ROOM IN MAGICAL ITALIAN ARTHOUSE!

House - Private room · Strada Filippo Maria Guidi, Guardia Sanframondi, Benevento 82034, Italy

This chapel bedroom is the perfect place to rejuvenate or to work from, if you require tranquility, solitude, atmosphere. It's a UNIQUE opportunity to taste an inspiring lifestyle in an astounding Italian medieval quarter. Check out the reviews...

The Space

STYLISH ARTY ROOM, COMPLETE WITH STUCCO AND BALCONY, IN MEDIEVAL QUARTER ABODE OF A SOUTHERN ITALIAN HILL TOWN!

Come and stay in the house of a working artist! My arthouse is based on deep ethical, ecological and spiritual values!
Your room is relatively big, with large bed (brand new, very comfy mattress!), storage space (chest of drawers, cupboard), sofa, small table and chairs or, if you require it, a larger table for working. THE BED IS A QUEEN-SIZED DOUBLE: ONE EXTRA FOLD-OUT BED CAN BE ADDED, SHOULD YOU BE A PARTY OF THREE, or have a child with you. (But it is USUALLY a DOUBLE room.) WIFI NOW INCLUDED.

Your bedroom is right next to the kitchen.
The house is STRICTLY no-smoking!

The room is ideal as a workspace for artist, writer or professional person seeking a safe space to recuperate from modern life; it's a creative haven, where you are surrounded by beauty, colour, meaning and history.

I have a happy, functional kitchen and bathroom facilities (wet room style shower).
PLEASE ARRANGE WITH ME BEFOREHAND IF YOU WANT TO USE THE KITCHEN!!
No meat cooking, and no meals are provided under the B&B agreement :-)

The climate here is very sunny, and can be warm even on winter days. July through to September can be especially deliciously as, and the zone comes into its element, and people take time to eat outside, enjoying the ambience and socialising.
The joy of living in the 'centro storico' (during our typically super-hot dry summer) means that you can keep from over-heating naturally: the pleasant temperature of the house in the hottest months, is due to it being built into the mountainside, keeping a stable geothermal ambience. Doors and windows have to be kept closed during the days, to assist with this pleasant temperature!

There is an open fire in the kitchen for the winter, which is lovely and cosy. It can be cold, and can even snow during winter months, so do your research and come prepared for freezing winds and rain!

The house is in a significant piece of the history of the town, and is incredibly atmospheric and interesting!

There are SPECTACULAR views from the house, out over the valley with its grape vines and olive groves, towards Monte Taburno. Guardia Sanframondi is a GEM of a town, and as yet literally untouched by tourism. The old town is partially abandoned, thus is a haven for rest, meditation and tranquillity.

But Guardia also has a bustling aspect in the more recently built zone, up above the medieval quarter: there is an excellent Sunday market, busy cafe (though some are laid back and very old-fashioned), pizza houses and restaurants; it is really very inexpensive to eat out/ drink coffee, and the standard of local cuisine is utterly fabulous!
Alongside the seriously fantastic, world-renowned local wines and olive oil, there are brilliant breads, fruit, veg., too. And a great convivial atmosphere in the local eateries :-)

I utterly LOVE living here!

ADDITIONALLY, we are within driving distance of day trips to Naples, the Amalfi coast, the national parks and dramatic mountains, and, if you rise early, Rome.

PLEASE NOTE: access to the house is on foot only; there are stairs and hills involved! One does require sensible shoes, particularly in wet or cold weather.
The nearest free parking is approx. 5 mins walk, though it is possible to get the car closer just for dropping off luggage, etc.

PLEASE NOTE! Arthouse Guardia is the home and studio of a working artist: it aims to be a haven of peace, creativity and spiritual nourishment. You are warmly welcomed to come here and to use the room for your work and or rest, and to share in and contribute to the atmosphere of the place. The host would prefer jolly and communicative guests, if possible, and will endeavour to return the good vibes at all times! :-D
ALSO NOTE: I have ticked 'child friendly' below, but this depends entirely on the age and character of the children: there are plenty of stairs, rough cobbles, etc in the old town, and children really must be supervised at all times.

It is important that guests are not expecting 'all mod cons' or a 'perfect wallpaper' kind of a place: the house is beautiful and atmospheric, quirky, quaint, and very VERY old! Guests MUST be respectful that not everything, when it comes to medieval abodes, is under the control of the host!

