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Comfortable Farmhouse Villa, sunny terrace, superb location. Sleeps up to 8.

Bedrooms 1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet


About the property

Farmhouse Villa in stunning countryside near shops, restaurants and sights

Casa Tersalle is a 300-year-old traditional Umbrian farmhouse, formerly occupied by a large local family, and forms part of a quiet hamlet nestled in beautiful, tranquil and unspoilt countryside. Situated in the northern part of Umbria, it is close (1km) to the border with Tuscany, making it an ideal location for visiting the towns, cities and villages of both Umbria and Tuscany. Surrounded by stunning countryside and woodland - great for walking - Casa Tersalle is also close to local sights, restaurants, shops and other amenities.

Guests have exclusive use of the house, which is on two floors, and all the rooms are light, spacious and comfortably furnished. We can comfortably accommodate a maximum of 8 guests. For up to 4 guests there are two bedrooms available, one on the ground floor and one on the upper floor, with the option of single or double beds. For more than 4 guests there is a third bedroom, with ensuite WC & handbasin, plus two single beds in the spacious living room. Outside there is a large sunny terrace, shaded in summer, where guests can eat al fresco while taking in the beautiful views. Below the terrace there is a small garden with sun loungers where you can relax in private. There is also a plunge pool (3.5m diam, 75 cm deep) where kids and adults can have fun and cool off on hotter days.

The Kiwi/English owners, who live in separate accommodation (in the former animal stalls!), are available for help and advice if required and both speak fluent Italian. While respecting guests' privacy, we are happy to share a bottle of wine and some of our experience and knowledge of things Italian after nearly 30 years of living in Umbria!

There are numerous bars and restaurants locally and many opportunities for walking and sightseeing in the area, as well as various weekly local markets. The art, culture, handicrafts and traditions of central Italy await you! The historic towns of Citta di Castello (Umbria) and Anghiari and Sansepolcro (Tuscany) are a 20 min drive away and various nearby medieval hilltop towns, each with their own character, are waiting to be explored. Assisi, Gubbio, Perugia, Spello, Spoleto and Orvieto (Umbria) and Florence, Siena & Cortona (Tuscany) are all within a pleasant 1-2 hr drive.

Why not have a wine-tasting experience in Montefalco, Montepulciano or Montalcino? We can also help if you would like to have an Italian cooking day. You could visit the Frasassi Caves - a great outing for families. Also within easy reach is Lake Trasimeno, with its beaches and shallow water - ideal for small children - where you can enjoy a fish meal and maybe take the short boat trip out to the island. For something different, there is Norcia, famous for its salami and wild boar sausages or, beautiful in early summer, there is the Pian Grande di Castelluccio covered with a carpet of wild flowers. All this and plenty more within a two hour drive of Casa Tersalle! At the house, there is a comprehensive information book to help you plan your stay plus plenty of maps and guidebooks.

At different times of year and particularly between June and October, there are various festival where you can get a flavour of the local culture. These range from music (classical, jazz, rock, blues) to food oriented events.

However you decide to spend your days, you can always keep in mind a return to the peace of Casa Tersalle, where you can have a dip in the plunge pool, relax on the terrace with a glass of wine, dine al fresco and enjoy the lovely views. We look forward to welcoming you!

More Details

Jane Karnac & Rob Backhouse
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
Calendar last updated:
9 April, 2018

About Jane Karnac & Rob Backhouse

We are a New Zealand/English couple and we embarked on our Italian life-adventure back in 1989 when we bought Casa Tersalle and had it renovated whilst camping at the property - lots of stories to tell there! We both speak fluent Italian and learning the language - and even some of the local dialect! - has over the years helped us to integrate into the community here and enabled us to offer help to guests when translation is needed. In addition to looking after our rental property, we have worked for many years as English language teachers in the area.

Now semi-retired, we are enjoying our new-found free time getting involved in local activities. We are keen hikers and continue to explore the local area and organise walks for local groups. We also like to make the most of the many local festivals (often with a food/drink theme!) and to indulge in the popular Italian pastime of eating out with friends at the many restaurants and pizzerie in the area.

