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Oxford Art Society

Members' Exhibition at The X-Change Gallery, Gloucester Green Bus Station, Oxford, 2-- 23 March. Tues.,--Sat., 10.30 a.m.--5 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m.--4 p.m.

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Concerts

BACH: six Brandenburg Concertos. The Oxford Philomusica , John Georgiadis, director/violin. Leader John Georgiadis and the Oxford Philomusica's "glorious individual players" (The Times), perform all six of Bach's magnificent Brandenburg concertos in a marathon concert at the Sheldonian Theatre. Tickets: students from £5. Box Office: 01865 305305 or online: www.oxfordphil.com.

Music-Jazz-Improvised concert by 2 major duos--Lol Coxhill soprano sax/Howard Riley piano, and George Haslam baritone sax, clarinet, with Richard Leigh Harris piano. Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Wed., 13 Mar., 8 p.m. £7 (£5 students etc.). Enquiries/Reservations 01235 529012 or Sigerjazz@aol.com.

Oxford Harmonic Society, the orchestra of Stowe Opera, conductor, Robert Secret with The Hildegard Choir, director, Lucy Haigh: St Matthew Passion, J.S. Bach (based on Mendelssohn's performance in 1841). Sat., 23 March, Sheldonian Theatre, 7 p.m. Tickets £12 and £10; concessions £10 and £8, available from Oxford Playhouse Box Office. Tel.: 01865 305305 (inc. Credit Card bookings by post), or on the door.

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Volunteers Needed for Type II Diabetes Study

Would you be willing to assist with a clinical study aimed at type II diabetes (not insulin dependent)? We are looking to see if heart and/or skeletal muscle are damaged by diabetes and, if so, can treatment help. We need people with type II diabetes for a study at the John Radcliffe Hospital. The study would involve 2 visits to the hospital each lasting about 3--4 hours. All tests will be non-invasive, painless and without any risk or side effects. We would reimburse expenses for refreshments and travel or we could organise transport. For further details please phone Dr Scheuermann-Freestone on 01865 221875, or write to: Dr Scheuermann-Freestone, Magnetic Resonance Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, or e-mail: mscheuer@bioch.ox.ac.uk.

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Landscape Paintings

The Land, by Hugh and Judith Davies, Wolfson College, Linton Road, 24 Feb.,--15 Mar. Open daily 10 a.m.--4 p.m. subject to college commitments. Visitors are advised to phone the college Lodge beforehand. Tel.: 01865 274100.

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Periodicals Bought and Sold

Back-issues of scholarly periodicals and journals bought and sold (not scientific or medical). Graham Jeffrey, Periodicals (est. 1967), 29 Cuddesdon Road, Horspath, Oxford, OX33 1JD. Tel.: 01865 872528, fax: 776398. E-mail: gjeffrey1@compuserve.com.

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Office accommodation

Admin. annexe available in secluded North Oxford garden: 4 rooms, complete facilities, ideal location, self-contained, own entrance, parking. Three minutes' town centre. Tel.: 01865 554326 (mornings).

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Oxford University Research Staff Society

The Research Staff Society (RSS) membership consists of Post-doctoral/Junior Research Fellows and Research Assistants who work for the University of Oxford. As most Research Staff are not attached to a college and may be new to Oxford our social events provide a unique opportunity to meet researchers outside your group or department. We aim to provide an interesting and varying social setting in which to mix and to become a voice for research staff within the University. We run social events each month to suit all tastes. Please visit our Web site http://users.ox.ac.uk/~rss/, which provides information on how to join the society as well as details on events which we will be running in the near future. We hope you will decide to join us and very much look forward to meeting you at one of our events this year.

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Services Offered

Long-established Oxford builder: property maintenance, renovations, extensions. Every aspect of the building trade covered. Free estimates. Academic references available. Richard Edwards. Tel.: 01865 343562.

Oxford Symposia: running a conference? No resources or time for the extra workload? Let an experienced conference manager take the strain. Proven track record, eye for detail and essential good humour. University references available. Tel.: 01367 820794. E-mail: oxfordsymposia@aol.co.uk.

Town and Country Trees: arboricultural contractors; modern arboricultural techniques; local authority approved; safeguarded by full Public Liability insurance. Free advice and quotations. Tel.: 0845 458 2980 or 07976 261850 (mobile).

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 world-wide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services, and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 514655, fax: 514656, e-mail: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com, also at: 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, e-mail: staff@mbeheadington.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.: 01865 726983 or 01235 555533.

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Tuition Offered

French and Spanish GCSE and A level coaching, Common Entrance, during Easter vacation, by experienced University lecturer. Tel.: 01865 459744.

