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The Borromini Ensemble

`Pearls of the Baroque': Sarah Westwood (soprano), Alan Davis (recorder), Jean Gubbins (cello), and Richard Silk (harpsichord) will perform music by Bach, Handel, Telemann, Purcell, Couperin, and Vivaldi, on Fri., 22 May, 7.30 p.m., in the Holywell Music Room. Tickets £7 (concessions £5) from the Playhouse Ticket Shop at Blackwell's, tel.: Oxford 261384, and at the door.

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Prints of the Night

A selling exhibition of artists' etchings and engravings. Night scenes 1508--1997. Works by Durer, Rembrandt, Pissarro, Munch, and many others. Organised by Elizabeth Harvey-Lee at Sanders of Oxford, 104 the High, Oxford. Open daily, 10 a.m.--6 p.m., 16--25 May.

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The Ladies Looking Glass

Shinead Pratschke, Amanda Boyd, Louis Mott, Diana Moore, and Christopher Gould will perform songs from Purcell, Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Noel Coward, and others. Fri., 5 June, 7.30 p.m. at the Yolande Paterson Hall, Farringdon Road, Abingdon. Tickets £8.50 (adults), £6 (students/concessions). Contact 01235 532012.

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Whitfield Institute

Is the Watchmaker Really Blind?---reflections on the origin of the cosmos and life in the light of the Bible. Dr John Lennox (Senior Fellow, Whitfield Institute; Research Fellow, Green College) will speak on Mon., 18 May, 7--9.30 p.m., in the Witts Lecture Theatre, Radcliffe Infirmary, Woodstock Road. Tickets £5 (concessions £2.50).

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Museums Week 16--24 May

Conservation events in Oxfordshire: for full programme of open conservation studios and tours, conservation exhibitions, and lectures, see Web site: http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/boris/conservation/oxuniv/musweek.h tm.

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Tuition Offered

Summer Arts Course for 10 to 14 year-olds; range of media inc. photography, ceramics, painting, drawing, computer graphics. Suitable for all levels---beginner to advanced. Small groups and experienced tutors. d'Overbroek's College, 1 Park Town, Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 310000.

Piano lessons: experienced teacher. Adults and children. All grades. Beginners welcome. Miss P. Read, BA (Hons.), LRAM. Jericho. Tel.: Oxford 510904.

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Services Offered

Frederick and Sudabeh Hine import old and new Persian carpets from Iran and sell direct to the public. We usually also have a good selection of hand-knotted rugs and runners from Turkey, Afghanistan, and China. Our Beluch tribal camel/tent bags make splendid cushions. Come and browse without obligation. Low prices, special offers, home trial. First class repairs and cleaning. Usual business hours are 10 a.m.--6 p.m., Mon.--Sat. Ring first or just drop in. Old Squash Court, 16 Linton Road, North Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 559396.

Personal Computer Consultants: we offer expert advice and tuition for both hardware and software. On-site service at home or in the office. We provide upgrades for most computers or alternatively we will supply or source hardware or software to your requirements. For a quality service matched with competitive prices, contact Chris Lewis. Tel./fax: Oxford 461333.

Bespoke Garden and Landscape Design: `one off' consultancy visits, or sketch and scaled layouts, planting schemes, construction details, and site supervision, as desired. Nationwide service from Oxford/Gloucestershire base. Chelsea Gold Medal 1996 and 1997. Jacquie Gordon BA Dip LA (Glos) ALI. Tel./fax: 01531 822743.

Oxford University Newcomers' Club. The club exists to welcome to Oxford the partners and families of academic visitors and graduate students. Come along to the Club rooms at 13 Norham Gardens, and sample our programme of events and outings. We are open each Wednesday morning, 10.30--12 noon, from the week before term starts to the week after term, also throughout the summer vacation.

Long established Oxford builder (25 years). Property maintenance, renovations, extensions. Every aspect of the building trade covered. Free estimates. Academic references available. Richard Edwards, tel.: Oxford 343562.

