Our latest arrival…
The first in a series of specially commissioned chairs all with a “Bellaugello Back’s” theme.

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Claire’s Chairs has done us at Bellaugello Gay Guest House proud. Come join us this summer, have a dip in our glorious infinity pool and you too could have your own personalised set of dining chairs, a hot reminder of your stay here in the Umbrian countryside

A halcyon day at Bellaugello Gay Guest House, sun shining, guys relaxing around the infinity pool, sunshine, light breeze, all good with the world.  Indeed when planning last night’s dinner we had thought to serve it outside on the terrace under the stars, that is our preferred way at Bellaugello.

However at five o’clock the storm clouds rolled in.  Bellaugello Gay Bed and Breakfast looks south a commanding position over the Chiascio valley towards Monte Subasio, the hill behind Assisi, and we get good notice of the approaching storms as they roll up the valley.

Two guests leaning against the railings on the upper terrace soon began to enact that famous scene from the movie ‘Titanic’ as Leo holds Kate and the wind ruffles their hair, the gentle breeze strengthening and the dark clouds approaching.  Then the skies opened, rain, lots of it, thunder, lightning, and hailstones – yes! hailstones.  The electricity flicked off, then on, the rain continued.

Dinner laid up in the dining room luckily I had made bread earlier and most of the meal was to be cooked stove top as the power went off…  Mad rush round the electric boards in torrential rain, no, it was not us, there was no current coming into the main supply, obviously an overhead cable had been hit.  Back to the kitchen soaking wet, a few candles guttering together with the emergency power fail light giving scant light to the cooking surface..Cooking by candle light at Bellaugello in Umbria

A tour round the suites, guys making the most of the power-cut 😉 and all ok.  Back to the kitchen, and dining room to light lots of candles, then quick dash upstairs to change into some dry clothes and down for aperitivo by candle-light.

Storm clouds in Umbria, italy as seen from Bellaugello Gay HotelAnd then as the storm rode to the Apennines, the most amazing beetroot coloured clouds,Thunder and lightning over the Apennines seen from Bellaugello luxury gay resorthuge flash of lightning seen from Bellaugello luxury gay hotel in umbria, italybeetroot storm clouds seen from Bellaugello Gay bed and breakfast luxury house rental in Umbria  A full house, great guys, all entering into the spirit of the evening.  An ‘amuse bouche’ of cappelacci stuffed with mozzarella di bufala and baby tomatoes served by guttering candles then by the time we were serving the black lentil salad from Viterbo the power was restored and stayed on for the reminder of the evening.  Where the rain had stopped the wine and conversation flowed, it was a most convivial of evenings, guys from all over the world, huge fun, swapping stories, relating tales, and generally having a great time.  We rounded off the evening with a glass of my home-made Limoncello…

This morning, peace, sunshine, mist lingering below in the valley,  Bellaugello back to normal,

Peace, perfect peace, Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria, Italy revels in the early sunshine

It is as if last night did not happen!

Dear readers I attach a just received email from my web service provider:

Dear Client,

As your website is hosted on our server, you may well be aware of some on-going issues with sending e-mails to Microsoft account holders (Hotmail etc.). We recently decided to move to another hosting company and have now got in place a new dedicated server for all of our client accounts.
The websites have all been copied across to the new server and tonight we will change the name server IP address to point your domain to the new server.
This will be done late tonight, during low traffic times, to avoid any impact to your business. This will remove any IP black list issues and all e-mails will work as they should.
There will be some down time while the DNS propagate around the internet. This should not be more that a few hours and may be much less.
This is unavoidable I am afraid.
MORE GOOD NEWS!
However the good news is that the new server is faster and more modern than our last offering. It is also located in Europe and so load time will be faster.
We have also (at no additional cost to you) installed the latest Spam eating software on the server, so you should see significant drops in the amount of spam your receive. This is called ‘MagicSpam’ and blocks spam before it is sent to your own account. Spam was the cause of the last IP Black listing fiasco and so to avoid any repeat performance, we have set the spam setting to fairly aggressive.
IF you are notified by somebody trying to send you an e-mail, that they cannot (they will know as a bounce back with the reason will be sent to them), then please notify us and I will ‘white list’ their address.
SOFTWARE UPGRADE
As part of the server upgrade, we have also upgraded the software that the server runs and have tested over the past week to ensure functionality of your website is maintained. We have made tweaks to the code where required – free of charge. However with any move of this nature, there may be some small issues with your website once the move is complete. So please can I ask that you also test your website and let me know of any issues you find.
PLEASE ACCEPT MY APOLOGIES FOR A SITUATION COMPLETELY WITHOUT MY CONTROL AND NOT OF MY MAKING.  IF YOU ARE TRYING TO CONTACT US AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED A REPLY PLEASE DO TRY SKYPE “bellaugello” or email drummonddom@mac.com  BOTH OF THESE ARE UNAFFECTED BY THE ABOVE PROBLEMS.

 

Owing to work commitments I have received a cancellation of our stupendous DIVA SUITE for three nights from Friday 25th. JulyBELLAUGELLO GAY GUEST HOUSE, THE DIVA SUITE LIVING ROOMA large double aspect living room with kitchen corner, separate double bedroom, and large bathroom with panoramic shower could be yours for three nights this July.BELLAUGELLO the Diva Suite Bedroom, Umbria, ItalyBook now: email me at book@bellaugello.com or by phone +39 075 920374 or Skype “Bellaugello”  Mention you saw it on my blog and a LAST MINUTE DISCOUNT APPLIES. (double occupancy for three nights including breakfast for 500 euro)BELLAUGELLO picture in the Diva Suite near Rome and Florence Italy, the Gay Guest House

An early flight this morning for two delightful guys flying back to Dusseldorf meant that I was already awake and serving breakfast when the phone rang;

Buongiorno Bellaugello

(in Italian) – “Do you have a room for this evening?”

Yes

“I see you offer a massage service”

Yes

Can I get an erotic sexual massage?”

Too damn early in the morning for such questions……….