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Bodleian Shop

Find bargains, many at half price, in our grand sale which goes on until the end of February. Shopping is more comfortable during these winter months when the shop is relatively uncongested. Please note our winter opening hours: Mon.,—Fri., 9 a.m.—5 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.—12.30 p.m. (from April, we stay open until 6 p.m. each weekday until the end of the year).

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Oxford Chamber Music Society

Mark Wilde (tenor) and Paul Plummer (piano): works by Beethoven, Schumann, Ireland, Britten, Tippett. Feb. 20 at 2.45 p.m., Holywell Music Room. Tickets: £11 (seniors £9); in advance from the Oxford Playhouse Box Office £10 (seniors £8), tel.: Oxford 798600; students and juniors £4.50.

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Pallas Inter-University Postgraduate Curriculum

The Pallas LL.M. programme in European Business Law is a postgraduate full-time course of 1 year. This programme has been developed by the law departments of 8 reputable European universities. The next course will start in Sept. 2000. Host University: University of Nijmegen, Netherlands; working language: English. For further information please contact: Centre for Postgraduate Legal Education, University of Nijmegen, Faculty of Law (attention of: Ms Marielle Cornielje), PO Box 10520, 6500 MB Nijmegen, Netherlands. Tel.: + 31 24 361 3090/361 5852; fax@ + 31 24 361 5838; e-mail: pallas@cpo.kun.nl; website: www.pallas.llm.nl.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

`The Oxford Dodo' bone china mugs newly commissioned by this museum are now on sale (£5; £5.50 boxed), as are CDs (£10) of baroque music played by the EUBO and launched at their recent recital here. To coincide with the BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (30 Jan.–5 Mar.), portfolios (£2), the full range of related postcards (35p, 12 for £3.50) and greetings cards (£1.25) will be stocked. Open daily 12 noon–5 p.m.; admission free. Telephone orders, Oxford 272961.

Christ Church Festival Orchestra, Fri. 25 Feb., 8 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral, Musorgsky, Dawn over the Moscow River; Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 (Juliet Allen); Stravinsky, FirebirdSuite. Conductor: James Ross. Tickets £8 (£5 student and under 18) from Oxford Playhouse, tel.: Oxford 798600, and on the door.

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

This club exists to welcome to Oxford the partners and families of academic visitors and graduate students. Come along to the Club Room at 13 Norham Gardens any Wednesday morning between 10.30 a.m.and 12 noon, from the week before term starts to the week after term, and throughout the Summer vacation, and sample our programme of events and outings. Spring Lunch and Bring and Buy Sale to be held in the Club Room at 13 Norham Gardens, from 10.30 a.m. on Wed., 23 Feb. All newcomers, friends and family are welcome. Entrance 50 pence or £3 to include lunch. Any donations to the Club Room, Tues., 22 Feb., 10.30 a.m.—12.30 p.m. please.

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Do you have a problem with your weight?

If you would like to take part in an Oxford University study of three psychological treatments for weight management please ring Marianne O'Connor on Oxford 226443. To be eligible you must be: significantly overweight; female, aged between 20 and 59 years; available for 11 months treatment. Certain medical illnesses and treatments (and pregnancy) may make you ineligible.

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Tuition Offered

Piano lessons. Experienced teacher; adults and children. All grades; beginners welcome. Contact Miss P. Read BA (Hons.) LRAM. Tel.: Oxford 510904.

Crime writing course in South of France, 21–27 May, with Sarah Dunant and Gillian Slovo. Full board and tuition at La Maison Verte, a large 19th-c. mansion with 2-acre garden and pool, between Montpellier and Carcassonne. £330 shared accommodation, £350 for single room. Further details: 00 334 67 24 88 52, or e-mail: nicole.russell@wanadoo.fr. Website: http://www.lamaisonverte.co.uk.

OXACTS. Oxford Tutorial School of Acting for children (from 7-14 years), the Jericho St Barnabas Community Centre, 33a Canal St., Oxford OX2 6BQ. Classes in voice production, movement and drama. Sats., 3–6 p.m. Information, interviews, auditions, tel./fax: Oxford 792965.