Tax advice: ex-KPMG Chartered Accountant specialises in assisting academics and other professionals with their tax affairs, inc. self-assessment. Convenient North Oxford premises. Tel.: Oxford 513381, fax: 558064, e-mail: 100430.145@compuserve.com.

Wise Owl Educational Software: the only UK children's shareware library, est. 1991. Specialising in educational programs and games (DOS, Windows 3.1 and 95) for all PCs (XTs to Pentiums). 800+ titles for ages 2--16+. 3.5" and 5.25" media. Free newsletter and advice. Tel.: 01235 529808 (Mon.--Fri., 9 a.m.--5 p.m.), e-mail wiseowlsw@aol.com (Web site http://members.aol.com/wiseowlsw/index.html).

Simple Kitchens and Furniture: kitchens, free-standing and fitted furniture made to suit you. Using traditional furniture-making techniques and the finest materials, our work is built to last. Our friendly, personal service is second to none. Contact Thomas Heidkamp, tel.: 01844 353338, for a no-obligation consultation.

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Domestic Services

Au pair or nanny wanted to look after boy (6) and girl (5) in quiet, friendly household in central North Oxford. Starting mid-June; live in or out. Permanent position available, but would consider temporary help until end of Aug. Must have previous childcare experience, be 20+, and non-smoker. During school holidays: full time, during school terms: afternoons (plus 1 hour in morning before school if possible). Tel.: Oxford 552518 (after 8 p.m.).

Carpet/upholstery/curtain cleaning by Grimebusters, your local specialists. Quality work, competitive prices. Domestic, commercial, college. Also carpet/upholstery stain protection, pre-occupancy cleaning, flood cleaning/drying, oriental rug cleaning. For free estimates and friendly advice, call Grimebusters. Tel.: Oxford 726983 or Abingdon 555533.

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Situations Vacant

Excellent typist wanted for 4--5 mornings per week, 1--2 hours per morning. Suit someone working from home who has a sense of humour and can take shorthand or fast longhand. Interesting work! Please tel.: Oxford 511357.

Laboratory technician required for St Clare's, Oxford. This is a part-time post to start in late Aug. 1998. We are looking for a well-organised, practical person who would enjoy working with young people (aged 16--20) in an international community. Previous laboratory experience and appropriate qualifications are essential. The post is for approximately 28.5 hours per week during the academic year of 36 weeks. Further details from Maria Andrews, Office Manager, St Clare's Oxford, 139 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7AL. Tel.: Oxford 552031, fax: 310002. Closing date: 25 May.

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Houses to Let

Comfortable, semi-detached house in Marston, available May. Newly refurbished. Fully furnished to a high standard. Three bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, fitted kitchen, gas c.h., bathroom with power shower, garden. Quiet position with views of central Oxford; close to JR Hospital and cycle track across Parks to city centre; good bus route. £750 p.c.m., plus bills and Council Tax. Tel.: Oxford 874310, e-mail: markchapman@ripon-cuddesdon.ac.uk.

North Oxford : 3-bedroom detached house in secluded drive; washing machine, drier, garage, maintained garden backing onto playing fields. Convenient for shops and schools. Available Sept. 1998--Jan. 1999, shorter or longer period considered. Suit visiting academics. £925 p.c.m., inc. Council Tax. Tel.: Oxford 722630.

West Oxford: terrace house in excellent condition; 3 bedrooms (inc. 1 study bedroom); 10 minutes' walk to central Oxford, 5 minutes' walk to station; in quiet cul-de-sac overlooking playing-field; fully furnished and equipped (gas c.h., fireplace, phone, TV and video, fitted kitchen, washer-drier, fridge, freezer, microwave). Small garden with sunny patio. Available 1 Aug. 1998--31 Aug. 1999 (dates flexible). £750 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 794232, e-mail: h.j.glock@reading.ac.uk.

