I am delighted to announce Bellaugello’s collaboration with the language school of  Lingua Più based in Città di Castello.  We have put together a week of total immersion in Umbrian culture. This course is specifically tailored for gay guys, and is your chance to learn Italian in an informal way whilst visiting historic towns such as Assisi and Perugia, being driven the ‘Strada di Sagrantino’ the fabulous wine road of Umbria – of course with wine tasting 😉  guided tours of museums, the fabulous Burri Foundation, and experiencing a day on a working farm, all accompanied by staff of Lingua Più.

#Bellaugello Lingua Più language course

La mia Umbria – Italian language course tailored for gay guys

Based at Bellaugello Gay Guest House with its wonderful infinity pool, your days with a driver will be accompanied by professional teachers of the language school Lingua Più who personally know this beautiful region and will teach you how to make the most of your Italian experience.  There are 56 hours tuition in the course.  Courses are available throughout the season Bellaugello is open.  Get a group together and book the whole guest house and live la dolce vita!

Gay Italian language course based at Bellaugello Gay Guest House

Italian language course tailored for gay guys based at Bellaugello

Book direct with the language school by clicking here: Lingua Più Language School where you will also find full details of the programme of this wonderful week.

A stunningly quiet and tranquil dawn.

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I always consider myself fortunate to be living in such a beautiful part of Italy. Birdsong fills the air, there is a light mist hanging in the valley below, spring flowers are in full bloom, blossom fills the garden and oh I nearly forgot to write that our owl has once again returned to nest in the hole in house that has become her home. Debris on the terrace below heralded her return, it is her spring cleaning time, the time she clears out her nest ready for her new chicks.
We too are at the final spring cleaning stages, as we open for the season on 29th of this month and are looking forward to welcoming many guys who have stayed before and to meeting and welcoming many guys who are booked to stay here at Bellaugello Gay Bed and Breakfast for the first time.

The Singles Weekend 4 – 7 April is fully booked, thanks guys for your great response. We have thoughts to organise another in the autumn, keep checking the blog for updates.

Easter is not far away. This year we are breaking with tradition and having lunch here at Bellaugello. We have a great Italian/Scottish menu priced at 30€ guests will all be seated together round one table. We still have availability for the Easter weekend

Our hiking week 3 – 10 May is proving popular, so come on all you energetic guys grab the chance for some great walking in the beautiful Umbrian countryside you are not too late to grab your hiking boots and book a suite.

The summer months are already very busy some suites booked right through, for you late bookers we still do have some availability so it is still very much worth giving us a call or sending an email and booking to spend your summer holiday here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House.

Travel to Bellaugello is easy through Florence, Ancona, Rome or Perugia airports. Car hire available at each airport, or we can organise a chauffeur driven transfer to bring you direct to the resort. And for those looking to complete indulgence we even offer to do an initial shop for you, and place a hamper of groceries in your suite awaiting your arrival.

For those of you that want to really indulge your husband or boyfriend we have a great sparking rosé wine, a box of chocolates and a bouquet of red roses we can place in your suite. Check the boxes on our booking form on the website, we are always delighted to personalise your stay with us.

And for those of you looking for complete relaxation we have engaged the services of Massimiliano a fully qualified physiotherapist, with a masters qualification in muscular and skeletal disorder treatments, he is a super masseur and will be available on Saturday afternoons for massages and to treat any aching backs or joints.

I am so looking forward to welcoming friends old and new to this delightful corner of Umbria, Italy.

The saga of the roads here continues…
Something in me does not want to write about he subject, so angry and disillusioned I have I become. Last week a neighbor called in distress, the road leading to his house and thence on to a further thirty people had fallen into the field below. It was as if somebody had sliced the road like a cake and tipped the lower part into the field below.
He called the comune who sent an engineer, who then called one of e neighbours affected by the landslide and who just happens to own an excavator to come and tidy up the road. Then the comune came with a lorry and poured a one of dirt in the middle of the road, put up two signs stating th road had collapsed and now traffic has less than half the rad to pass by on. Alarmingly the remaining part of the road is cracking and looks suspiciously unstable.
Yet another letter was written and signatures taken this time to the Procura di Perugia, one level higher explaining the inherent danger.

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Meanwhile on the other side of the valley the road has exploded! With all the rain and lack of maintenance water has got under the surface of the road, and sought the easy way out, the centre of the road and burst forth..