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Situations Vacant

St Michael at the North Gate: part-time assistance required in the Visitor Reception Centre/Tower. For details please contact Philip Foxwood on 01865 240940 or 01993 868592.

Research Assistant (part-time 0.5, £18,000 pro rata): Fahamu--learning for change--is seeking a Research Assistant to assist with the production of a rnage of electronic newsletters for the African-based human rights, education, and health sectors, including assistance with the Adilisha Project, a joint project with the Department for Continuing Education. Working as part of a team you will be responsible for: research, compilation and promotion of materials for these electronic newsletters, monitoring of associated information services, and contributing to the editorial development. You must have experience as a researcher or journalist in an academic, media or development field, computer literacy, including experience of web-based research, experience of working under pressure, to tight deadlines, interest and commitment to human rights, and development. Experience of working in Africa, especially in the media, would be an advantage. You must have access to the internet and be willing to work from home. For further details contact: info@fahamu.org, or call 01865 791777. Closing date 30 March. For further information about Fahamu, and the newsletters we produce, visit our Web site: www.fahamu.org.

The Examination Schools: Room Assistants. We are looking for a team of people to work full time, including some Saturdays, for a 6-week period in Trinity term, to cover the exam season (13 May--21 June), with a possible extension to 12 July. Room assistants will be required to work either at the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, or at Ewert House Examination Hall, Summertown. If you have a preference please state this clearly in your covering letter. The duties include setting up examination rooms, tidying up between sessions, laying out script booklets and exam materials, and delivering packages in central Oxford. If you would like to apply please send a c.v. and covering letter to the Clerk of the Schools, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG. For further information phone the Deputy Clerk (Building) on 01865 276905.

The Examination Schools: Invigilators. We are looking for reliable individuals to add to our Register of Invigilators. Work is on a temporary basis during the main exam period which starts this year on 13 May and finishes on 21 June. There are openings to work on either a session basis, where you invigilate individual exam sessions based on your availability for work, or on a block booking basis. A block bookings option requires a commitment to work one of the following: full time for the 6 week exam period; specific weeks during the exam period; specific days in the week during the exam period. these options can be discussed in more details with the Deputy Clerk of Schools (Exams). The work involves laying out of question papers, completing relevant paperwork, and invigilating during the examination session. The majority of exam papers are 3 hours duration which require an invigilation session of approximately 4 hours (morning session: 9 a.m.--1 p.m., afternoon session: 2 p.m.-- 6 p.m.). The payment details for a standard invigilator working a 4 hour session are as follows: 4 hr session (for 3 hr papers): £25.88. There are opportunities for suitable invigilators to act as the senior invigilator at a higher rate of pay. If you are interested please send a c.v. and covering letter to the Deputy Clerk of Schools (Exams), Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG.

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Houses to Let

Lifestyle Letting & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue, Oxford: Canal Walk, Central North Oxford--£2,400 p.c.m. Brand new luxury townhouse in this most sought after area of Oxford. The property offers extremely spacious unfurnished accommodation. Ideal for relocating family. Please call Vicky on 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578, e-mail: lifestyle- lettings@dial.pipex.com, Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Stonesfield (delightful village on edge of Cotswolds). First class fully-furnished 2-bedroom cottage with conservatory--photographs available, for 6 months let commencing 1 May. Rent, inc., of all bills EXCEPT telephone, £1,100 p.c.m. THPM 01993 898490.

Superb family home on 3 floors in central Edinburgh, with sweeping views over playing fields up to Edinburgh Castle. Two minute walk to Botanic Gardens. Very well equipped and furnished with a family kitchen with study/playroom off, and huge sitting-room with fireplace and bay windows; 7 bedrooms (2 doubles, 2 twins, 3 singles, could also be used as studies), 2 bathrooms, garden and on street parking. Available 1 Apr.,--30 Sept. Price: long term £1,500--£2,000, short term, £1,700--£2,200. Please call: 0131 226 1092, or e-mail: Jolyon@div.ed.ac.uk.

Exceptional house to let to exceptional people: newly refurbished for owner to live in at a later date. Centrally located in St Clements area, near Magdalen Bridge, within easy walking distance of city centre, colleges, and covered market; 4-bedroom/studies, suitable for 4 people sharing, for family use or for visiting academics; sitting-room, bathroom with cast iron bath, extra toilet, fitted kitchen with ceramic sink, fridge-freezer, washing machine, fitted gas cooker. Small patio garden. Available from 8 July 2002--5 July 2003. Rental £1,250 p.c.m. Only careful and appreciative tenants need apply. References required. No smokers, no pets. Contact (London) 0207 278 5147, or e-mail: msoar@hotmail.com.