Available beginning July for 6--12 months plus: 3/4 attractive Victorian terrace house, central North Oxford. Suit family. Three double bedrooms, 28-foot sitting-room, bathroom, kitchen/diner. £950 p.c.m. Well-equipped. Gas c.h., street parking permit available. Write to 123 South Avenue, Abingdon, Oxon. Tel.: Oxford 559911.

Grandpont, south Oxford: 4-bedroom house with kitchen, dining-room, small garden. Available from 1 Oct. for 1 year. £800 p.c.m., plus bills and Council Tax if applicable. Graduate students (non-smokers) or possibly a family. Tel.: Oxford 241845 to arrange viewing.

North Oxford . fully-furnished Edwardian family house in Frenchay Road with stripped wooden flooring throughout. Four bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living-room with working fireplace, spacious kitchen/breakfast room with slate floor. Large garden. Available unfurnished from Aug. £1,800 p.c.m. Finders Keepers, 73 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE, tel.: Oxford 311011.

St Ebbe's, in new development near the river and 5 minutes from Carfax. Terrace house, fully furnished: 2 bedrooms, open plan ground floor, fitted kitchen, c.h., telephone, sunny garden with parking space. Available 1 Sept. (or possibly earlier) for long let. £600 p.c.m., plus bills and Council Tax. Suit visiting academic. Mr Braithwaite, tel.: Oxford 244637 (agent).

Short-term/holiday lets in Witney, 12 miles Oxford, on good bus service. Fully-furnished and well-equipped cottages. Tel.: 01993 703035, fax: 771014.

Summertown, North Oxford, 1.5 miles from city centre, on quiet side street. Furnished house with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2 studies, large living-room, large eat-in kitchen, walled garden, gas c.h., and all key appliances. Available mid-Aug.--late Dec. 1998. Tel./fax: Oxford 552217, e-mail: paul.klemperer@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

An Englishman's home is his castle---so the saying goes. We cannot pretend that we have too many castles on offer but if you are seeking quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area we may be able to help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel, and other professionals. Our aim is to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit our Web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or e-mail us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: Oxford 764533, fax: 764777, e-mail: info@qbman.co.uk.

Luxury, unusual, spacious modern house in quiet road in North Oxford within ring road, close to bus route. Stunning views to open countryside. Open plan design with separate double bedroom and 2 bathrooms. Small patio garden; off-street parking. Suit visiting academic or professional couple; regret no children, pets, or smokers. £895 p.m., inc. Council Tax. Available June 1998. Tel.: Oxford 515085.

House available for rent next academic year. Large sitting-room, dining-room, modern kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, 2 studies, 1.5 bathrooms, walled garden, c.h., washer-drier, dishwasher, fridge, china, linen, etc. Bottom of Headington Hill, 15--20 minutes' walk from Bodleian. Available late Aug. 1998--late May 1999. £900 p.m. Contact Prof. Grundy, 11 Cherwell St, Oxford OX4 1BG. Tel.: Oxford 242966, e-mail isobel.grundy@ualberta.ca.

Oxford Waterside, Jericho: brand new house on prestigious development. Two bedrooms, 1 en suiteshower room, family bathroom, living/dining-room, beautifully-fitted kitchen with ceramic tiled floor, downstairs cloakroom. Furnished to high standard. Small garden; views over Port Meadow. Allocated off-street parking. Ten minutes' walk to Radcliffe Infirmary and many University departments, also shops, theatres, etc. Available for weekly lets or longer as required, sometimes at short notice. Tel.: Oxford 311124, fax: 311125, e-mail: anae0002@nda.ox.ac.uk.

Central Oxford, Rewley Park, near rail station (London--Paddington 52 minutes), bus station (Heathrow 70 minutes), and city centre. Brand new 5-bedroom town house, built to high specification; 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite), 2 reception rooms, modern kitchen, downstairs w.c., conservatory, small garden, parking, river/canal view. Available from June. £2,000 p.c.m. Tel.: 01844 208315, fax: 201511, e-mail: 100574.451@compuserve.com.

