Brexit, Brentry, in, out, shake it all about, shall we stay or shall we go? it has been a rollercoaster here the past week or so, meanwhile in the sleepy Umbrian countryside the show goes on and as ever I welcome back familiar faces, guest returning once again to spend their holidays at Bellaugello.  I believe their decision is a simpler and more informed one, they come here for the peace and quiet, the utter beauty of the place, a place where you can switch off and relax in the company of friends, often friends made here who too return.

I had voted, of course, and it has been interesting having had guests from both sides of the referendum staying, hearing their reasons and also the reactions of my other guests from other countries in Europe.  What has been shocking is the utter panic the result instilled to us immigrants and the ensuing frantic searches for European citizenship application forms and requirements.  I will apply for dual nationality, and maybe even triple nationality, I qualify for a third country’s citizenship, and might just bag both options.  More form filling and history lessons for me.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, it has been a bit shake and stir.  Our local town of Gubbio very generously gave funds to the Gay Pride celebrations held this past weekend in Perugia our regional capital.  I am delighted that my adoptive town have been so pro-active in their support of the gay community, it is really heartwarming and I thank them greatly.  Whilst still on comune talk I have been co-opted onto a tourism committee in our local town of Gubbio, and feel the responsibility to attend meetings that affect the tourism business.  I have spent several hours in meetings listening to how everyone expresses themselves, how frustrated and un-cordinated they are and just how at the final hurdle they are really only interested in self promotion, quite a sad eye-opener.  Talking of eye openers Mauro who is helping here was walking towards the house from the swimming pool when he nearly trod on a tiny bird.  He called me over and we discovered it had only one eye open, presumably the first attempt at flight was traumatic.  I fetched a napkin and placed the bird together with a tiny saucerette of water in one of the herb bushes, it winked at us through a groggy eye, but an hour later it had flown, happy to have been on help.

Needing a breather, @Bellaugello

Thinking of the pool, with the hot sunshine the water has reached a very acceptable 28˚c and guys have been enjoying themselves, raising the standards and yet more Bellaugello Backs for you…

Up up and away, guys in the pool at Bellaugello Gay Guest House, Umbria, Italy

The challenge for future guests seems now to be just how high you can lift your butt out of the water for the photo!!  “Oh really? Alec” I hear you say “whatever next??””

As well as relaxing poolside guests have enjoyed our barbecue evenings with food cooked over wood embers, sitting together on the terrace, under the stars surrounded by magical dancing fireflies.  We set an informal table for our bbqs, I like it that way, and hope that everyone will realise the informality and get up and help themselves, both to food and wines which we keep on the trust bar, and even help with the cooking, but, no, they prefer to be served, so that is what we do!

bbq evening, table set at Bellaugello Gay Guest House, Umbria, Italy

The fire heating for one of our bbqs at Bellaugello gay hotel, near tuscany, ItalieEnjoying the evening, guests @Bellaugello gay guest house, umbria, italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were a large group, it was a hugely delightful evening, bubbling conversation and lots of laughs and merriment.  The evening was a special one for me and two of my guests as back in April they got married and although this trip to Bellaugello is not part of the of honeymoon, we made it so with one of Isabella’s delicious semifreddo celebration cakes.

The warm weather has brought the colours out in the garden, the Fig of India cactus is especially grand this year and the lavender is just beginning to give generously of its heady perfume…

Fig of India in flower at Bellaugello Gay Guest House, Umbria, ItalyLavender in the garden @Bellaugello Gay Guest House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weather has not been so kind to everything, and Bobby my dear English Setter suffered a stroke.  He has had a rough time of it this year, what with being poisoned by the hunters and then an inner ear infection giving him vertigo, it was distressing when the other morning he quite simply could not get up out of his bed, he was lying splayed on the floor and his eyes were flickering vertically, as I knew from the last time a sure sign of a stroke.  Bundled into the car I drove him down the to the vet near Perugia, where my suspicions were confirmed.  Another two overnights at the vet’s and finally today I brought him home.  He is still weak and wobbly, but understandably seems so happy to be home.  Getting into the house he drank an entire bowl of water and thankfully he is eating well, even if I have to give him each piece of meat individually.  I have a whole bunch of medicines to give him, including a pill specifically to control Alzheimer’s wow! do dogs actually suffer from Alzheimer’s I did not realise.   So now as I type he is lying quietly at my feet, I do not want to think of the prognosis, but want to enjoy his company as he seems to want to enjoy mine, it will be a quiet evening this evening.

Just as other evenings are here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House.  So often after having cooked supper in their suites and eaten on their respective terraces guests meet up somewhere in our large open spaces and share a glass or two of wine,

it was a late night, @Bellaugello gay guest house, italie

Until the hour finally comes, long after the timer has automatically switched off the outside lighting and it is time to hit the hay.  Tomorrow is another day…

With temperatures reaching 33˚c today it was obvious that the guys were going to spend their day relaxing poolside at our magnificent infinity pool overlooking the beautiful Umbrian countryside, and at some time they were going to get too hot and as requested by the KLM Platinum guys pose for another in my series of “Bellaugello Backs”, so here it is, the evidence!