Guest Access

Kitchen and bathroom:
As the paying guest, you get priority for use of the shower.
Guests and owner share the bathroom: this usually means max 3 people sharing the shower and loo.
Hot water works by an emersion heater or a wee wood stove, depending on the season.

Interaction with Guests

I am often available during mealtimes and when I am having a break from my work, to answer questions, but do not guarantee a tourist information service! ;-)
I do possess a wealth of info about the town, being the only foreigner who has been living here full-time long-term, since 2010.
I can tell you where is best to eat, shop, drink, etc, and I can give invaluable advice about how to enjoy the town and the zone.

The Neighborhood

The centro storico (medieval quarter) is an incomparable, atmospheric, magical place, which is currently receiving much attention from both within and outside Guardia.
It is a fabulous, quirky, deeply traditional, partly modernised community, still rooted in deep spiritual values.
There are many aspects you can experience here in the town, and it will depend entirely on your own character/ want to get involved in the culture here. My own life and work are deeply entwined in Guardia, as well as with extensive international networks: we are working as a group to develop the town as an international destination for artists, both via the group Ri-CREARE and Terra Vivente Art Studio.
The modern part of the town is a 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, gorges, wildflower meadows, and a multitude of beautiful woodlands and lakes: plenty to explore.
AND we're within an hour's drive from the Amalfi coast, Naples, and a couple of hours from Rome... The best of ALL worlds!

Getting around

There are some buses serving Benevento, Naples and even Rome (from Telese), and good taxi service from the nearest train station (Telese-Cerreto), and a good train service from major cities in Italy.
You can see details of HOW TO GET HERE, once you book a stay.

Other Things to Note

HOUSE HUNTING: staying at the arthouse is a UNIQUE chance to gain insight into the workings of the town, as you share the house with the very protagonist of Guardia's Renaissance. This does NOT however mean that I am available as guide and translator, so do not arrive expecting additional free services, thank you!
There have been a load of very cheeky punters contacting me since the TV shows went on air in the U.S., trawling for information, key contacts and translating services.
As you can imagine, this is not my occupation, nor is it how I like to spend my free time.
On the other hand, I DO give a LOT for my guests, and you WILL pick up INVALUABLE info just by being in the house, about who to trust, who not to trust, what to prioritise, etc., in seeking a house and life here.
:-)

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $28 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $427 /week
Monthly Price: $1281 /month
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

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  • 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 .

    January 2014
  • 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!

    November 2013
  • 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!

    October 2013
  • Staying at Arthouse Guardia, you get the feeling you're staying in the home of a welcoming friend rather than a bed and breakfast, and you really are in a way. :) I already knew from the pictures I had seen that I'd love staying at Clare's bed and breakfast, which also happens to be part of her unique home. Through her artwork that fills the walls, vintage kitchenware and linens, creatively repurposed home accessories, and all the architectural features of her place, I was not only surrounded by details and colors that made me feel inspired and energized, I also got a strong sense of who I feel Clare to be: Clare is a highly creative, passionate, productive, caring, sharp, straightforward, cheerful, ethical, and independent woman that I admire and respect (and I have high standards). :)

    My fiancé and I are also extremely grateful for the help she gave us even though she was busy preparing for her own upcoming trip. Clare showed us around the cozy town of Guardia Sanframondi, pointing out practical things to help us get situated, as well as introducing us to the locals as we passed them by. "Buongiorno!" "Buonasera!" "Ciao…" She also offered us solid, sensible advice that we trust, which can go far when you're exploring a completely new place.

    There was one night in particular which to us was the highlight of our stay -- a good group of people from unique cultures and backgrounds, speaking different languages, all coming together for a home-cooked meal, breaking out the wine, and breaking out into spontaneous song… Guitar, harmonica, fiddle, spoons, Clare's emotive voice, another new friend's playful and boisterous voice and antics… Effortlessly harmonious in ways not just musical. One of the most magical and meaningful nights, not just of this trip, but that we can remember.

    It's apparent that it is hard for us to talk about Arthouse Guardia without talking about Clare as a person. We think this is because, as with any authentic character, you can not separate the person from their work and their creations, and Arthouse Guardia is both. Clare is a combination of imaginative artist AND thorough businesswoman. It's special when you find that.

