It is indeed a beautiful morning here at Bellaugello, mist hangs low in the Chiascio valley below the house,the air is still, tranquil, and breakfast with today freshly home baked currant soda bread is laid on the terrace, so why am I angry?

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Last night here in the dining room at Bellaugello gay guest house we served a greatly applauded dinner, unusually for us it was an all British table, and needless to say conversation flowed late into the night.

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Add to that the fact that yesterday friends here in Valdichiascio started the vendemmia or grape harvest and we lunched on homemade lasagne in a sun filled courtyard under the dappled shade of strawberry vine, I should be to say the least content, but I am not, I am far from content. The reason?
A gay guest house in southern Italy… For probably the first time since I came to Italy I have a few free days in what can loosely be called the summer, and I want to get away to visit a part of Italy i have never been to, to be pampered, walk on sandy beaches, and dip my feet in the sea. So I googled it and blasted off an email to a few gay guest houses that guests here at Bellaugello have been to and talked about positively. One was in Sicily, it had no availability, so I waited for the reply from the second. More than a day later came the reply in the affirmative, yes, they had a room, and yes it was available. Yippee! My holiday was beginning to take shape.
Checking their website once again I reasoned that they had offered me a single room, now me being me I wanted to be spoilt, to indulge myself, so I wrote back enquiring of a large bright double room that had been suggested to me by guests at Bellaugello. I sent that on my business email address big mistake last night arrived a reply stating that all of a sudden they have the builders coming in and they no longer have rooms available! Strange eh? I thought so
Why is it that all of a sudden the builders are coming in? It might be true, but then again…. Let’s face it if you want to go on holiday to a gay resort in the south of italy you are not going to come to Umbria and vice versa. I simply want a nice place to relax and see some different scenery. I had thought to a relax in a gay environment, and to meet the owners and talk of working together to offer two centred holidays, a concept that to my mind is valid. All too often I am asked for advice on other places to stay in Italy and I am free with my recommendations, now alas no more! I don’t feel inclined to recommend them. Furthermore having researched train times and car rental I am to say the least q bit annoyed. I am now faced with finding another place for my few days away. I guess I might just have to fly from our local airport at Assisi to Barcelona and get to a Spanish beach. benvenuti in Italia!

It is one of the great joys of my job (if you can call it a job, more likely a passion is a more appropriate word) here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House that I have the opportunity to welcome guests from all over the world, many are first timers, some of whom are here on the recommendation of friends who have stayed in the past, and some are guys who have themselves been before.

Such is the case with the guys in this photo, shot during their recent stay and take infront of the large flowering plants which they bought for me on their previous visit last year.

It was smiles all around, great for me to welcome back such great guys, great for them to see their plants growing so well and great to have a photograph taken together.

Smiles all around at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria, Italy

Smiles all around at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria, Italy

Thanks and big hugs and kisses to U & S