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Services Offered

Aromatherapy treatments and workshops by Tisserand graduate in Oxford city. A treatment will enhance your health and help deal with stress. Telephone Sue Colclough on Oxford 244146. Forthcoming workshops include `Aromatherapy for pampering and pleasure' on Sat. 12 Feb., 10 a.m.–12 noon; and `Aromatherapy for relaxation and stress release', Mon. 28 Feb., 6–8 p.m. Please telephone Mill Court Clinical Centre, Oxford 484157, to book a place - £7 per session.

Big or small, we ship it all, plus free pick up anywhere in Oxford. Also 24- hour photocopying, private mailing addresses (24-hour access, and mail forwarding worldwide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services, and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd., Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 514655, fax: 514656, e-mail: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com.

Town and Country Trees, arboricultural contractors. Tree surgery, felling, planting, hedges, orchard and shrub pruning, stump removal. Fully qualified, fully insured. Tel.: 01869 351540, or 01993 811115.

Personal computer consultants, offering 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 also supply our range of personally built, to your specification, KTec computers. We will also supply or source software to match your requirements. For a quality service, matched with competitive prices, tel.: Chris Lewis on Oxford 461222, fax: 461333, e-mail: info@kristontec.co.uk.

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Domestic Services

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.

Do you need a nanny? All Counties Nannies, qualified and experienced staff. Full and part-time, permanent and temporary. Newborn, toddlers, school age. Our aim is to provide the best possible care for your family. Tel.: Lynda on 01235 524462, mobile: 0402 068165.

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Situations Vacant

The Oxford Union, Accounts Assistant. Salary in the region of £12,500 p.a. An opportunity exists for a conscientious and hardworking accounts assistant to join a busy office in central Oxford. Applicants must be able to work accurately and efficiently, and possess proven accounting knowledge, general office skills and experience of computerised accounts systems. Good interpersonal skills are essential in this full-time position. Job description available on request. Applications, in writing (2 copies), inc. CV to: the Bursar, the Oxford Union, Frewin Court, Oxford OX1 3JH. Closing date: 21 Feb.

The New Dictionary of National Biography is looking for keyboarders to work in-house to enter biographical and bibliographical data into the dictionary's database. Academic, publishing, or bibliographical experience would be an advantage; good typing skills are essential. Write, enclosing a CV, to Rachel Goodyear, Production Editor, New Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon St., Oxford OX2 6DP, or e-mail: rgoodyear@oup.co.uk.

Part-time Co-ordinator for local community project. St Margaret's community and church centre, 30 Polstead Rd., N.Oxford, requires a part-time coordinator to run the centre and support present and new activities. This role is key to the success of the project and the post holder will need enthusiasm and initiative, and strong interpersonal, and administrative skills. £6,000 p.a. for 14.5 hrs. p.w. (equivalent of 2 days at £15,000 p.a. pro rata). There may be an opportunity for an additional half day. For further information and an application form please tel.: Oxford 274073, e-mail: ben.simpson@wolfson.ox.ac.uk, or write to Ben Simpson, Wolfson College, Linton Rd., Oxford OX2 6UD.

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Houses to Let

Charming cottage, 12 miles north west of Oxford in quiet corner of the village. Beams, inglenook fireplace, woodburning stove, c.h., country antiques, washer/drier, bath/shower, small walled sunny garden, garage, double bedroom plus spare bedroom/study. Available from mid-April. Tel.: Oxford 510542.

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.

Pretty Edwardian house, newly refurbished to mix classic features with modern amenities. Central location in quiet residential area, close to University and riverside meadows. Three bedrooms, study, lounge, dining room, completely new kitchen, bathroom and garden. Furnished and equipped to high standard. £1,250 p.c.m. exc. bills. Domestic services can be arranged. Available from Sept. Tel.: 00 44 (0) 1865 251003, e-mail: mpaehoney@aol.co.

Newly refurbished, delightful, bright, 4-bedroom house. Gas c.h. Two double, 2 single bedrooms (one could be study), bedrooms newly carpeted, lounge with parquet floor/rug, huge kitchen/diner, utility room. Near amenities, shopping centre (Sainsburys/Tesco), park. Five mins. walk to main bus route. Lovely garden. No problem parking.Tel.: Oxford 747793/751826 or 0181 568 5390.

