Yet again another sunny day and as I was pressure washing the terraces and sundecks my thoughts turned to summer here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House. Like my guests, I love my swimming pool. It is 15 metres long, with an infinity edge giving a huge view to the south over the beautiful Umbrian countryside. Today I am the only person at the pool, in the summer it is busy, guys soaking up the sun, swimming, reading, chatting, gazing longingly at the huge view (and each other). This is the place to be, a place where you can breathe and simply let the cares of the world pass you by.
There is no nasty chemical chlorine in the pool, instead we treat the water with natural chlorine made by passing lightly salted water over electrolytic plates, the result clean safe water so much kinder to your skin and the environment. To answer your question no, the water is not salty like sea water, there is a much smaller percentage of salt than you find in the sea.
Oh my summer thoughts lead me to the series of “Bellaugello Backs” photo section on my blog. This series started early one spring morning when there was a guest in the pool gazing into the distance and I asked if I could take his photo to use on my blog. Little did I know then that this first posted photo would grow into the Bellaugello Backs series and over the following seasons feature many guests. One day a gorgeous guest asked if I could add his photo to the set and if he could lift himself up on the infinity edge. He did so and I took some photos, thus expanding the series to Bellaugello Backs and Butts! I have one rule for the series; no ‘dangly bits’, I want this blog to be suitable for even my grandmother to read, so no frontal nudity is permitted. In all honesty it was also meant to be backs view, no faces, thus preserving anonymity, but faces creep in now and then, happy about that!
Anyway I digress, as the title of this post implies the subject should be Mauro, one of the Bellaugello team of 2016. To my delight and that of I know many guests, Mauro has confirmed he will be returning to the Bellaugello team for the 2o17 season from mid May to end September.
For those of you who have yet to meet Mauro, a little introduction; He is from deep in the south of Italy, Puglia, smiles alot, has a wicked sense of humour, speaks great English, and is here as my general assistant, will be here to serve breakfasts and dinners, and will be in charge of our new poolside cocktail hour (more details of that to follow). In fact as you will discover he is a great guy and a valued member of our team.
In the afternoons you will usually find him poolside relaxing or chatting on the phone (at length..) to his partner. Having asked Mauro for a photo of his to add to this post as to introduce him to you, I come back to my glorious swimming pool, for he sent me this one:
This past winter Mauro has gained a qualification in massage therapy and I am delighted to announce he will be our in-house masseur, offering relaxing Swedish massages to our guests. We have a glorious quiet shady terrace deep in the garden where his massage table will be set up, and you can enjoy your treatment listening to birdsong, the breeze rustling in the trees, and the burbling river deep down in the valley below, so very much nicer than being stuck in some featureless room in a spa.
It could be you. To be featured in my ‘Bellaugello Backs’ series join us and stay at Bellaugello, I’m always on the look out for new guys to add to the collection.