Jane Karnac & Rob Backhouse purchased this villa in 1989

Why Jane Karnac & Rob Backhouse chose Monte Santa Maria Tiberina

In 1988-9 we first fell for and then bought Casa Tersalle for several reasons: the stunningly beautiful location (which we never tire of!), the wonderful views from the driveway and terrace, and the proximity to so many villages, towns and cities of Umbria and Tuscany. In addition, it has the advantage of a wide choice of airports to fly in and out of within a 1-3 hour drive. In the years we have been renting out Casa Tersalle, it has been a great pleasure to share all of this with our many guests, who have come here from all over the world.

What makes this villa unique

We like to do all we can to help guests have an enjoyable holiday and are available for a chat, help and advice as necessary. We are at the same time discreet and have no wish to impose on guests' privacy. We can help organise various activities like walks, winery tours, cooking days, and are always happy to give recommendations of places to visit and restaurants in the area!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Monte Santa Maria Tiberina in Province of Perugia

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom is large and has WC, handbasin, bidet and a full size bath with a shower over.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8
  • A large room on the ground floor, with lovely views. There is the possibility of 1 double or 2 single beds. There is a wardrobe, large chest of drawers and bedside tables with reading lamps.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Nearest Airport
68 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
70 Kilometres
Lake Trasimeno (Fano - 115 km)
Car: necessary


Lake Trasimeno, 1.15 hours by car, has beaches particularly suitable for children. Nearest coastal beach is 2 hrs by car.


Nearest airports: Perugia (Ryanair) - 50 mins; Florence (CityJet, British Airways, Vueling) - 1.30 hrs; Bologna (British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair) - 2.30 hrs; Pisa (Jet 2, Ryanair, easyJet, British Airways) - 2.30 hrs; Ancona (Ryanair) - 2.30 hrs; Rome (most airlines) - 3.30 hrs. Since public transport is very limited, a car is essential for staying at Casa Tersalle. The nearest mainline station is Arezzo (35 kms) which has good connections to Florence, Bologna, Rome.


The local village of Lippiano is 5 mins by car or an enjoyable 15 min walk; the small town of Monterchi, just over the border in Tuscany, is less than 10 mins by car. The larger, walled towns of Citta di Castello (Umbria), Sansepolcro and Anghiari (Tuscany) are a 15-20 min drive and Arezzo is 35 mins. Lake Trasimeno, Assisi, Perugia and Gubbio are approx 1 hour by car, and Florence, Siena, Cortona and Urbino can be reached in a pleasant 1 - 2 hour drive.

Further Details:

Lippiano has a 12th century castle, a church, a post office and a lively bar. Monterchi - less than 10 mins away over the bridge into Tuscany - has two banks, a chemist, a small well-stocked supermarket, a greengrocer's and several good bars and restaurants as well as a lovely park by the river with a children's playground area. It is also home to Piero della Francesca's fresco of the 'Madonna del Parto' (Pregnant Madonna). There are numerous medieval hilltop towns to be explored nearby, and the walled towns of Citta di Castello (Umbria) and Sansepolcro (Tuscany), a 15-20 min drive away, offer a wealth of historical, artistic and architectural interest. Both these towns have swimming pools. There are weekly markets in the local towns and throughout spring, summer and autumn there are regular festivals (often with a food theme!). Nearby the house, there are a number of good walks and an abundance of wildlife to enjoy. As well as a comprehensive information book, we have numerous walking maps available.

We can also organise local Italian activities for guests such as cooking lessons, truffle hunting, visits to vineyards with wine tasting, and oil-pressing, cheese-making....


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, Umbria

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
24 Mar 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
2 Jun 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
29 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
Late Autumn/Winter
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
Christmas / New Year
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A damage deposit of EUR 200 will be payable in cash on arrival and returned at the end of your stay less any costs for damage incurred.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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