Temperatures are reaching the high thirties centigrade, the infinity pool is a refreshing 29˚c and we have a splendid group of guys from various European countries staying.
Today I feel lethargic, finally this evening there is air and it is a bit cooler, I type outside on my terrace after a simple supper shared with Matthieu the guy who is here at Bellaugello so cheerily helping out and making sure that the guests have a good time. Work for me goes on, ensuring that the guys have a great holiday, that is what I and my team are here for and that is what I enjoy most. This year more than ever it has been obvious that guests come here to switch off and relax, they do not want to be organised or be bothered with making decisions, even the odd excursion to some of the beautiful medieval hilltop Umbrian towns have been curtailed, instead bronzing around the pool sipping cocktails is the order of the day.
It has been so rewarding to welcome back so many repeat guests both from Italy and abroad, last week 80% of the guests had been to Bellaugello before, many on more than one occasion, several have become good friends, it is so nice to welcome them all back, and to find out from them just how the Bellaugello network is growing, friends are being made all over the world. One half of a super couple here from the UK pointed out some of the failings and offered many suggestions for fine tuning the new website that I feel I must take him on as my honorary IT consultant, it is so helpful to have a view from the ‘customer’s’ side, thanks ‘R’.
Of course we have been barbecuing and with huge thanks to P & M from France there is another photo of the cook and this time his accomplices!
So good to welcome my friend and neighbour Ben who joined us for the BBQ and brought a huge basket of figs from his farm, most of which went into cakes we serve for breakfast here at Bellaugello Gay Country House. Yummy!!
The other evening after dinner there was a need to cool off and a midnight skinny dip for some…
I even had the pleasure of a return visit of the first guy of the Bellaugello Backs and Butts series, not the Bellaugello Backs but the second series! Although his photo is an inspiration and he is a super nice guy alas he does not appear in this series of photos, I will have to get him next visit..
Naturally these guys in the photo showed admirable and beautiful courage and do the series proud!
News from the valley has been mixed, a sudden death of a neighbour put a huge damper on local spirits, the guy was young and leaves a widow and young son, the funeral was, I believe very well attended. On a cheerier note my dear friend Micaela has launched her range of handmade made to measure shirts both for ladies and gents. Micaela as wall as being beautiful creates beautiful things and as a stylist has recently posted on Instagram some amazing photo of some of her creations, you will find them at italiancollective on Facebook or Instagram @italiancollective Do check it out and order your very own tailor made shirt, I’m placing my order right now.
Last night I took my team for an evening out in our local town of Gubbio, we enjoyed a meal together, a good gossip and a leisurely stroll to the beautiful Piazza Grande, of course stopping on the way for a gelato, it it summer in Italy afterall!