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We are still awaiting a reply from the Commissario to whom we addressed our petition, and in e meantime a neighbour of mine traveling home after work the other evening came to the blown section of road to find the grandson of one of our neighbours out with a shovel trying to flatten the exploded road and fill the holes. When my neighbour stopped the car to ask what the young lad was doing, he is only about fifteen years old, he replied,”well the comune are doing nothing, we cannot pass so I thought to help”. How public spirited of him, I applaud his efforts, but at the same time am horrified that the comune have got us to the stage where a fifteen year old is in a country lane at dusk trying to fill the holes in the road. È davvero vergonoso!
Last night another meeting, telephone calls and a decision to return once again to the comune to demand action. We were three this morning at the office in Gubbio, all neighbours from the valley, all from different backgrounds but with a common aim. 10 am the office opens, it is only open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday morning (10-13) and Lo and behold! There was nobody there….
A young girl in charge of maintaining street lighting in the 700km of roads in the comune of Gubbio was fielding calls. Eventually she was freed up and tried to explain the situation. She could not help us, we needed to speak the of two directors but both were out of the office. We could not help but overhear here conversation and subsequent explanation to us of the situation. She has a team of two electricians, they alone are responsible for maintaining all the street lighting throughout the comune area. She received a budget of 22,000€ last year for all equipment, cables, bulbs, street lights etc……. no wonder nothing works
We have to go back this afternoon to meet one of the directors who should be in the office, it is so lucky I don’t have anything else to do but chase after council officials. And don’t let him dare say “we don’t have any money”
Word on the grapevine is that the Commissario will not reply to our petition as she has only another two months in post and”what is the point of doing anything”
Rantone? giusto?

The sun has returned, and it is warm here in Umbria.  This morning I awoke at Bellaugello Gay Guest House and really surprisingly there was frost on the ground, the first frost of this winter.  Why oh why does it have to be frosty the morning after I cut and fertilised the lawns?  Last week continual rain and warmth mean the the lawns were looking bedraggled to say the least,  and it was clearly time to give them a trim.  Unashamedly early in February, but necessary.  So out with the big red cutting machine and up and down up and down, the result pleasing.  Then a bucket full of fertilizer and handfuls strewn on the cut grass, This morning frost.

So anyway frost or no frost, I had to be in Perugia this morning, off I trotted by the time I left Bellaugello it was bright sunlight, clear air, freshly washed countryside, so sunglasses necessary the car temperature gauge registering 20˚c.

Down to the agricultural merchants for their great fertiliser and a bag of lawn seed.  It is my annual pilgrimage  for the bags of lawn treatment, why change a successful regime.  Next door under the same ownership as the merchants there is a garden centre, a stroll through the depleted shelves thinking I might find some bargains and especially some nice roses, and a couple of hydrangeas, but no, the roses were all tired and sad, left over from last year, unwatered,unkempt and unloved, and the hydrangeas tiny and exorbitant.  I checked the labels of the plants, stalks cut well down, ‘likes sun or partial sun, do not prune’.  Haha!  They will be ideal I have a friend with a shady space between two buildings and he has filled it with huge terracotta pots planted with large hydrangeas, an effect owing to our south facing aspect, I cannot re-create here at Bellaugello.  However I want them for the bed outside the terrace of the Specchio Suite, although it too faces west and south it is shaded by a hedge and the roses I planted do not like the soil, so I thought to plant Hydrangeas, a big boosomy queenly flower, but they will not be coming from this garden centre.

I came away with a bird box. the softie in me loves the wild birds in the garden, from the smallest to the largest, yes, the owls are calling already.  As guests will remember Jenny is intrigued by the pair of blue tits that nest in the cherry tree by the main terrace, and their nest is in a particularly vulnerable place, so having spied a bird nesting box, I just had to have it.  I hope that a pair of birds use it to make their home there instead of the kamikaze cherry tree, or if not another pair make use of it.  There is already a pair of blue tits nesting in the beam above the entrance to one of the Suites, I see them darting out from under the eaves, joy to early spring days.

Next stop the huge pet store for dog food, then a small store for Alec food, and back up the hill to Bellaugello.  Ambling along I noticed the farmers out pruning their olive trees and also their vines.  Near Perugia they are in the Tiber valley and they are lower in altitude than we are here in Valdichiascio, so maybe they start the vines earlier.  I have already been pruning olive trees, discovering new ones in the jungle and hedgerows, the mild weather meant that I could prune with impunity…  like those words together!  but I have not got into the vineyard.  I decided to return to the olive trees, a bit hesitantly as there might again be frost again tonight.  I have a couple of large limbs that I want to take down with the chainsaw, I thought best not to, as the frost if it happens will not help the plants, so instead just a gentle prune of small branches and deadwood and I am wishing for no frost tonight.

Jenny kept me company in the Apetto, she has become a real farm dog.  Every time she sees the tools heading Apetto way she is there and first into the cab.  I am still mildly surprised that my day involves decisions on pruning grape vines or olive trees.  Several years ago in Scotland if somebody had bet me that I would have such decisions to make I would have had them certified.  However I am glad I do, being so close to the land here is a very important part of my life and running Bellaugello.