If you have ever fantasized about living in a stone farmhouse in a picture perfect location in Italy, then this is the place for you. Want to take it further? Shop in the local stores for your dinner items and prepare the meal in your kitchen. Add some wine and the dream becomes reality. We did this two of our four nights stay, and really enjoyed it.
That’s how we felt during our stay at this very special hideaway. From the moment you arrive you are transported into an impressionist landscape painting, and it is hard to wander away.
We stayed in the Giardino suite which faces south into the valley. On the entrance level is a charming bedroom with a canopy bed, two chairs, and a dresser table. Two French windows open to a most memorable view of the valley. There is no air conditioning. During our stay, it was very warm, but the room cooled down nicely by bedtime. Downstairs is a cute retro looking kitchenette, a table for four, and a modern new bathroom. These rooms both had doors out to a stone patio and that beautiful view. The lower level stone terrace had a table for two and two lounge chairs. There is also an outdoor shower which was fun to use. There is also wireless internet available. At first we were not sure about our room choice, since the space was broken up on two levels, but we quickly changed our minds and would want this suite again if we came back. The view, terrace, and privacy are well worth a slight inconvenience of the stairs.
As all have said, Alec is an excellent host. Besides being easy to chat with, he was very helpful in guiding us around Umbria. Breakfast, which we ate at the outdoor table each morning, was a nice treat with fresh baked goods, juice and teas. Some cereals would have been a great addition to the mix. We also had dinner one night with Alec and some of the other guests and really enjoyed the meal and the conversation.
The pool setting at the hotel is great, and even though the pool was pretty cool, it is hard not to jump in and take it all in. Each day we made sure we had some down time by the pool, and also made sure we made it back in time each day to watch the sun set over the valley.
The location of the hotel is pretty good for touring the beautiful Umbria countryside. If you are staying for a few days, you should be able to make it to the main touring towns with time to spare and relax back at the hotel. If you have interests in Tuscany, it would be at least two hours one way before you can start reaching tourist sites.
The much talked about last quarter mile of the road to the hotel is really not that bad - after the first time you travel over it. The nearest town, Gubbio, is about fifteen minutes away and has restaurants and stores to meet your needs, all in a charming medieval setting.
A charming stone farmhouse set overlooking a picture perfect valley, a great pool to relax by, a friendly host, all combine to make for a great stay that you will remember for a long time.
- 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