The guys at Bellaugello Gay Guest House have been busy relaxing, a paradox or what? Gay holidays do not only have to be centred on our infinity pool soaking up the sun and admiring other guys’ physiques. Nor do they have to be holidays reading books interspersed with sleep or partying, or eating, nor necessarily visiting museums and looking at glorious pictures and homo-erotic frescoes, nor climbing hills and trekking kilometres, or walking leisurely down to the soft flowing river Chiascio below the house for a skinny-dip, activity or relax, there are always a multitude of things to do, and I am intrigued by just how inventive and creative some of my guests are when on holiday here in sun kissed Umbria
One couple of guests have been out combing the country lanes and byways collecting wild fruits and sitting in the terrace of their suite here at Bellaugello, cleaning and picking over the fruit, borrowing our equipment from the kitchen and then in their kitchen in their suite boiling and bottling, making an amazing array of jams.
Glorious summer weather here in Umbria. The sky may be dotted with clouds but the sun is shining brightly, the breeze is a hot sirocco and the day is real hot. I am busy in the kitchen preparing dinner for the guys. Indeed HOT!
I awoke early and looked out of the bedroom window to discover one of my guests here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House busy with the pole and net cleaning the pool. On further inspection I discovered the pool to be full of naked guys taking an early morning dip…
Merci aussi pour la photographie
Last spring a great friend wrote and told me of friends of theirs who were planning a three month sabbatical here in Umbria and asking me if I could offer assistance with any ‘settling in’ problems that might arise. Subsequently email contact was made with the friends and I learnt that they were renting a house in Montecastello di Vibio a lovely Umbrian village near Todi, south of lago Trasimeno, maybe less than one hour from Bellaugello Gay Guest House.
Anyway, what with one thing and another we never actually got round to meeting. Despite my promises to break away from Bellaugello and take a lunchtime excursion to visit, I never quite managed, so eventually the week before the guys are due to return to the UK they called in on their way back from a break on the Adriatic coast, and visited me here at Bellaugello.
We enjoyed a leisurely lunch on the sun soaked terrace, a simple pasta with sauce made from vegetables taken this morning from the orto, and a lively conversation comparing notes about expat life in Italy… much to agree on there!
Our latest arrival…
The first in a series of specially commissioned chairs all with a “Bellaugello Back’s” theme.
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 YouTube link for a video of a couple of swimmers in the infinity pool at Bellaugello Gay Guest House
Thanks to “A” for posting the video to our Facebook page, more of his great work can be seen on YouTube
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..
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.
And then as the storm rode to the Apennines, the most amazing beetroot coloured clouds, 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,
It is as if last night did not happen!
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