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Wow! what a scorcher

Hot, hot sun today and I find myself busy cleaning :-(

Slight wispy clouds dot the azure sky, a light breeze, hot hot sun, and all around colour, spring bulbs and fruit trees in flower, the rosemary bushes at Bellaugello Gay Country House are buzzing with bees, honey bees too, obviously out on their first sunshine adventure.

My owl is back, once again nesting in the niche in the house by my sitting room window, I am careful not to disturb her, and the blue tits are again nesting in the cherry tree, somewhat surprising considering that we cut a huge section off the top only a few days ago.

News on the new website?  Well, it should have gone live, but there are some new technical problems still to resolve and so a slight delay.  Sorry chaps, I too find this most irritating, but alas, it cannot be helped.  Keep checking back, we hope to be online soon.

In the meantime I am back to the cleaning getting ready for Easter…  Have a great evening!

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Connecting from the USA and Northern Europe

Hooray for

getting to Bellaugello Gay Country House just got easier!

Not only do we have the new service of direct flights three days a week from Munich by Lufthansa into our local airport of Perugia “San Francesco di Assisi” coinciding with United flights arriving from New York and the USA and several other Canadian flights, a new Vueling service on Tuesday and Friday from Barcelona “El Prat” but also today Alitalia announced starting Sunday 29th March three daily flights from Rome Fiumincino all into our local airport of Perugia.

From Rome to Perugia daily

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From Perugia to Rome daily

Flights Perugia Umbria to Rome 2015 #Bellaugello

For all our guests wanting to avoid Ryanair there is now a great solution. 

Come and live Bellaugello…..

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A new look about to launch

 

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Sitting at my kitchen window watching the light rain fall to the Chiascio valley below, the surrounding hills lightly covered in mist, a quiet, still and somewhat magical day here in Umbria I have a great announcement to make;

After several months of work all is almost ready and the New Bellaugello Gay Country House website is about to be launched.

I have put a great deal of time and thought into the new website which will launch in the next few days, in three languages, English, Italian and Dutch.  We are going through the final checks and controls, doing last minute fine tuning ready to go live.

In the new site you will find greater descriptions, large format photographs and a completely new feel, giving a greater insight to Bellaugello.  The website is also responsive to both tablet and mobile, yes, we have finally caught up with technology.   The designers and I chose new colours and a new logo which feature elements intrinsic to Bellaugello,  they have stayed here so know what Bellaugello is all about.

This is one of my last posts on the current ‘old look’ blog, for my jottings are also being transferred to the new style.  Don’t worry the blog archive will still be available to view, I cannot loose almost six years and over one thousand posts of my blogging but like the website the new blog will be easier on the eye.

Keep checking back and please do let me know what you think to the new website and blog.

 

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Out and about, from garden to valley, yesterday at Bellaugello

 

A few views of Bellaugello Gay Country House taken yesterday. You see the west terrace, a glimpse of the vegetable garden, and in the distance the Apennines, Monte Subasio and of course the river Chiascio which we overlook from the terraces here at Bellaugello.  Today spring is certainly in the air.

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Introducing “M”

Saturday, picture day…

Times have been busy here at Bellaugello Gay Country House, but today we finally managed to stop and with the assistance of a table to balance the camera and the auto-timer we finally managed to take our picture…

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I’m not one for posting personal items on my blog, but this is important, because this year, and for future years to come guests will be welcomed to Bellaugello Luxury Gay B&B not only by me but also by Michael, my partner.

I am looking forward to welcoming back many returning guests, and introducing them to Michael, and together we are looking forward to welcoming so many first time guests already booked this year.  So don’t hesitate and book whilst there are still Suites available!!

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A warm welcome

Sunshine, delicious warm sunshine today and with the grass cut on the lawns at Bellaugello Gay Country House I was in time to ready the Giardino Suite for a couple of friends who telephoned this morning and are travelling through Umbria on their way to Siena which is not that far away and asked if they could call in and stay the night with us.

A warm spring welcome!  The Giardino Suite at Bellaugello Gay Country House, Umbria, Italy #Bellaugello

Although we are not yet quite open, that delight is for the 2nd April in time for Easter it is a good excuse to air a suite and have it checked out before the season.

The bedroom of the duplex Giardino Suite at Bellaugello Luxury Gay Bed and Breakfast in Umbria, near Florence and Rome Italy,#Bellaugello,#Gay

I so love the Giardino Suite, it is our duplex, the upper level shown in the photographs is dreamily romantic, a four poster bed from a palace in Sicily, and huge views south over the Chiascio valley towards Assisi.  Stairs lead down to the dining kitchen which I have furnished in a retro style, matching the light fittings and paintings I brought from Scotland, and of course the retro bathroom,The Bathroom of the Giardino Suite at Bellaugello Gay Gueat House in Umbria, Italy

both of which lead onto the private terrace, space for a large dining table, a couple of sun loungers and an outdoor shower….

