About this listing
UNIQUE haven of creative inspiration; magical atmosphere, beauty, colour, art+ breathtaking panorama: a genuine gem of a place, in a gem of a town, on the up-and-up!
Run by Scottish artist Clare: check out our stupendous FIVE STAR 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.
I had such a fantastic experience that its hard to describe as much of it is the feeling I am left with.
It all begins with Clare, who is an amazing host. She is warm, friendly, and knows everything you need to know about the town. She has a wonderful way of being there just the perfect amount.
After taking day trips, I looked forward to my chapel room as a peaceful and beautiful space to come home to with a wonderful balcony and the views from the B&B everyday were gorgeous.
Her art work and creativity add a dimension to my stay that made this unique experience one I can't wait to repeat!
Clare has a fantastic place in an ideal setting in the mountains. She is tremendous host & so generous, helpful & informative. We had a lot of fun and a brilliant day when her friend, Vittorio, took us to Saepinum ( famous Roman ruin we wanted to see) & the surrounding countryside. A stay and a host to remember. Thanks Clare.
The best experience we have ever had on air bnb or otherwise! We feel we found a new family. Arms, hearts and homes are open to you in Guardia and Clare and her Art House are at the center of it all!
Clare was the best hostess, she made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived. The information she provided in her e-book was very helpful. The chapel room was comfortable and spacious and we also enjoyed the little balcony off the room.
The Centro Historico was a uniquw and interesting experience. It's steep and narrow streets give a glimpse into it's past. We found Guardia extremely welcoming and friendly. Participating in several local events made is especially memorable. We look forward to a return visit to Clare and the Arthouse. Next time we will stay longer than the 9 days we spent there this June.
Clare was waiting for us at the Blues Brothers bar to show us to her house. We were only there for one night but saw, experienced and learnt so much about the town and people in that time. Clare is an inspiration and truly unique lady, her Arthouse is lovely with amazing views and we felt very at home there. We had a lovely lunch at la Meridiana nearby, the owner Giovanni was so welcoming, pulled up a chair so that we could tell him about Cape Town. The evening meal at a local pizzeria with Clare and friends was an unexpected bonus and gave us a good idea of what it was like moving from the rat race to a lovely medieval Italian town. A great Italian experience off the beaten track?
Clares Arthouse is a not -to -be- missed experience for travellers to Southern Italy.
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
About the Host, Clare
My mission is to inspire creative transformation in everyone I meet, and I run the Live Like A Happy Artist project.
My arthouse is a container for my multifarious creative and cultural activities, and has a strong spiritual ethos :-)
The Arthouse has been at the core of the renaissance movement in Guardia Sanframondi - I am the very protagonist which started the movement, and who regularly fans the flames of our vibrant intercultural evolution: it's no accident that I'm the sole holder of the Keys To The City!
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.
I wrote a Foreigners' Guide To Guardia, which gives a unique insight into life in the town as a straniera.
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'.