The front door of the house comes off the glorious marble steps of the Via Dietro Gli Orti, the most beautiful street in Guardia Sanframondi – a pedestrian walkway that runs along the famous facade of the old town, above the gardens. The old stable sits here, a perfect events space or guest room.

There are two rooms on this lower ground floor; the second bathroom/ workshop space and this stable. Both rooms have an arched ceiling – and there are big wooden double doors that open directly out into the street from the old stable.

this is what the old stable looks like when it’s mostly empty…
This space is currently The Art Room: Art, Live Painting, Deep Colourful Chat…

The stable is entered from the inner house via a very low doorway: I always loved this quirk, as it forms more privacy between this event space and the main house.

Since buying the house, this room has been used as a guest room (it had a platform bed for some years), a shop and art gallery, an installation space, and for various parties and special events. It is extremely versatile and accessible… I’ve had many exhibitions, for example, that also make use of the street as an extension of the event.

As a neighbourhood collective – the Via Dietro Gli Orti and environs – we have made some brilliant collaborations; art festivals, pop-up restaurants, Christmas spectacles, theatre, art performance, cinema and projects, music, dance, celebrations… The arthouse has been central in many events, and has a very positive reputation overall!

… and this is what it looked like when I first saw it!