Working under the Umbrian Sun

JOIN THE TEAM!  Come and enjoy life working under the Umbrian sun!  I am looking for enthusiastic dedicated guys to work here at Bellaugello Luxury Gay Guest House in 2015.

Ideally you will have experience in the hospitality sector, and be looking to expand your experience and share your professionalism.  Be it in the kitchen, or out front, I am looking to add to my existing dedicated squad.

Guys must have a love of working with people, be enthusiastic, ‘solare’ adaptable, and highly professional.  I run the best gay guest house in Italy and I need only the best staff. You will be part of a small eclectic team working with great guests in a fabulous environment, Bellaugello Gay Guest House really is is a great place to be.  Accommodation and meals together with a modest salary provided.

Are you interested in Cooking? Waiting? Cleaning? Gardening? Are you a qualified Masseur?  You don’t need to be gay, just be tolerant, fit, comfortable with nudity, and open minded.  English language essential, other languages a bonus. For an info pack send me your CV and a recent photo either by Skype “Bellaugello” or email:

And even if you personally are not looking for a position, but you know of a friend or colleague who might be interested in working here then please do pass on the info and contact details to them.

Magical and misty

The garden is happy, rain today! It is one of those magical misty mornings that Umbria does so well

Gentle rain, refreshing, cleansing

And an excellent day for scrumptious hot freshly cooked pancakes for breakfast!

As has been said “every cloud has a silver lining”

Another engagement at Bellaugello

They kept it quiet, so quiet, even I did not know until this evening when I received a delightful email from a couple of fantastic guys who, a couple of weeks ago officially got engaged here in the delightful romantic setting of Bellaugello.

I am so chuffed they chose Bellaugello Gay Guest House to affirm their commitment to each other.  They are really splendidly lovely  guys. Together with all the team I wish them every happiness.  LOVE IS IN THE AIR

The gay guest house in Umbria

Received from a recent guest whilst out walking in the quiet picturesque tracks of Valdichiascio, Bellaugello Gay Guest House nestling under the slopes of the Apennines:

Bellaugello Gay Guest House, Umbria, Italy

Thanks “D” for the photo


Look dad what I have just done all by myself!

Abbandonato shows off the new driveway at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria, Italy. Huge thanks to the builders for a splendid job.
just to prove he was helping Abbandonato did leave his paw prints in the wet cement

How to beat the rain

Not cold, but wet, damp and grey, this Sunday morning in Umbria, the sort of day for not getting out of bed, or just slopping around the house in pyjamas, lighting the fire and snuggling up with a good book and gently dozing.  It was not to be…

A flurry of emails, bookings are coming in thick and fast for spring and summer stays here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House, and each needed to be replied to swiftly.  In the midst of all a WhatsApp message:  “Hey Alec do you fancy coming to the Terme at S Rapalano?”  A text: “Alec come over to dinner tonight we are going to open our own Champagne and want you to be with us”

Neither offer could I refuse.  I packed my rucksack with towels, trunks and havaianas and drove up the road to meet my friend.  We nattered constantly on the journey into southern Tuscany and the spa town of San Rapalano.  The windscreen wipers squeakily un-enthusiastic in wiping the rainfall off the windscreen.  The spa was busy, the first car-park full of camper vans (families – young kids – noise – commotion) the second littered with smart shiny high spec cars (young Tuscan’s Christmas presents??).  The spa was busy, but as ever the water was warm and inviting.

Since my last visit they have remodeled the outdoor pool.  No longer is it a stark rectangle, gone the small deep plunge pools that lead to the giant but cool swimming pool on the lowest terrace.  Now is all sensual curves.  The serpentine curves give privacy, even the entrance steps of which there are many are set into small intimate basins.  The water inside was real hot, that outside cooler but very comfortable, the terme was indeed full of families, the beau monde of Toscana nowhere to be seen, unless they were all in the deep recesses of the pools….

Three hours later we were back on the road towards Perugia and Gubbio and then to drink champagne.   Bubbles, sublime bubbles – No! there were none, the cork just feebly fell out of the bottle, what a disappointment.  My host apologized then noticed the white collar around the bottle… “No” he exclaimed!  “this is not my champagne it is a friend’s wine and I put the white collar on to remind me but I forgot wheat it meant” (I so know the feeling – why, what is that, why did I do that, does it mean anything or is it merely decorative??)  Down he went to the cellar and swiftly back brandishing another bottle.

A flourish, off with the wire capsule, thumbs under the cork and pop!  the cork flew across the room hit the ceiling, and bounced along the entire length of the dining table.  The wine was ruby red, softly sparkling, dry and refined and without chemicals or sulphates. Utterly drinkable, divinely so……

A spa day followed by champagne dinner, wet on the outside wet on the inside, the life of an adoptive Umbrian peasant is not half bad.

Cozy times

Good morning all from Bellaugello Gay Guest House. This morning we are shrouded in mist, fleecy wispy and decidedly damp, so breakfast in front of a welcoming fire seems appropriate:


Another dreamily beautiful morning at Bellaugello, so why am I not happy?

It is indeed a beautiful morning here at Bellaugello, mist hangs low in the Chiascio valley below the house,the air is still, tranquil, and breakfast with today freshly home baked currant soda bread is laid on the terrace, so why am I angry?

Last night here in the dining room at Bellaugello gay guest house we served a greatly applauded dinner, unusually for us it was an all British table, and needless to say conversation flowed late into the night.

Add to that the fact that yesterday friends here in Valdichiascio started the vendemmia or grape harvest and we lunched on homemade lasagne in a sun filled courtyard under the dappled shade of strawberry vine, I should be to say the least content, but I am not, I am far from content. The reason?
A gay guest house in southern Italy… For probably the first time since I came to Italy I have a few free days in what can loosely be called the summer, and I want to get away to visit a part of Italy i have never been to, to be pampered, walk on sandy beaches, and dip my feet in the sea. So I googled it and blasted off an email to a few gay guest houses that guests here at Bellaugello have been to and talked about positively. One was in Sicily, it had no availability, so I waited for the reply from the second. More than a day later came the reply in the affirmative, yes, they had a room, and yes it was available. Yippee! My holiday was beginning to take shape.
Checking their website once again I reasoned that they had offered me a single room, now me being me I wanted to be spoilt, to indulge myself, so I wrote back enquiring of a large bright double room that had been suggested to me by guests at Bellaugello. I sent that on my business email address big mistake last night arrived a reply stating that all of a sudden they have the builders coming in and they no longer have rooms available! Strange eh? I thought so
Why is it that all of a sudden the builders are coming in? It might be true, but then again…. Let’s face it if you want to go on holiday to a gay resort in the south of italy you are not going to come to Umbria and vice versa. I simply want a nice place to relax and see some different scenery. I had thought to a relax in a gay environment, and to meet the owners and talk of working together to offer two centred holidays, a concept that to my mind is valid. All too often I am asked for advice on other places to stay in Italy and I am free with my recommendations, now alas no more! I don’t feel inclined to recommend them. Furthermore having researched train times and car rental I am to say the least q bit annoyed. I am now faced with finding another place for my few days away. I guess I might just have to fly from our local airport at Assisi to Barcelona and get to a Spanish beach. benvenuti in Italia!