Furnished central North Oxford house to let for one year or less from 15 Sept. Walk to colleges, rail and bus station; near Port Meadow; c.h.; recently redecorated; desks, filing cabinets, several large closets; secluded garden; 2 bathrooms, washing-machine, drier, telephone, linen, dishes, 2 bicycles. Suitable for visiting academics. 2 bedrooms, £950 p.m.; 3 bedrooms, £1,250 p.m. (inc. bedsit with separate entrance). Contact: J. Mackrell, Oxford 775567 (27 May--1 June: 553679); or A. Gaston, Canada: tel. 613 745 1368, fax: 613 745 0299, e-mail: Tony.Gaston@EC.GC.CA.

Make finding accommodation a pleasure, not a chore. Finders Keepers is dedicated to making it easy for visitors to Oxford to find the right property. Browse through our Web site for up-to-date detailed information on properties available and make use of our interactive database, priority reservation service (credit cards accepted), welcome food pack, personal service, and much more. Call us and you will not need to go elsewhere. For further information contact Finders Keepers, 73 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE. Tel.: Oxford 311011, fax: 556993, e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk; Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

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Flats to Let

Central North Oxford, 10 minutes' walk from city centre, available mid-May for short/long let: exceptionally well-furnished second-floor flat in quiet, civilised Victorian family house with large, light, airy rooms. Double bedroom, drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Regret no children or pets. Tel./fax: Oxford 552400.

North and central North Oxford: 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, fully furnished to high standard; good security, off-street parking, a variety of sizes and available dates. From £575--£720 p.c.m. Best suited to professionals or visiting academics. Tel.: Oxford 516144.

Upper Wolvercote: spacious 2-bedroom flat with lovely rural views in quiet location yet on regular bus route to city centre. Fully furnished, with well-equipped kitchen, c.h., garage, etc. Non-smokers preferred. Available 1 June for long-term let. £650 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 559802.

Central North Oxford: spacious 1-bedroom flat in quiet road. Shared garden. Suit postdoc. couple or similar. Available now. Tel.: 0171-794 8965.

North Oxford : available 1 Sept. 1998--31 May 1999, £550 p.m., fully-equipped ground-floor flat suitable for 2 adults; dining-room/study; living-room/study, double bedroom, shower-room, kitchen; dish-washer, washing/drying machine, electric stove; c.h., car-port, small garden. Stone, 266 Moore Street, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA. Tel.: 609 921 2717.

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Summer Lets

Holiday accommodation: attractive and comfortable, 10 minutes to city centre, in quiet road, central North Oxford, near water meadows. Well-equipped, sleeps 6/7. Available Jul., Aug., and Sept. Write to 123 South Avenue, Abingdon, Oxon. Tel.: Oxford 559911.

Four-storey Victorian town house to let in Oxford, 1--29 Aug. Sleeps 4/5. All mod. cons. Small sunny garden to Oxford canal. Close to city centre and river Thames. Bikes, rowing boat. Feed 2 cats and water plants. Tel.: Oxford 557133, e-mail: sledwith@brookes.ac.uk.

Wolvercote: comfortable 2-bedroom Edwardian house available for the month of Aug. Next to Port Meadow, less than 15 minutes on frequent bus service to centre of Oxford and University departments. Suitable for children. £750 for Aug. Tel.: Oxford 510315 or 553297.

Peaceful and comfortable fully-furnished apartment, close to Oxford station. Bedroom with double bed, bathroom, kitchen with washing machine, bright living-room/study with small balcony overlooking meadows and river; posible use of undercover parking and cycle. Suit visiting academic/s. 1 Aug.--30 Sept. £450 p.c.m. (negotiable), plus bills. Tel.: Oxford 246239, e-mail: clsaf@csv.warwick.ac.uk.

Sunny Victorian terrace house, Iffley Fields: 2 reception (period fireplaces), modern kitchen, bathroom, second w.c., large double bedroom, bedroom/study (double sofa-bed), utilities cellar, antiques, stripped bannisters, sanded floors, nice garden. Mid-June--Oct., £725 p.m. inc. council tax. Tel.: Oxford 798069 or 01873 810982; e-mail: ayers@wadham.ox.ac.uk.