Charming, self-contained, furnished cottage attached to old Cotswold house. Beautiful 30 mile open view in quiet village, 7 mins. from Charlbury Station (11 mins. from Oxford). One double bedroom, one single/office, 2 bathrooms, 33ft (10m) long sitting room, conservatory/dining room, kitchen and utility room. Extensive cupboard space. Suit visiting academic/professional, single, or couple. Long or short lets considered. Regret no children or pets. £660 per calendar month. Tel/fax: 01993 878700. Available from 20 March.

North Oxford house available from 28 Mar. 2000 for one year or less. Walk to colleges, train station, and bus station, near Port Meadow, c.h., recently re-decorated, desks, filing cabinets, several large closets, secluded garden, 2 1/2 bathrooms. washing machine, drier, telephone, linen, dishes, 2 bicycles. Suitable for visiting academics. Two bedrooms, £950 p.m.; 3 bedrooms, £1,250 p.m (inc. bedsit with separate entrance). Tel.: J. Mackrell (eves.), Oxford 775567, or Canada: A.Gaston, 613 745 1368, fax. 613 745 0299. E-mail: Tony.Gaston@EC.GC.CA or Gaston@cyberus.ca.

Central Oxford, Rewley Park. Newly built 2-bedroom terrace house, within easy walk of the University and city centre. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac close by train station. Small garden, with patio. Fully carpeted, furnished and equipped to a high standard, allocated parking. Available 12 March, either for 6 month minimum at £795 p.c.m. exc. council tax and water rates, or short let at £865 p.c.m. inc. Apply Dr Josephine Reynell, 70 Southmoor Rd., Oxford OX2 6RB. Tel.: Oxford 516615, fax: Oxford 516616, e- mail: macdonaldreynell@netscapeonline.co.uk.

East Oxford. Four bedroom, 2 reception, Victorian house. £1,000 p.c.m. Tel.: Nick on Oxford 725735.

Make finding accommodation easy. Finders Keepers have a dedicated approach to helping you find the right property. Browse through our website for up-to-date detailed information on properties available and make use of our interactive database, priority reservation service (credit cards accepted), personal service and professional advice. For further information please contact Finders Keepers at 226, Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: Oxford 311011. Fax: Oxford 556993. E-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

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Flats to Let

North Oxford . Excellent 2 double-bedroom flat on 2 floors. Light, well furnished, lots of character, ideally situated for colleges. £895 p.c.m. Tel.: Christine Cox, Oxford 310000 for further details.

Large, airy, top floor flat, comprising 1 double bedroom, 1 single, lounge/dining room, kitchen and bathroom. Five minute walk from Wolfson College. £750 p.c.m. plus gas and electricity. No council tax. Regret no pets, children or smoking. Tel.: Oxford 558959.

Self-contained furnished flat attached to family house, in quiet village 12 miles west of Oxford. Own entrance, living room/bedroom, separate kitchen, shower and w.c., phone line, use of washing machine. Parking, public transport links to Witney and Oxford. £300 p.c.m. inc. bills. Non-smoker preferred. Tel.: 01993 772403, e-mail: musson_nuttall@msn.com or mussond@oup.co.uk.

Central North Oxford, Bardwell Road. Very attractive,ground floor, 2-bedroom flat in Victorian conversion, furnished and equipped to a high standard. Open plan living room/kitchen, south-facing over garden. Double bedroom, single bedroom, bath/shower, c.h., washer/drier, dishwasher etc. Good storage, communal garden, parking, garage by separate arrangement if required. Available from mid-March. Tel.: Oxford 510542.

Choice of brand new 2-bedroom apartments, situated in the heart of Jericho, within walking distance of the university departments, and the city centre. Furnished and equipped to a high standard, 1 double bedroom, and 1 single bedroom/study. These apartments are located in a private courtyard, with bike stores. For more information please contact Julia at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX1 2BY. Tel.: Oxford 311011, or e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk.

Spacious 2-bedroom apartment situated in prestigious North Oxford road. Walking distance of city centre, university departments and parks, this apartment is ideal for visiting academics. Available now. Please contact Julia at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX1 2BY. Tel.: Oxford 311011 or e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk.

