We have just had 8 days in heaven, courtesy of our wonderful host Alec. Bellaugello feels very remote, but is only a short drive on one of Umbria's famous (and very bumpy) 'white roads' from the main Perugia-Gubbio road. It is perched on the edge of a huge valley, with amazing views to the river, the hills and the mountains beyond. There are only 5 rooms and this feels more like visiting an old friend's summer retreat. Alec makes you feel right at home and appears to have all the time in the world to help and advise you, yet somehow everything runs like clockwork: the place is like a dream, a labour of love that apparently took 3 years to develop as a perfect oasis. If you prefer peace and quiet he's also very happy to leave you on your own. The gardens are immaculate. IN May when we visited everything was green and fresh after a rather wet spring - but in bright clear sunshine by the time we arrived. The breakfasts are generous and several nights a week he prepares dinner if you want it - a great time we had chatting to the other guests. Alec subscribes to Italys slow food movement and the produce is local (or even from his own garden) with home made bread, jams etc - and cordon bleu standards.
We stayed in the Giardino Suite, which is split level with a very private terrace, a large well equipped kitchen (which suited us as we cooked on the nights that Alec didn't) and a huge four poster bed with panoramic views across the valley. I will always remember waking up one morning and thinking we had been thansported to the sea side. The valley below was entirely filled with mist, while up top everything was perfectly clear and sunny.
Top marks to Alec and his assistants. Paul just started while we were there and made a very good impression.
This is a place to really get away from it all. There are great places to visit nearby (ancient towns and beautiful countryside walks) but we were inclined just to relax by the pool, or on our terrace, with a bottle from Alec's excellent organic wine selection, and watch the light change hour by hour.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Focused at the Gay Community, Bellaugello is a home where diversity and respect are valued. A warm and relaxing oasis between Rome and Florence and Rimini. The main house, recently restored offers individual luxury suites each with comfortable double bed, kitchen corner, sumptuous bathroom and outside a private terrace.Breakfast is served daily, Dinner with guests seated together is served three nights a week at our antique family table or on the terrace under the stars. In the large fragrant gardens, a 15 x 5m infinity salt treated clothing optional swimming pool. In cooler months we operate a wood fired Finnish sauna. Bellaugello is gay owned and managed. ... more less