A truly magical taste of La Dolce Vita, in an atmospheric Italian medieval quarter.
Warm, tranquil ambience, creative retreats.
Run by Scottish artist Clare Galloway, protagonist of the Guardia Renaissance: check out my stupendous reviews below!
THE CHAPEL BEDROOM: the bed is in the old chapel space, under a stucco arch, and with this gorgeous curtain to keep you safe and cosy :-)
STYLISH ARTY CHAPEL BEDROOM, COMPLETE WITH STUCCO AND BALCONY, IN MEDIEVAL QUARTER OF SOUTHERN ITALIAN HILL TOWN.
A copy of the essential How To Get To Guardia ebook is given to all guests. This will help you arrive from Naples or Rome airports, in style and comfort!
The arthouse is based on deep ethical, ecological and spiritual values. Nae heavy boozing, shouting or silliness, please! ;-) Good vibes and positive creative energy, only!
Your room is relatively big, with a queen-sized bed, chest of drawers, a comfy wee sofa, table and chairs. It lies right next to the kitchen and bathroom, which are happy and functional (wet room style shower).
The room is ideal for artists, writers or professional person seeking a safe space to recuperate from modern life; it's a creative and spiritual haven.
The climate here is very sunny, and can be warm even on winter days. July through to September can be especially deliciously as the zone comes into its element. People often eat out in the street, and life is really rather idyllic!
The house is in a significant piece of the history of the town, and is incredibly atmospheric and interesting!
There are SPECTACULAR views, out over the valley with its grape vines and olive groves, towards Monte Taburno.
As featured on House Hunters International and 'Where Are They Now?' episodes!
You are very welcome to use the kitchen*, with the cooker, washing machine, a big fridge, and the big table!
Wifi is available to you throughout, gratis.
The bathroom and kitchen are shared with your host.
* So long as you keep it clean, and do not cook meat, thanks! :-)
Interaction with Guests
As one of the main protagonists in Guardia's current social-cultural-economic renaissance, I can provide profound insight into customs and practises in the town, as well as advising you who is trustworthy, and who is ripping you off! If you are interested in buying property here, this is invaluable!
I usually involve my guests in many of my social activities, inviting them to come to market, for walks in the mountains, and out to the bar/ coffee shop/ restaurant/ exhibition openings, etc.
But if I have a big deadline or suchlike, I need to take time to work, undisturbed :-)
The centro storico (medieval quarter) is an incomparably atmospheric and magical place, currently receiving much attention from both within and outside Guardia.
The culture of the town is fabulous, quirky, deeply traditional, partly modernised, and still rooted in deep spiritual values.
There are many aspects you can experience here, depending on your own want to get involved.
My own life and work are deeply entwined in Guardia, as well as with extensive international networks.
The modern part of the town is a occasionally-thriving hub, with a busy market day on Sunday, plenty of bars and a few very good restaurants.
We are also near fabulous wild mountains and nature reserves, with rivers (wild swimming- yum!), gorges, wildflower meadows, and a multitude of beautiful woodlands and lakes: plenty to explore, and plenty of marvellous locations for picnics!
AND we're within an hour's drive of the Amalfi coast, Naples, and a couple of hours from Rome... The best of ALL worlds!
Once booked, I will send you the 'How To Get To Guardia' guide: it is simple and cheap, when you know how!
There are buses serving Benevento and Naples (directly to and from Guardia) and even Rome (from Telese), and there's a great, friendly taxi service to and from the nearest train station (Telese-Cerreto). The trains connect with the Trenitalia train system, and from there, throughout Europe.
I can help you order a taxi, once you know which train/ bus you will arrive on.
Other Things to Note
HOUSE HUNTING: staying at the arthouse is your unique chance to gain insight into the workings of the town, with a host who has feet in both the Italian and English-speaking culture.
There is a great deal of underhand business going on around house-selling in Guardia, so staying with someone savvy and well-connected is a great way to by-pass that altogether!
The arthouse is the only English-speaking B&B, and it lies right in the heart of the old town.
The town has a great recycling policy, with most waste materials being collected from the door: you are asked to arrange all your waste plastic, metal, compost and paper in appropriate buckets.
I also endeavour to be mindful of all resources consumed: i.e. not wasting water in the hot months (when it is sometimes rationed).
PLEASE NOTE that not much English is spoken in Guardia, but people generally give VERY enthusiastically of their time and energy, especially to folks who are willing to make an effort with a few words in Italiano!
The local hospitality is tremendous.
Unfortunately, there is no disabled access here.
Clare was brilliant at helping us navigate our way to Guardia. We got lost driving and having her texts was so reassuring! She met us and brought us to the ArtHouse which was so calming and beautiful. Clare shared her home, friends and community with us making us feel so welcome and at ease.
The chapel bedroom is exceptionally peaceful and calm, the bed is super comfy and the rooms are decorated with Clare's beautifully sensisitive paintings.
A wonderful experience staying with a special woman who made us very welcome
Fantastico! Arthouse Guardia is simply a wonderful place to stay. Guardia Sanframondi is an ideal place to recharge your batteries discovering the unspoilt magical medieval quarter surrounded by the beautiful Italian countryside.
Clare is the perfect host! Will definitely be visiting again in future.
A wonderful room in a wonderful house and a wonderful host. I had a great week in Guardia. Clare is very generous and full of positivity. Her enthusiasm for life and culture in Guardia is infectious and I enjoyed meeting lots of interesting and nice people. It was also great to relax into the tranquility of this little town. I will definitely return and explore further the beautiful country around Guardia. An inspiring trip in lots of ways.
Tante belle cose!
Clare has created an amazing haven in Guardia where one can go to be rejuvenated and at the same time work. After one week, I left the ARTHOUSE full of joy and hope. Clare is a very special person, and I am a richer person having met her and having stayed at the ARTHOUSE .
If you are ‘searching’ for a place to stop, ponder, explore, breath, refresh…then head to Guardia Sanframondi and stay with Clare Galloway in her completely authentic Art House – it’s quiet, clean, well priced and most inviting…and the guest room provides a sleep space which is completely devoid of noise! As for Clare, book a visit and experience the real deal for yourself!
Even though I had never met Clare before or stayed at her lovely guesthouse,in a very short period of time, I felt like we were old friends. The guest room was delightfully appointed, spacious and comfortable with a fabulous view over the valley and mountains of Guardia. Clare was always helpful and interesting and made me feel very welcome. Staying at her home was a memorable and enjoyable experience and I'm glad I had the chance to get to know her better!
I am a professional artist, with a vision of bringing light, colour and positivity wherever I go.
The arthouse I run is a container for many creative activities, and has a strong environmental and spiritual ethos :-)
My artwork involves painting, writing, sewing, making things, gardening, and teaching/ running workshops and events- and inspiring people to live their dreams!
I come from a small island on the west coast of Scotland, and work both there and in Italy.
I love the lifestyle in this part of rural Italy: the pace of life, the people, the quality of light, the wild landscapes.
Among many other things I love, are: meeting new people, long interesting conversations, authentic art, books I can lose myself in, 'spiritual DIY', transforming health and consciousness, making beautiful food to share, making Scotland a better place, gardening like the earth is sacred, singing in Italian, walking in the mountains and woods, swimming in the river, harvesting wild plants, restructuring clothing, fixing things, and learning new skills by doing stuff.
One of my favourite quotes is 'there is no way to happiness, happiness is the way'.