Yesterday afternoon I drove Tom down to Perugia San Egidio airport for his flight back home to Herefordshire with Ryanair on their flight to London Stanstead.  The car park was very busy, we surmised on account of the building works at the airport, they are building a new terminal, and enlarging the apron it’s going to be very smart.

Perugia airport is an easy half an hour by car from Bellaugello with regular flights to Barcelona, Milan and London.  It is one of those delightful regional airports that are small and convenient, and much more stress free than the large multi terminal airports.  The check in was a dream, the girls at the desks, bright and cheery, and soon Tom was through to the departures gate.

I am sorry to see him go.  Tom had been here four weeks, and become a real part of the team and a great guy to have around.  He threw himself into a routine of early starts, heavy work through the morning, chillin’ afternoons and convivial evenings.  He has helped enormously and certainly got many jobs done that otherwise would have been ‘put off for later’  The pictures of his work in the greppo clearing some of our abandoned olive trees bear witness to some of his labours.

Bold Tom tackling the jungleWhose the poser????Free at last!!looking promising for a good harvest

It has been a while since I posted any photos on the blog, and if you have read my last post you can probably see why I have been unable to do so!

Anyway Bronwyn and Roberto all the way from L.A. were visiting locally and Bronwyn snapped these pics whilst they were here, and we thought to share them with you.

From the top terraceand so to bedAnd just who ate all the lemon cake?

Under the heat of yesterday’s sun we set off through the woodland down to the river beyond the village of Scritto.  Our fifteen minute walk down into a hidden valley brought us to two lovely rock pools, both surrounded by verdant lush vegetation, and  filled with clear clear water that cascaded over lichen covered rocks into the secret pools.

In a scene reminiscent of Room with a View, like Freddy, George and Mr Beebe  we stripped off and dived into the pool and frolicked.  The waters were cool and refreshing, the cascade with its backdrop of lichen, moss and acquatic plants made a great shower, and some excellent photo opportunities.

Around the pool there are an abundance of large flat rocks to lie out on in total privacy.  We came away thinking the pools to be just the place for a romantic couple to spend a balmy afternoon…….

If you are very lucky and kinda romantic when you are staying here at our gay country guest house in Umbria, I might just let you into the secret location of the arbour.  We could even pack you a picnic lunch!

It has been a total oversight not to mention on our blog Alex and Greg at My Web Spinners who have designed our website here at Bellaugello.

The guys have worked hard and produced the excellent results you now see.

They too are opening their delightful home in the south of France as a gay guest house  check out their site on our links section; ‘Cinq & Sept’  I myself cannot wait to visit them, I simply need to find the few ‘stolen hours’ required!

The neighbouring region of Le Marche is just over the hills behind Gubbio.  The west side of the region is bounded by the majesty of the Apennines and to the east, the Adriatic coast with a choice of resorts like Fano, Pesaro and Sirollo.

Within an easy hour’s drive from Bellaugello you reach the beautiful city of Urbino with its splendid palace built by the Dukes of Montefeltro.  There is a real connection with Gubbio, too as one of the Dukes built a smaller version of his palace, here in Gubbio to house one of his favourite ladies just over the border and out of sight of his wife!!

I was last in Urbino in the spring visiting with a friend.  Naturally we went round the ducal palace with its large vaulted rooms,  shady cloister, and fine library.  Andrew decided the enfilade of rooms would have made a great racecourse for the original Fiat cinquecentos, I was inclined to agree, it would have been a hoot!

Anyway I digress.  Friends staying here at Bellaugello gay bed and breakfast went exploring the countryside and ended up in Urbino on the last day of the Festa del Duca.

They reported back that it was a medieval style festa, very atmospheric and well worth the visit.  The Festa lasts four days in mid August and celebrates, film, theatre, music and gastronomy, an inviting mix.  Check out the website link and come and stay here at Bellaugello gay guest house, and join in next year, maybe combining your stay with a day trip to Florence in nearby Tuscany.