So good

This past week Bellaugello Gay Country House has been graced with the presence of Theodore who has been busy helping out whilst soaking up the hot Umbrian sunshine.

Theodore at the infinity pool at Bellaugello Gay Country House in Umbria, Italy, #Bellaugello

Theodore is a very experienced and fully qualified yoga teacher and masseur, and it has been a delight to have him here at Bellaugello, we are getting such great guys here in 2015!

Beginning to get it all back

Wow! technological problems have abounded.  I am SO tired of technological problems, I know that my emails are not getting through or being received, and for this I apologise, it is not as if I do not want to reply, I am simply not able to. Luckily I have great people with infinite expertise and patience helping me, some in Spain and one right here, and it seems that we are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel.

Anyway onto nice things, and that is Bellaugello Gay Country House which is looking absolutely splendid as a wee tour round the garden with my camera this morning shows:

Bellaugello the lower terrace Bellaugello the pool and upper terraces leading into infinity Bellaugello the steps drenched in spring colour Bellaugello the giardino terrace and lower lawn Bellaugello down the garden path Bellaugello the terrace in the sun colour in ghe garden at BellugelloCome and see for yourselves, the weather forecast is great and we have some suites still available.  Contact me on Facebook or through my blog.


Summer dining, spring planting

This morning I am off to the weekly market in our local town of Gubbio, it is still artichoke and orange time, they are abundant, and so good, but I am heading by way of the consorzio, the local farmers’ store for potatoes and then straight on to the stall run by the guy from Assisi who grows and sells the most amazing young vegetable and salad plants, and so we will start planting beans, salad leaves and potatoes in our vegetable garden here at Bellaugello.

This afternoon I am spending with a fellow hotelier discussing menus and looking at new recipes.  I am so looking forward to the summer at Bellaugello Gay Country House and our dinners served at our long table on the south facing terrace

Table at Bellaugello Gay Country House

Mmmmm…… It’s got to be done

Another glorious day, guys lazing by the swimming pool at Bellaugello Gay Guest House, soaking up the hot August sun and generally being sybaritic.
After such hedonism what better than to head to our local town of Gubbio for an aperitif

20130814-163950.jpg which we enjoyed on the terrace of bar Martintempo, before going up the road to ristorante Dei Consoli for dinner.
Now last night we were spoilt in a spectacular way at dinner with a tasty antipasto shared by all and liberally doused in truffle…. Grated by ourselves, quite divine!

Life in Umbria is a bit epicurean right now.

Sunny Saturday At Bellaugello Gay Guest House

TulipsA glorious morning, blue skies, big fleecy clouds, and so much colour in the garden here at Bellaugello Gay bed and breakfast.

Temperatures still rising we are up to 22˚c today and I need to get round to dusting down the pool loungers…. Looks like summer is going to be a hot one again!


Summer in the SUN – Work at Bellaugello

Fancy a summer job in the great Italian Sunshine?

At Bellaugello Gay Guest House we are looking to recruit a young enthusiastic dynamic conscientious cheerful (and cute!) guy who loves working with people for our busy summer season.

This post of GENERAL ASSISTANT would ideally suit a guy who has an interest in the hospitality business, maybe a student or recent graduate of a college or university course of hospitality or related field.  In exchange for board and lodgings and some financial remuneration we are looking for a guy happy to take on flexible working pattern whose duties include helping at breakfasts and dinners, pool maintenance, cleaning, gardening/watering plants, and kitchen help.  Of course the successful applicant will be working in a friendly environment, Bellaugello is run along the lines of a home, and be able to make use of the infinity pool and facilities at Bellaugello.

Post dates: Mid May to Mid October – Do you yourself or do you know someone who might like to take up this opportunity – even for a couple of months in the summer,   Email Alec for a job description with some details about yourself and current photo to:


Are you a MASSEUR?   Do you know of a masseur who would enjoy a summer in the sun?  At Bellaugello we are frequently asked for a massage service.  Masseuse there are plenty, and great ones at that, but the guests want a masseur.  If you fit the above job criterion and would like to do the above GA job and in your free time as a qualified masseur work on your own account as a masseur then drop Alec an email.

If you would simply like to offer a massage service at Bellaugello get in touch all the same by email:  Please note we are a small guest house and unable to guarantee a minimum number of massages, but will gladly put you in touch with other hospitality business in the area.

Previous applicants need not apply


An invitation from my good friend Ben to travel down with him to Rome for a day’s sailing on our good friend Adolfo’s boat meant rare escape for me from Bellaugello Gay Guest House.

We set off in tandem, two cars in parallel down the superstrada and this morning stocked up on goodies for a picnic aboard.  Roman pizzas, cacio e pepe, fresh fruit galore and wonderous light sfogliatelle, those heavenly ricotta and orange pastries from Naples,and so to the marina.

The wind was negligible, indeed zero..

but that did not stop us having a great day out the sun was hot, real hot, little swell and finally just enough breeze for us to sail at a modest 6 knots, bliss….

All bright in the Bellaugello garden

The last few weeks of sunshine and a good bit of watering have brought the gardens here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House on a treat.  The wisteria is beginning to bloom and the tree paeonies and camellias are bursting forth with their crimson and scarlet blooms.

It has been an eventful week, as a precursor to Easter, really most entertaining, there always seems to be something to do or somebody calling round for a chat or a cup of coffee.

The presence of good friends of mine from Santa Cristina over to see the Finnish sauna and panoramic terrace gave two great guys from Holland who were just about to depart for the next stage of their holiday the chance to ask for their visit here at Bellaugello to be captured on camera with me in the centre…  Shame they caught me unprepared in my gardening kit and those dreadful crocs… oh the shame, I must get some new gardening shoes!!

Great meeting you Rob and Ivo and thanks for sending me the photo