Murray Court, Banbury Rd, Oxford. Very spacious (200 sq yds.), quiet, first floor flat. Three double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 ensuite). Fully furnished to high standard, gas c.h., garage, garden. Within short walking distance Science Area, University Parks and city centre. Non-smokers only. £1,250 p.c.m. Tel.: Brooks Property Management, Oxford 728597, fax: 794606.

Central North Oxford, 10 minutes walk from city centre, all main University buildings, and parks, and very close to the river. Available for short/long let. Exceptionally well-furnished, comfortable flats in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms. First-floor flat available from 11 March, large double bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom; ground-floor available from 1 June, 1 double, 1 single bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking and secluded garden. Tel./fax: Oxford 552400.

Butler Close, central Oxford. Two-bedroom, first floor flat. £675 p.m. Apply: Carter Jonas, 269 Banbury Rd., Summertown. Tel.: Oxford 511444.

Fully furnished flat near Oxford in 18th-c. house, centrally located in Woodstock. Two bedrooms, large sitting room, dining room, kitchen, and bathroom. Telephone, c.h., washer/drier etc. Available 16 Apr. 2000. £600 p.c.m. Tel.: 01993 811488.

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Accommodation Offered

Finders Keepers specialises in managing your home and investment. With our 27 years' experience we assure you of a high level of service from dedicated and professional letting and management teams. Many of our landlords have remained with us since we opened and are still reaping the benefits of our high standards of property management. If you would like details of our services please contact Finders Keepers at 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: Oxford 311011, fax: Oxford 556993, e-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

House-share in Iffley Fields. Suitable for 30—45 year old, either working or post graduate. £320 p.c.m. plus bills. Available from 1 Mar., 2000. No smokers, pets. Tel.: Oxford 247934.

Single bedroom available in rural cottage to share with one person. Pretty village 10 miles south of Oxford. Easy access to Oxford, Abingdon, Didcot. Very spacious living/dining room, fully equipped kitchen, separate shower and jacuzzi bath tub, study, patio style garden. Available 1 April. £345 p.c.m. Tel.:(Anne) 01235 446432 (lab), 01235 835742 (private), e-mail: anne.de.rudder@rl.ac.uk.

Paying guests, visiting academics welcomed for short or long stays in the warm, comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple in exclusive, quiet, central north Oxford. Within walking distance of all main university buildings, town centre, parks, river, good shops and restaurants. All rooms have colour TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, microwave and refrigerator/refrigerator availability, c.h. and alternative heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./fax Oxford 557879.

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Accommodation Sought

Going abroad? Or just thinking of letting your property? QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents and property managers. We specialise in lettings to both academic and professional individuals and their families, and have a constant flow of enquiries from good-quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. If you would like details of our services, or if you simply need some informal help and advice without obligation, telephone us: Oxford 764533, fax us: 764777, or e-mail us: info@qbman.co.uk. Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and see how we could be marketing your property.

House wanted for academic year 2000/2001 for family of 5. Isaac Meir will be visiting Professor with us at the School of Architecture for the year from Ben Gurion University in the Negev. For more details please contact Sue Roaf on Oxford 515001, e-mail: sroaf@brookes.ac.uk, or Isaac Meir directly on e-mail: sakis@bgumail.ac.il.

Visiting American scientist, and teenage daughter wish to rent furnished accommodation from end of April. Two bedroom flat or similar within ring-road is preferred. Short or long term let would be considered. Contact either Dr. Kelly Allers (e-mail: kaallers@helix.nih.gov) or Dr. Trevor Sharp (tel.: Oxford (2) 281172, e-mail: trevor.sharp@clinpharm.ox.ac.uk).

We are careful and considerate females searching for a long- term let in East Oxford. A 3–4 bedroom house with at least 1 reception room would be ideal. We are n/s young professionals with no pets, children, or live-in partners. References and deposit available. Please contact Hannah on Oxford 723410, e-mail: kennerh@oup.co.uk, or Becky, e-mail: becky.hitch@lefevre.co.uk.

Visiting MIT academic and family looking for 3 or more bedroom, furnished house to let in the Oxfordshire area during Summer 2000 (period flexible). Contact Dr. Spencer Pitcher, USA, tel.: 617 253 8667, fax: 617 253 0627, e-mail: csp@psfc.mit.edu.