City centre house with view of Thames available for 4 months, June--Sept. Fully equipped, 3 bedrooms (2 double, 1 single), 2 bathrooms, gas c.h., garden, garage. £975 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 250462.

Very attractive semi-detached house in north Summertown; 3 bedrooms, 2 studies, 2 living-rooms plus kitchen and large conservatory; generous garden with play equipment. Easily sleeps 5. Ideal for children. Easy access to Summertown shops and central Oxford. Use of 2 adult and 2 child bicycles. All modern conveniences. Available 18 Aug.--2 Sept.; some flexibility over dates. £325 p.w. inc. utilities. Tel.: Oxford 556655.

Summer let in Oxford, live in comfort near the Thames; c.h.; 4 bedrooms; large split-level living-room, south-facing garden, dining-room, fully-equipped kitchen; bathroom with bidet and w.c.; shower-room with w.c. Available 6 weeks, 22 July--2 Sept. Price negotiable. Tel.: Oxford 725193.

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Accommodation Offered

Bed-and-breakfast available in the warm comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple in exclusive, leafy, central North Oxford; within easy walking distance of the city centre and all main university buildings; a stone's throw from the river, parks, excellent pubs and restaurants and a 9--9 corner shop. All rooms have colour TV, microwave, tea- and coffee-making facilities, c.h., and independent heating. Refrigerators available. Very moderate terms. Tel./fax: Oxford 557879, mobile: 0374 434489.

Peaceful, beautiful, large country house to share in outstandingly beautiful village, 17 miles from Oxford. Suit mature graduate with own transport. 17 minutes to Oxford by train from country station 10 minutes away. Accommodation flexible; 1, 2, or 3 rooms available, as preferred, for private use. Beautiful private bathroom guaranteed. Available 4 Apr. Rent depends on number of rooms taken, includes all bills. Tel.: 01285 740569 (day), 01451 821550 (eve.).

Very spacious west-facing room with balcony, Woodstock Road. Ideal for city centre, Radcliffe Infirmary, and University. Non-smoker. Available now until 30 June 1998. £80 p.w. Tel./fax: Oxford 513688.

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Accommodation Sought

Needed for academic couple from Jerusalem: quiet cottage or house with large garden, from end June--18 July. Must be very quiet at night. Possibility of exchange in Jerusalem. Mrs Anat Toney, 6 Oakthorpe Road, Oxford.

Summer accommodation wanted. Australian academic and spouse seek self-contained, furnished accommodation with at least 2 bedrooms; mid-July--end Sept., in or near Oxford. Contact Celia Glyn, tel.: Oxford 557828, e-mail: celia.glyn@phonetics.ox.ac.uk, or nralph@ocsl.ocs.mq.edu.au.

House rental sought, 3/4 bedrooms. From 1 July for a year (or possibly 1 summer and 1 academic year rental). Anywhere in city considered. Contact Stella Tillyard, tel.: 0039 55 4685594 (day) or 0039 55 5002335 (eve.), e-mail: brewer@datacomm.iue.it.

Canadian professor, wife, and highly responsible teenage son require quiet accommodation from Sept. 1998, for up to 11 months. Local references available. Piano an asset. Maximum £750 p.c.m. Might consider non-furnished for significantly lower rent. Fax (Canada): 403 492 9234, e-mail: Reuben.Kaufman@ualberta.ca.

Visiting academic from New Zealand requires furnished accommodation for self, wife, and daughter (age 7); late Nov. 1998--July 1999. Especially Headington, but anywhere considered. Reply to Dr R. Phillips, History, Auckland University, Private Bag 92019, Auckland. E-mail: rt.phillips@auckland.ac.nz.

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Three-bedroom furnished flat or house sought by academic couple with 2 children (11 and 9), visiting Wolfson College; early Aug.--mid Jan. 1999. Preferably North Oxford. Reply to Prof. David Wood, Law Faculty, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia. Tel.: +61 3 9344 6192, fax: 9347 2392, e-mail: d.wood@law.unimelb.edu.au.

