A truly unique taste of La Dolce Vita, in an atmospheric Italian medieval quarter.
Check out reviews below!
The arthouse is the only English-speaking B&B in Guardia, run by an artist.
I also have other rooms: see my STUDIO ROOM which sleeps 3.
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 ABODE OF A SOUTHERN ITALIAN HILL TOWN.
NOTE: A complimentary copy of the essential How To Get To Guardia eBook is provided to all my guests.
Discounts are made to returning guests, and to arthouse newsletter subscribers.
The arthouse is based on deep ethical, ecological and spiritual values.
Your room is relatively big, with a queen-sized bed, storage space (chest of drawers, a comfy wee sofa, small table and chairs.
Your bedroom is right next to the kitchen.
The room is ideal for artists, writer or professional person seeking a safe space to recuperate from modern life; it's a creative and spiritual haven.
There is also a happy functional kitchen and bathroom facilities (wet room style shower).
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 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.
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.
The bathroom and kitchen are shared with other guests, and 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 will be 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.
I often introduce my guests to many brilliant contacts, and will emphasise that I am extremely well connected (and well-respected) in the town- I am also a well-travelled and experienced person, of very high ethics, who will be able to introduce you to the more ethically-aligned folks in Guardia Sanframondi :-)
The arthouse has a peaceful and nourishing ambience, which it is expected that all guests both respect and enjoy :-)
*I very much appreciate clear boundaries and communications! :-)
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!
INCLUDED IN BOOKING PRICE I will send you a wee eBook 'How To Get To Guardia' from the airport- it is simple when you know how, and needn't cost more than 30 euros (less than 20 from Naples), from runway to front door.
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.
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!
I regularly give invaluable insider advice as to the underlying dynamics of life in Guardia as a foreigner- like how not to get ripped off, and who to trust! ;-)
And... the arthouse is the only English-speaking B&B, and it lies right in the heart of the old town!
The bed is a queen-sized double bed with a gorgeous new mattress.
If you need more sleeping space than this, go and see my FABULOUS ARTHOUSE STUDIO ROOMS page on Air BnB! :-)
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.
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!
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
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.
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'.