About this listing
PLEASE NOTE that I am letting out the house when I am travelling: contact me for more info.
This is the ultimate haven for respite from modern life: it's a haven for creative inspiration, with breathtaking views and a tranquil setting: go look at the reviews and photos!
I'm an Airbnb Super Host, with 100% feedback from guests since 2012 - I even hold the keys to the city, and am 'la protagonista' who inspired the new, international enthusiasm for the previously-abandoned medieval quarter!
The Arthouse is a collection of wonderful spaces, at first glance seeming to have been cobbled together, but actually a completely harmonious and beautiful series of super-special rooms...
I can send you an ebook version of THE INSIDER'S GUIDE TO GUARDIA SANFRAMONDI book, which gives full details of how to get here, and how to get around town and really enjoy the place.
The arthouse is based on deep ethical, ecological and spiritual values. No boozing, shouting or silliness, please - please check out the other B&Bs in town if you seek an outlet for such activities - thank you! ;-) Good vibes and positive energy, only!
Your rooms are all very unique spaces; the master bedroom is the largest room in the house, with a queen-sized bed, a huge sofa, coffee table and balcony. It is separated from the other part of the house (where kitchen and bathrooms are) by a communal corridor. There is an additional platform double bed in the back of this room, accessed by a ladder.
The lower cantina 'stable' bedroom is very basic but comfy, with a platform bed also: it has a door onto the street, and is beautiful and cool in the summer months - a great summer studio or pop-up studio or event space. The second bathroom and the rest of the house is accessed from it by a very low doorway, so take this into account when booking.
The 'sanctuary' bedroom is again very simple and cosy - it has a low ceiling - please take this into account when booking, if you are tall! and it is accessed by an open stairway. It has no panorama, but is a particular and very special space, in under the ground - silent and womb-like - perfect for meditation or deep contemplation and relaxation.
The house is ideal for artists, writers or professional folks seeking a safe space to recuperate from modern life; it's a creative and spiritual haven. It's a significant piece of history in the town, and is incredibly atmospheric and interesting!
There are SPECTACULAR views from windows and balconies, out over the valley with its grape vines and olive groves, towards Monte Taburno.
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! Winter can be very different: the lower 'stable' room in the house is not really suitable for winter visits.
The house was featured on House Hunters International and 'Where Are They Now?' episodes.
The kitchen has a gas cooker with 4 hobs, a big fridge, and a big table with 4-6 chairs.
The washing machine is in the cantina (cellar) second bathroom.
The first bathroom has a wet-room style shower, and the second bathroom downstairs has a bath.
Wifi is available in most part of the house.
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!
My interaction with guests has been very full in the past, but these days I will be travelling with my partner, and only letting the house out when I am 'in giro'. :-) Contact me for precise dates, or to make a suggestion of when you'd like to visit - I don't leave an open schedule, and only lease to particular people who are compatible with the ideals of the house - like my Patreon patrons.
I will always be available to guests, if remotely!
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, but still rooted in deep 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 thriving hub of activity, with a busy market day on Sunday mornings, plenty of bars and a couple of 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 guide to the town, which contains a 'how to get to Guardia' chapter: it is simple and very 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 be arriving 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.
You will be sent a complimentary copy of the ebook THE INSIDER'S GUIDE TO GUARDIA SANFRAMONDI when you make your booking: it'll give you huge insight into the town and culture - and explain how to get here easily and cheaply!
The Arthouse is only available to folks who appreciate deep spiritual and ecological values!
My Patreon patrons get priority on bookings.
The house has a peaceful and healing atmosphere, which I hope all guests will both benefit from and contribute to...
Absolutely NO partying, drinking of excessive alcohol, raised voices, etc.
The whole house will only be let out whilst my partner and I are travelling: just contact me to propose a set of dates - we are open to discussion! :-)
The house is quirky and medieval in places! Your patience with this is appreciated :-) It requires attention to windows and doors, especially in summer and winter, when the natural medieval air conditioning can be taken advantage of: instructions given on arrival.
Unfortunately, there is no disabled access to the house - we are reached by steep steps.
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.
The hospitality in Guardia Sanframondi is tremendous.
This host has a Strict Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 30 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 30 days of the trip and get a 50% refund of the nightly rate, as well as a full refund of fees.
I come from a small island on the west coast of Scotland, and now work location-independently - between Scotland, Africa, Italy, Canada...
One of my favourite quotes is 'there is no way to happiness, happiness is the way'.
The Arthouse has been at the core of the renaissance movement in Guardia Sanframondi - I am the protagonist which started the movement: and am the sole holder of the Keys To The City.
The house is a container for multifarious creative and cultural activities. It also has a strong spiritual ethos :-)
My artwork involves painting, writing, making things, transforming spaces and inspiring people to live their dreams - in 2016-17, my main focus will be the Live Like A Happy Artist book series.
I love the lifestyle in this part of rural Italy: the pace of life, the people, the quality of light, the wild landscapes. I use my arthouse as a place of nourishment and retreat - a place to grow strength and be inspired artistically.
I wrote an Insider's Guide To Guardia, which gives a unique insight into life in the town as a straniera.