The south elevation of Bellaugello Gay hotel in Umbria, near Florence and Rome, Italyand a few steps away from our infinity pool…

The infinity pool, winter slumber at Bellaugello Gay Agriturismo, Gubbio near Assisi, Umbria, ItalyA pool with a view, the salt-treated 15m x 5m infinity swimming pool at Bellaugello gay gasthaus, Umbrie, ItalieThe pool might not yet be open but it is looking good, the views are huge and the peace surreal.  It has been a wonderful day here at Bellaugello, and now as our friends arrive we will cook roast local lamb and vegetables bought from the market in Gubbio.  Accompanied by a Sagrantino from the gorgeous vineyard of Adanti it is going to be a super evening.

Are you still searching that ideal Easter break?  We have a few suites still available.  Why not come and join us?  Friday 3rd April sees the ‘Processione di Cristo Morto’ in our local town of Gubbio, a mysterious tradition dating back centuries…

Processione di Cristo Morto, Gubbio, Umbria as seen by guests of Bellaugello Luxury Gay villa rentalWe will dine in Ristorante dei Consoli in Gubbio on the Friday evening and on Sunday 5th as has become tradition we are all invited to lunch on a neighbouring farm to roll eggs and join in the festivities of a large Umbrian pranzo.

Pranzo di Pasqua a Pratale, Valdichiascio, Gubbio, Umbria, Italia

All that is asked is that guests bring a dish of food or speciality from their home town.  The weekend is very relaxed, Bellaugello is the place to unwind and re-charge, afternoon tea in front of our fire, long leisurely walks in the beautiful Umbrian countryside, our sauna will be lit, sweat off the extra calories…

BELLAUGELLO Gubbio, Umbria,  the sauna #Bellaugello-Sauna

Prices from 250 euro a person for the three nights.  To be one of the lucky ones send us an email to: book@bellaugello.com we look forward to meeting you.

 

 

 

 

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Digging in the garden

Potatoes, lettuces, onions from Tropea, garlic, artichokes all planted in the sun at Bellaugello Gay Country House

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Summer dining, spring planting

This morning I am off to the weekly market in our local town of Gubbio, it is still artichoke and orange time, they are abundant, and so good, but I am heading by way of the consorzio, the local farmers’ store for potatoes and then straight on to the stall run by the guy from Assisi who grows and sells the most amazing young vegetable and salad plants, and so we will start planting beans, salad leaves and potatoes in our vegetable garden here at Bellaugello.

This afternoon I am spending with a fellow hotelier discussing menus and looking at new recipes.  I am so looking forward to the summer at Bellaugello Gay Country House and our dinners served at our long table on the south facing terrace

Table at Bellaugello Gay Country House

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We are nearly Open!! 23 days to go

Time for cheery facts:  Here at Bellaugello Gay Country House all is good.

We are getting ready for the new season and will open for the  2015 season on Wednesday 1st. April.

Why not come and join us for Easter?  There are still some vacancies in our luxury suites.

Tulips on the terrace at Bellaugello Gay Guest House, Umbria, Italy #BellaugelloThe Azzurro Suite at Bellaugello Luxury gay resort in Umbria, Italy, europeThe weekend starts on 3rd. April with the ancient and deeply mystical “Processione del Cristo Morto” which takes place at sundown in the medieval city of Gubbio, our local town.  We have our favourite restaurant booked and will once again be there to witness this very special evening, as dignitaries and townsfolk process and chant throughout the centro storico.  Saturday is a day for exploring, the exhibition of Dinosaurs and the Gola del Bottaccione one of the few places in Europe where you can actually see the evidence of the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs,  If contemporary art is your pleasure then the unmissable exhibition of photographs by Steve McCurry runs until late April in Gubbio.  Return to Bellaugello Gay Country House and sweat a while in our sauna, before enjoying a dinner served around our family table.  Sunday and we are out for lunch in the valley.  Once again we will be rolling eggs and joining in the festivities, it has become a tradition here.  The quiet country lanes round Bellaugello give perfect possibilities for lazy walks and with the knowledge of returning to a blazing fire and afternoon tea at Bellaugello, your day or relax is almost complete.

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The primroses are in flower under the fig tree, we have been busy with our maintenance programme, kilos of orange marmalade are now bottled, the sauna is now looking resplendent with its new coats of wood preservative, the vegetable garden has been dug over, a few more days for the soil to dry out and we will be planting potatoes and beans, I am nearly done restyling one of the suites, and I have a great team of guys joining me for the season, all the vacancies are filled (more about the team in a future post)  and my two big pieces of news are imminent, one happening later today the other shortly…..  So much to do so little time to do it all!

 

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Incommunicado 

yesterday flurries of snow last night high winds and a day without electricity!

This morning white hills winds and still no electricity.  It is surprising just how much I rely on that invisible product.  Even the battery on my phone is dying and it is with the phone that I am making this post. I feel like an intrepid explorer sending out a last message from a remote bivouac 

Apologies for not being able to reply to emails. Hopefully normal service will soon be resumed. For now we are off to walk the dogs so at least they will be happy!

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