Visiting academic seeks 2-bedroom furnished flat to rent, 22 June--5 Aug., preferably close to Pembroke/St Peter's. Wife and child (3 years) visiting part time. Non-smokers, local references available. James Basker, Columbia University, tel.: 212 531 3732, fax: 663 9169, e-mail: oxbadmin@interport.com.

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American visiting fellow, spouse, and boys 12 and 14 seek fully-furnished 3- or 4-bedroom house in Oxford or environs, from 19 June through 20 Aug. 1998. Children will be present for 3 weeks only. Please contact in USA: D. Matthews, 6514 Kalama Road, Kapaa, Hawaii 96746, tel.: 808 821 0479, fax: 808 821 1193, e-mail: dbm@aloha.net.

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Accommodation Exchange

Vancouver family (Univ. of British Columbia professor, wife, and 5-year-old daughter) seeks to trade houses with another (non-smoking) family for approx. 3-month period, Apr.--Aug. 1999. We have a lovely, spacious California-style house, 5 minutes from UBC, 15 minutes from the downtown, 20 minutes from Vancouver International Airport, and a short block to a beautiful sandy beach (Spanish Banks) and other recreational amenities. We would need a house or large flat, in Oxford or close by, with reasonably good access to public transport. Dr T.A. Hutton, 4554 Belmont Avenue, Vancouver, V6R 1C4, British Columbia, Canada. Tel.: 604 228 9592, fax: 604 822 6164.

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

Professional academic couple seeks house or flat with minimum 2 bedrooms in central Oxford, for 1 year sabbatical from Sept. 1998. No children, no pets, non-smokers; mature and responsible adults. Would also consider house/car exchange with persons coming to the Chapel Hill/Durham area of North Carolina for similar period of time. Contact Dr Valerie King, 1624 Hadley Mill Pittsboro, NC 27312, USA. Tel.: 919 542 2328, fax: 966 3811, e-mail: vking@med.unc.edu.

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Holiday Lets

Italy: old Tuscan farmhouse in peaceful countryside with distant view of ancient Etruscan town of Volterra; 20 minutes from San Gimignano, 1 hour from Florence, Siena, and airport at Pisa. Three bedrooms (sleeps 7), fully-equipped kitchen. £300 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 727394.

South Shropshire, near Ludlow: 3-bedroom terrace holiday cottage with fabulous views over south Shropshire hills. Full of antiques and interesting objects. Perfect for exploring Welsh Marches. Dishwasher and microwave; garden. £220 p.w. during term time, £250 p.w. during vacation. 3 keys commended by tourist board. Contact William Longrigg, tel.: 0171 203 5090 (day) or 350 1435 (eve.).

Beautiful 1-bedroom cottage available for summer holiday lets. Can sleep 4. Small `sun trap' garden. Beautifully furnished. Outstanding North Cotswolds countryside. Five miles from Stow-on-the-Wold, in the lovely village of Ford. Tel.: 01285 740569 (day), 01451 810698 (eve.).

Andalucia, house (or part) to let in magical Medieval village with stunning landscape. Our house is at the front of the village, with unobstructed views past Gibralter and the Mediterranean to the Rif mountains of Morocco. Excellent walking and bird-watching. Visit Granada, Cordoba, Ronda, Seville, Cadiz, and Morocco. Reduction for long let. Dr Campbell, tel.: Oxford 513935, e-mail: l.lustgarten@soton.ac.uk for brochure.

South-west France (Tarn et Garonne): traditionally-restored farmhouse and outbuildings in peaceful hilltop hamlet with fine views over unspoilt countryside, close to medieval market town on river Aveyron. Sleeps 8+. Small pool; large south-facing garden with some shade. Available Aug. Tel.: 0118 987 3095.