Hot guys in the pool @Bellaugello gay guest house, Umbria, Italy #eatbellaugello

The forecast is amazing, hot sun, and my guest list has many returning guys, and many more photo opportunities to come, but for now I too must cool off in the pool… so ciao for now!

It is always a huge pleasure to welcome returning guests to Bellaugello, indeed over the past few weeks I have had the enormous privilege of welcoming guests from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and the USA all of whom have been before.  Some have been before at the same time, others have made new friends, the Bellaugello network is ever growing.   Next week more returning guests, and with a few available suites mid July it could be you to make new Bellaugello friends, book now!

I was reminded this morning that KLM is a huge fan of Bellaugello, many of their dedicated team spend their holidays here, as did three couples who were celebrating milestone birthdays for whom we organised a special celebration dinner.

Any excuse for lobster, oysters, truffles, beef fillet and one of our chef Isabella’s divine semi-freddo celebration cakes is not to be missed, and so it was on Saturday we laid the table and our guests accompanied by a selection of ‘gay’ music partied the evening.

Oysters served at Bellaugello Gay Gueast House, Umbria, Italy #eatbellaugello Umbrian salami and cheeses #eatbellaugello Lobster salad #eatbellaugello

Today the sun is shining, news from Casteluccio di Norcia is that the flowers in the Piano Grande are just about to open, so within the next two weeks we will be making a trip there

Piano Grande, Norcia, Umbria #Bellaugello

otherwise life here at Bellaugello is easy, just take a good book, choose your sunbed, maybe one of our new double sunbeds…  and enjoy, soak up the sun, relax, a dip or two in our infinity pool, spoil yourselves, life is Bellaugello.

Flying to Bellaugello just got easier.  Lufthansa have a weekly service departing Munich Sunday morning at 11:00 and arriving into Perugia at 12:20 and for the month of August there is also a Thursday flight departing Munich at 15:10 and arriving into Perugia at 16:30 so guests from Scandinavia, the US and points north are able to make easy connections through to glorious Umbria.

Lufthansa flights Munchen-Perugia easy to arrive at Bellaugello Gay Guest House  Perugia S Francesco d’Assisi Airport: Click here for airport arrival times

I sit at my computer looking out into the early morning mist.  Today is starting off damp and still, the stillness punctuated by birdsong from unseen trees.  Early departures meant that I was up at 05:00 to serve breakfasts, and now having done some of my chores have time for a mug of tea and the mind to blog.

I’m not always the only one up early, the other day from my bathroom window I spotted guys with iPads in the early morning taking photos of the huge views we so enjoy here;

capturing the view @Bellaugello gay guest house, Umbria Italy

The past week has been fabulous, maybe not the best of weather, but great fun guests and lots of laughter and strange conversations.  The guys have been poolside and in the pool, and although the weather has not been overly kind to us it has not stopped guys from swimming in our infinity pool here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House adding to the beauty of the ‘Bellaugello Backs’ series.

#Bellaugellobacksin the pool @Bellaugello

We have dined well and celebrated a birthday, a chance for Isabella to show off her great skill in cake making, a luscious moist alcohol soaked sponge cake decorated in mega calorie whipped cream…

Birthday celebration @Bellaugello gay guest house, Umbria, Italy

Which of course we served at dinner that evening in the elegant atmosphere of our dining roomDinner @Bellaugello gay guest house, umbria, italy

It has been only a couple of times we have enjoyed breakfast on the terrace, but as the sun breaks through this morning I feel the weather is changing decidedly for the better.  We have had rain, but not the huge catastrophic quantities endured by southern Germany and mid France.  Our grass in the fields is flattened cutting hay will be a challenge this year, but it has been great for the roses which have bloomed so generously for many weeks.

The rain finally brought down a garden wall, seeping through the dry stones, one huge one dislodged and before more damage was done I decided it was time to rebuild and fortunately found a great builder who made a beautiful job in super quick time, a real credit to the skills of his masons.

Rebuilding the wall, Bellaugello Gay Guest House, Umbria, Italy At wall rebuilding, Bellaugello Gay Guest House, Umbria, Italy Dry stone wall @Bellaugello Gay Guest House, Umbria, Italy

I can now sleep more soundly knowing that I am not going to find cars fallen down a huge mud slide into the garden!  Yes, it is a weird time, hailstones in Gubbio recently did a lot of damage to cars and fruit buds alike, photos of the storm looked really wintry, luckily for us the storm did not arrive here, just another beautiful rainbow

another day another rainbow @Bellaugello gay guest house, Umbria, Italy

So today we kick off our ‘Singles Weekend’ a couple of days devoted to guys who choose to travel alone.  Tomorrow we are off on a cooking course and wine tasting, and on Monday we head to the hills to hunt for truffles.  The newly opened season has brought some whoppers, my neigbour’s grandson finding several huge examples.  Swelled by the rain they may be enormous, but are not the best, those we are to discover on Monday.

June and July are very busy here, I have the pleasure of welcoming back many familiar faces, some guys for the fifth time.  In late July and August we still have some suites available, and the forecast is for a scorching summer, so get booking