Old Headington: award-winning, converted chapel, in a quiet secluded position among beech trees, 5 minutes' walk from John Radcliffe Hospital and shops. Fully furnished. Living room, 2 stories high, one double bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, larder, storage, garden, car parking space, gas c.h. £900 p.c.m. plus services. Tel.: 01865 768775.

Make finding accommodation easy. Finders Keepers have a dedicated approach to helping you 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), personal service and professional advice. For further information please contact Finders Keepers at 226, Banbury Rd., Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011. Fax: Oxford 556993. E-mail: oxford@finders.co.uk. Internet site: http://www.finders.co.uk.

Charming, cosy, quiet, easy to maintain fully-furnished house in Jericho/north Oxford. Walk to university, train station, bus station, near best schools, parks, centrally heated, recently re- decorated , secluded garden, 2½ bathrooms, washing machine, dryer, telephone, linen, dishes, 2 bicycles. Two bedrooms £1,150 per month, or 3 bedrooms £1,600 per month (inc. bedsit with separate kitchen and entrance). Contact: Oxford: J. Mackrell (eves., or 7--8 a.m.), tel.: 01865 775567; Canada: A. Gaston, tel.: 001 613 745 1368, fax: 001 613 745 0299, e-mail: gaston@cyberus.ca.

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.: 01865 764533, fax: 764777, e-mail: info@qbman.co.uk.

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Summer Lets

East Oxford: 6 month let(from end Apr.,--end Oct.), negotiable. Lovely 2-bedroom (doubles)house with pretty, mature gardens front and back; c.h., washing machine, telephone. Off-street parking. Easy access to town centre. Rent £750 p.c.m. (inc. council tax and water rates). Contact: Ms Whitworth, 01865 722695.

Comfortable, fully-furnished, 2-bedroom town house in North Oxford, available for short summer let from 15 Apr.,--31 Aug. Open-plan living room, modern fitted kitchen with washing machine, and dishwasher, gas c.h., bathroom with electric shower, small garden, garage. Quiet position, close to Cutteslowe Park, frequent bus route to city centre. Suitable for a small family. £700 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 273088, or e-mail: rimas.juskaitis@eng.ox.ac.uk.

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Flats to Let

To rent from April: large, well equipped and newly renovated studio flat on 2nd floor of 18th-century building in historic Marais quarter of Paris, close to Latin Quarter, and Archives Nationales. Available for up to a year, washing machine, telephone, kitchen, bathroom. £800 p.m., heating, electricity, and water included. Contact Régine Plas, e-mail: plas@psycho.univ- paris5.fr.

Central North Oxford, 10 minutes' walk from city centre, University Parks, all main university buildings, and very close to the river. Available for short/long lets. An exceptionally well-furnished, comfortable flat (first floor) in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms. Large double bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Available now. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

A choice of fully furnished, modern, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartments in attractive developments within the ring road. Allocated parking. Available from 1 March. From £795 p.c.m. For more information on these and other properties available please contact Gay Hawley at Finders Keepers, 27 St Clements, Oxford OX4 1AB. Tel.: 01865 200012, e-mail: gayh@finders.co.uk, or visit our Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

Central north Oxford: 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. The ground floor, 1-bedroom, available in early May at £675 p.c.m. The second-floor, 2-bedroom, available mid-March at £750 p.c.m. Spacious Victorian property with good security and parking. Conveniently situated within minutes walk to most university departments and best suited to visiting mature academics or professionals. Tel.: 01865 516144, or fax 01865 437996.

Lifestyle Letting & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue, Oxford: Staverton Road, Summertown--£850 p.c.m. Ground-floor 1-bedroom apartment in a period property. Offered fully furnished and equipped to a good standard. Ideal for academic couple or individual. Please call Vicky on 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578, e-mail: lifestyle- lettings@dial.pipex.com, Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

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Serviced Accommodation

Finally! the luxurious and economical alternative to 5-star luxury hotels, in central Oxford. Ambassador's Oxford offers clients short-stay 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom--1 en suite--5-star apartments in the centre of Oxford with allocated parking. Only 3 minutes' walk from the railway station and the Said Business School. Furnished to a very high standard to include well-equipped kitchen and lounge, computer, printer, internet access, and weekly Maid Service. From less than £100 per apartment per night, to accommodate up to 4/5 guests. Contact: www.ambassadorsoxford.co.uk, or tel.: 07876 203378.

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Accommodation Offered

Delightful rooms in North Oxford available now. £45 p.w. Book by telephone or fax: 01865 511657 or e-mail: mcadex@gofornet.co.uk.

Available by the week for visitors to Oxford: self-contained, fully-furnished studio flat, centrally located in Kingston Road. En suite shower, toilet and washbasin, and fully-equipped kitchen area. Sleeps 2. £280 p.w. all inc. British Tourist Board aproved 3 Starts. For further information tel.: 01865 516913 or visit: http://www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/studioflat.