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Summer Lets

Superb, modern, architect designed house, in residential North Oxford. Easy access to city centre (several bus routes, or walk along road or canal). Quiet location. Easily looked-after garden. Very much has feeling of being out in the country. Very large kitchen/dining room, large living room upstairs to take advantage of view over large green open space. Modern furniture, fully equipped. Available July and August. Prefer non- smokers and no children. Tel.: Oxford 511825 (eves. or Sundays), e-mail: l.lyons1@physics.ox.ac.uk.

Family home to let for July and August 2000. Fully furnished and sleeps five. Includes large, west facing family room opening out onto patio, and into large garden. parking spaces in driveway. Rent £1,000 p.m. For further info. tel./fax: Oxford 513688, or e-mail: douglas.wilkinson@nda.ox.ac.uk.

Spacious and beautiful family house available to rent from 21 July—end of Aug. All modern facilities (washing machine, dishwasher etc.); c.h., lovely garden; 5 mins. walk to Summertown shopping area; regular bus service to city centre. Rent £330 p.w. incl. all services. Precise dates and rent are flexible and negotiable. Contact: Professor G.A.Dover, Oxford 554300 (Wed.,—Sun.) or tel.: 0116 2523983 (Mon.,—Wed.,morning), fax: 0116 2523378, e-mail: sjb28@le.ac.uk. n

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Holiday Lets

Greece. House to let in Peloponnese. Two bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Spacious terraces. Very well equipped. Own garden; wide open view over bay and countryside. Swimming pool/tennis court close by. Village and beach 1 km. Good fish tavernas. £250 p.w. Tel.: Oxford 243641.

Charming terraced house for short and long lets in conservation zone of unspoilt Southwold (Suffolk), seconds from the sea. Sleeps 4+. Marvellous area for walking, cycling (2 bicycles available), church visiting, bird-watching, and pub-hopping. Tel.: Oxford 513464 (eves.).

Italy. Attractive and spacious converted granary. Less than a mile from Montagnana, a medieval town in Veneto. Half an hour to Padua, Mantua; 1 hr. from Verona, Vincenza, and Ferrara, 45 mins. to Venice by train. Sleeps 4/5. Contact: fratucello@aol.com, or tel.: 0181 348 8528.

Catalonia. Well appointed, 3-bedroom house in the unspoilt Catalonian village of Regencos (about 60 miles north-east of Barcelona, and 4 miles inland), near Palafrugell; available 1 April—31 Aug. Several superb beaches within a radius of 6 miles. The house, which sleeps 6, is on 2 floors, each of which is a self-contained flat with kitchen, bathroom, and lounge/dining area. The ground floor has a large double bedroom, while the upper floor has a similar double bedroom and a further twin-bedded room. Attractive roof garden with superb views over surrounding countryside. Spanish maid visits every Sunday, and will cook delicious meals. £1,000 p.c.m., £550 per fortnight, or £300 per week. Ring Dr. Charles Mould, 01844 208234, fax: 01844 202613, or e-mail: charles.mould@stx.ox.ac.uk, for further particulars.

Self-catering accommodation 5 minutes walk to city centre. We have 4-bedroom self-contained flats to let from July to Sept., fully equipped kitchens for groups or families. Close to shops, restaurants and buses. A 24-hour lodge with CCTV. Pleasant gardens in tranquil surroundings. Use of the adjacent sports ground. Washing machines on site. Free off-road parking. For rates tel./fax Oxford 725364.

Tuscany, Italy. Charming 17th-c. farmhouse in unspoilt mountain village with magnificent views. Spacious accommodation, fully modernised, with lovely garden and swimming pool. Near Lucca; easy access to Pisa and Florence. Sleeps 8—10. Not available in August. Tel.: 0181 446 4913.

Lovely Greek house on the beautiful island of Skopelos. Comfortably sleeps 4 but will sleep 6. Two bathrooms, well equipped kitchen, air conditioning. Covered roof patio overlooks harbour which is 2 mins., away. Available June—Sept. For details and illustrated brochure tel.: 01952 510724 or e-mail: gerry.caulfield@dknet.uk.

