no view or terrace. It is a studio apartment on the ground floor of the house.
Please note that check in is after 12 noon to allow time for room preparation.
Interaction with Guests
Guests can contact me at any time either by telephone or email. There will always be someone around to help with any problems if I am not in Udaipur.
The Studio is very close to The City Palace, numerous restaurants and interesting antique and vintage shops.
There is a rickshaw stand one minutes walk from the house. Lakecity Holidays Travel Agency is on Lal Ghat and Aditya will happily make any travel arrangements for my guests whether it be flight tickets, bus, train or taxi.
Other Things to Note
The Studio has free Wifi and is equipped with a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and a toaster.
Outside guests are not allowed in the house without Rosie's permission.
No excessive noise. Please turn off outside lights when coming in at night and please lock all the doors when going out.
Please treat Aju, my fabulous housekeeper, with respect.
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.