Enjoy a holiday in a charming villa or cottage on the islands of Skopelos, Skiathos, and Alonissos. Many with enclosed yards and close to the sea. Weekly prices start from £76 per person in May. For brochure, tel.: 0030 424 22947, fax: 424 23057, e-mail: thalpos@otenet.gr.

Burgundy (Morvan National Park): 19th-c. stone cottage in quiet hamlet. Sleeps 5+. Enclosed front and rear gardens backing onto own large meadow with streams. Spacious sitting-room, 2 double bedrooms, study, bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen, washing machine, c.h., telephone, log fires. Ideal for peace and quiet, walking, swimming in nearby lakes, wine-tasting and sight-seeing in Burgundy (half hour from Vezelay and Avallon). Available 9 Aug.--3 Sept. £250 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 556626.

Fisherman's cottage on the seawall at Newport, Pembrokeshire. A family holiday home, child- and dog-friendly; the front door opens onto the coastal path and beach with wonderful views across the estuary. Good for sailing, walking, and golf. Electric heaters and open fires. Sleeps 6. Good local shops and restuarants. Rates (inc. electricity) from £115--£290 p.w. or £25 per night off-season. Tel.: Oxford 714943.

Umbria, Italy: luxury flat in tranquil rural setting. Sleeps 2--4. Large terrace, private garden, stunning views. Perugia 15 minutes, Assisi 30 minutes, Florence and Siena 2 hours. Tel.: 01252 877155 (eve.).

Provencal fortified farmhouse in tiny rural village surrounded by lavender fields offers B&B or half-board. There is also a 3-bedroom apartment with kitchenette and sitting-room---ideal for writer/artist or academic on sabatical leave; short or long stays possible. Contact Karolyn Kauntze, Montsalier, 04150 Banon, France. Tel./fax: 00 33 4 92 73 23 61.

Verona outskirts: in exceptionally beautiful 15th-c. villa, self-contained ground-floor flat; large double bed-sitting, kitchen/dining and bath rooms; garden area; parking; frequent buses from door to city centre. £300 p.w., inc. services and weekly cleaning. Available from 1 May, except Aug. Tel.: 00 39 452 6499, or (Moore) 01844 238247.

Fethiye, Turkey: new apartments 5 minutes to beach sleeping max. 4; pool, bar/restaurant, entertainments; English/Turkish owners. From only £140 p.w. per apartment. Tel./fax: 01202 737202.

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Houses for Sale

Luxury 2-bedroom apartment at the top of a Victorian house in Summertown, affording splendid views of Wytham woods. First-quality workmanship and original features, inc. spacious sitting-room, dining-room, kitchen, bathroom, and cloakroom. Offers above £180,000. Tel.: Oxford 510362.

Three-bedroom Victorian terrace house in East Oxford, close to city centre and near bus route. Sitting-room, kitchen-diner, large cellar and roof space. Gas c.h. with new boiler. Good decorative condition. £110,000. Tel.: 01404 841591 (eve.).

Cottage for sale in France: Montsoreau, near Saumur. Superb view over the Loire in an attractive small village near shops. Downstairs: large living-room/kitchen, bedroom, washroom/toilet, shower, workroom/storage space. Upstairs: large bedroom with study area, en suitebathroom/shower/toilet. Attic (could be developed); double cellar cut into hillside. Vacant possession. £30,000 o.n.o. Contact Prof. and Mrs B. P. Reardon, 6 Impasse des Jonquilles, 14780 Lion-sur-Mer. Tel./fax: +33 2 31 36 08 56, e-mail: bryan.reardon@wanadoo.fr.

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Properties for sale at Oxford Waterside

Central North Oxford/Jericho. Classically styled homes built by nationally renowned quality house-builders, Berkeley Homes. Properties available include: 2-bedroom apartments from £118,500; 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom houses from £169,500; 4-bedroom, 3-storey houses with garages from £275,000. Marketing suite and show homes open daily, 10 a.m.--5 p.m. Tel.: Oxford 311449, or 726000/515000 (joint selling agents, Savills and Thomas Merrifield).

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