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A beautiful Bellaugello day

and our infinity pool is glistening in the sun

And it’s waiting for you!

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Marmellata – vacanza – il tempo di staccare la corrente

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.

All credit to M & E e anche grazie a voi per la foto dal Vostro lavoro xox

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Phew! it sure is hot today…

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!

chilli at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria, Italy, Europe,

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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…

and did you really think I would post those pictures?


Merci beaucoup

Un grand “merci” à deux mecs magnifiques de France. C’était un plaisir de vous avoir séjourner a Bellaugello et apprendre à vous connaîtreBellaugello, Umbria, Italie - la piscine

Merci aussi pour la photographie

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So near yet so far

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!

Before departing a photograph or two was taken, and evidence for our mutual friends that Stuart and Richard did indeed make it to my delightful corner of Umbria, and Indeed I am delighted they did!Sturat and Richard at Bellaugello


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So excited!

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


Today’s delight

A YouTube link for a video of a couple of swimmers in the infinity pool at Bellaugello Gay Guest House

Men in the pool – Bellaugello

Thanks to “A” for posting the video to our Facebook page, more of his great work can be seen on YouTube

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And those Valkyries rode again!

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!


In case you never hear from me again – Web server issues

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.
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.
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.


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