    Kim and Wheat

    September 2013
  • The experience of Guardia Samframondi during my first stay at Arthouse Guardia was so wonderful, to no small degree due to Clare and her enchanting home, that I came back, and am now hoping to stay in this fascinating town indefinitely. Arthouse Guardia was beautiful the first time; it has since been improved (although I wouldn't have thought that possible) - there is now an excellent internet connection, and just wait until you see the stunning bedroom you will have! Clare is a welcoming, passionate and knowledgeable host, who can offer her guests both a unique and quirky haven and an exceptional introduction to this town, its people and culture. Staying here would be a great way to get any house-hunting off to a flying start, and for creative and arty types the richness of the experience could surely not be bettered. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    September 2013
  • My son and I stayed with Clare for 10 days, and we were very happy with our host, the accommodations, and the charming medieval hill town of Guardia Sanframondi. Clare was very kind, helpful, and inspiring. The room is beautiful, with a nice little balcony that we enjoyed very much. I especially loved staying in the centro storico, the historic part of town... strolling the picturesque streets, enjoying the sounds and the sights... perfect for us. I hope to return!

    August 2013
  • I stayed at the Arthouse for a month and had a wonderful stay. The room, once a chapel, is spacious and cool, even on the hottest days, and contains elegant personalized details that show Clare's artistic touch. Clare is warm and welcoming, and can provide lots of good advice about the area.The town of Guardia Sanframondi is set on the side of a hill; views from the Arthouse overlook the valley, neighbouring towns and villages. It is a beautiful area to explore, within the town and beyond. Clare's place is in the historical centre, a small section of the town that is made up of delightfully quirky streets, some just wide enough for a person to walk through. The people of Guardia show a pride in their town and a warmth to visitors. I would definitely recommend staying here as an alternative to, or a break from, the usual tourist hotspots.

    July 2013
  • There are two reasons I would recommend the Magical Italian Arthouse. The first is being able to stay in a house which in the U.S. would be a historical treasure (built in the 1600s, and located among meandering medieval streets). The guest bedroom was the former chapel of the larger grand home, and the home offers a view of the valley that shouldn't be missed. Being able to stay in a 400 year old home is worth the minor inconveniences associated with it.
    The second reason is Clare herself. She is a most kind, giving, gracious, and thoughtful person. She involved us with her own activities the three days we stayed, and did everything possible to help me find information about my grandparents (our reason for visiting Guardia).
    We would definitely stay there again, and if the above appeals to you, you should too.

    June 2013
  • Our hearts were captured watching Clare on a Househunters International episode. We had to go and meet this woman who would move to a foreign country on her own. Once we found out she had restored her new home and listed it on airbnb, we included a stay with Clare on a recent trip to Italy.

    Upon meeting Clare, we felt as if we had met a dear friend. She was so warm and gracious we immediately felt at home. Her house was very clean and comfortable. Our room was spacious and included some of Clare's own artwork. The bathroom, while small, had one of the greatest showers we experienced in Italy. The views of the Italian countryside from Clare's windows were spectacular.

    Needless to say, we fell in love with Guardia Sanframondi and can't wait until our next visit. Our visit was indeed magical.

    May 2013
  • Clare is a wonderful host and Arthouse Guardia is truly a special place to stay. Guardia Sanframondi is a rural and unique community. Clare knows the place backwards and forwards, as well as many beautiful spots in the area, and is extremely forthcoming and informative in helping a guest get situated. Sharing the house with Clare was not only lots of fun, as she is a very fun person, but also very peaceful and inspiring. The room is beautiful and the house is situated in the picturesque historic center of Guardia. There are lots of lovely bars in town, and a great restaurant, La Meridiana, close by. Going to Guardia is a great way to immerse yourself in rural Southern Italian culture. An incomparable experience!

    April 2013
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Arran High School, Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art.
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I am a professional artist, with a vision of bringing light, colour and positivity wherever I go. My artwork involves painting, writing, sewing, making things, gardening, and occasionally teaching/ running workshops and events. I come from a small island on the west coast of Scotland, but moved to Italy on a whim in 2010, after yet another too-cold winter! I utterly love the lifestyle here in Italy, like the pace of life -everything is 'piano, piano' or 'slowly, slowly'... I LOVE: art, books, health, healing, food, cooking, eating, wild places, gardening (organics, permaculture, forest gardening!), singing, walking, languages, swimming in the river, harvesting, making things, sewing and restructuring clothing, fixing things, and learning new skills (like DIY)! I also love my solitude and being connected with the divine in all things, living spontaneously and with a free mind, deeply and happily.
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