Umbria/Tuscany border. Delightfully restored, spacious farmhouse for rent, 2 double bedrooms sleeping 4. Also cottage nearby sleeping 2. For colour brochure tel.: 01923 497845, fax: 01923 354174.

Algarve. A well furnished, modern, spacious ground floor apartment at Praia da Luz near Lagos, with 2 twin bedrooms, lounge/dining room with double sofa bed, a well equipped kitchen including microwave, bathroom with bath and shower, 2 balconies with sea-views, and small garden with barbecue. The apartment is adjacent to the Ocean Club to which full membership is available, offering 3 swimming pools, children's splash pool, tennis courts, Jonathan Markson Tennis Centre (courses and private coaching available), and restaurant. The apartment is within 200 metres of the centre of town, which has a good variety of restaurants and bars, and 300 metres from the beach. There are 3 golf courses within 10 mins. drive. Maid service 3 times per week, linen, towels, electricity and gas are all included. Tel.: 01582 761510, or e-mail: jflangdon@aol.com.

Dordogne Valley, South West France. Stone built house in an acre of garden in Lostanges, a small hamlet in the eastern part of the Dordogne valley, with a 270 degree view across a fabulous valley from a large elevated terrace. Swimming, lake club, tennis and golf nearby. Great cycling, walking and charming villages everywhere. Sleeps 8—10. Available from £200—£550 per week. Call Peter Whitehead on 01295 670320 for more details and/or brochure.

Holidays in Brittany, for those in search of peace, tranquillity, uncrowded roads, safe, clean beaches, cycling, walking, riding, and high class restaurants at low cost prices, Maison Selecte offer a range of charming properties in the Cote d'Armor area of Brittany. Choose from, one bedroom country cottages to four-bedroom farmhouses. For further details, and brochure, tel.: Maison Selecte Properties 00 33 2 96 84 86 50, fax: 00 33 2 96 84 85 19, e-mail: maisonprop@aol.com, or write to Le Bourg Tremeur 22250, Brittany, France.

French country house, 45 mins SE of Bordeaux. Simple but well equipped, flexible accommodation suits 2 to 12 or more. 5km from village with basic shops, weekly market, tennis court. Choice of market towns 15-20 mins. Sea 1 hour away. £500 p.w. July and August. £350 other times. Tel.: 01235 751633.

Italy, Umbria. `Casa Colonica' on its own road in hills 5 miles N.E. of Assisi, in National Park, superb views, wild life, kitchen, dining/sitting room, 2 double bedrooms, large bathroom, car essential; Lombardia, Lake Como, in village house, closely overlooking lake, 25 minutes from Como city. One double bedroom, sitting/dining room, kitchenette, bathroom, open terrace. For either let, £300 p.w., £550 fortnight. Tel.: Oxford 768775.

Tuscany. Family-owned Wine Estate, producing highly recognised wines, olive oil and cheese, offers ancient farmhouse and apartments, accommodating 2 up to 12 plus. Pool, secluded rural setting, half hour central Florence. Tel./fax: (0039) 055 824 9120, e-mail: pgklpoggio@ftbcc.it. `Fattoria Corzano and Paterno'.

Traditional Andalusian house in mountain village. Sleeps 6. Immaculate and newly furnished, spacious with large roof terrace overlooking orange groves and hills. Dishwasher, washing machine. Sea 25 minutes. Granada 20 minutes. Sierra Nevada peaks 40 minutes. Summer and Easter £380 per week, otherwise £260 per week – both incl. linen and cleaner. Tel.: Oxford 515778.

Crete. A traditional Cretan house in old town Rethimno, superbly renovated to provide space and comfort in beautifully furnished surroundings. Elevated, vine-covered, sitting area with brick barbecue—perfect for alfresco dining. It is in a quiet area, and close to long, sandy beach, taverns, shops, and the many interesting sights in and around this historic area. Sleeps 4 (1 double, 1 twin). Available all year round. £280 p.w., £1,000 p.m. All linen, electricty and cleaning inc. Tel./fax: Nikolaos Glinias, 0030 831 56525, e-mail: nglynias@ret.forthnet.gr.

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