Paying guests, visiting academics, welcomed for short or long stays in the comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple, in exclusive, quiet, leafy 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-/coffee-making facilities, microwave, and refrigerator and/or deep-freeze availability, c.h., and independent heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./fax: 01865 557879.

Finders Keepers is celebrating its 30th year as Oxfordshire's leading letting agent, providing a specialist service to both landlords and tenants throughout the Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. With experienced letting and management teams Finders Keepers provide a high standard of service to all our clients. If you would like more information about Finders Keepers' services please contact us at our Head Office at 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7BY, tel.: (00 44) 1865 311011, or visit the Finders Keepers Web site at www.finders.co.uk.

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Accommodation Sought

Mature professional seeks unfurnished 2-bedroom flat/house from mid-April, Marston through Wolvercote. Tel.: 01865 517077, e-mail: hyams@oxfordshire.co.uk.

Visiting academic and spouse seek 1-bedroom furnished flat,with living room, for the period July--Dec., preferably in central North Oxford area with parking facility. Non-smokers, no pets. Please contact me at: enrique.cardenas@sant.ox.ac.uk, or at 01865 558800 in the eves.

Housing wanted: family (2 adults, 2 children) from San Francisco, USA, seeks 3--4-bedroom furnished house in West Oxfordshire to let for 11 months from 1 Sept., 2002. Prefer rural area near Witney. In addition, our 3-bedroom flat in central San Francisco is available to rent from 1 Aug., for 1 year. Contact Sara Bartholomew in the United States by phone at 001 415 863 6342 or by e-mail: sbartholomew@mindspring.com.

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: 01865 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.

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Accommodation Exchange

We are looking for 3-bedroom accommodation in Oxford during Aug., to exchange with our first-floor apartment (large sitting room, dining room, kichen, 2 bathrooms, 2 studios, 4 bedrooms, balcony and garden) in Bologna. Quiet residential area, next to the city centre, close to bus stop, good parking facilities. TV, wahing machine, dishwasher, internet PC, CD player. Please contact: Vita Fortunati and Claudio Franceschi, Via Albertazzi 39/II, 40137 Bologna, Italy. Tel.: + 39 052 349781/303931, e-mail: fortunat@lingue.unibo.it.

Home exchange near San Francisco: beautiful, 4-bedroom home, 15 minutes to San Francisco available for exchange with similar or smaller home in or near Oxford, 1 Sept.,--30 Dec. Possible rental from 15 July--30 Aug., also available. Non smokers, no pets. Chris and Jeanette Tietze, tel.: 001 415 924 1377, fax: 001 415 567 2040, e-mail: ctietze@compuserve.com.

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Holiday Lets

Dordogne/Gironde: delightful restored farmhouse in rural hamlet. Fully and comfortably furnished with French antiques plus modern conveniences. Private with stunning views and walks to farmland, woods, and vineyards. Few minutes drive to village shops and church. Accommodation: study/library and sitting-room with open-plan kitchen/dining room, fireplace with wood-burning stove; equipped with fridge-freezer, cooker, and washing machine. Pigeon loft has 2 large bedrooms, 1 can be divided. Huge cool verandah is for dining and games. The concierge lives opposite and maintains the house and grounds, and is always available. Meadow and lawned garden with fruit trees. Pool, 10m x 5m, with paved surround, fenced and maintained by a professional firm. For wine lovers there are famous vineyards like St.Emilion and Monbazillac, and many local vineyards and co-operatives are near, and there is tennis, riding, a public pool, swimming lake with water sports and Chateau Vigiers. Tel.: 01993 881408. E-mail: jangeoff@onetel.net.uk.

Mallorca: traditional village house, recently redecorated, with own swimming pool, and quiet patio area, in excellent location between the coast and mountains. Close to village shops, bakery, and local restaruants, and with beautiful walks through the surrounding olive groves, the house provides the perfect base for relaxing by the pool or exploring the island. Sleeps 6 (3 double rooms). Available for summer lets or out of season. Call: 01865 429377 or e- mail: emmeline.skinner@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Aldeburgh, on the Suffolk Heritage coast: delightful, 2nd-floor apartment with sea view (no lift). Self-catering, fully furnished, sleeps 3. Close to shops and concerts. Aldeburgh is an unspoilt seaside town (fresh fish daily!) with strong musical connections and International Festivals at nearby Snape Maltings. RSPB Minsmere and National Trust properties are also quite close; two local golf courses. Seasonal prices from £200 p.w. inc. of electricity, gas, taxes and lock-up garage. Tel.: 01473 730 737, e-mail: yal20@dial.pipex.com, write: P.O.Box 31, Washbrook, Ipswich, IP8 3HP.

South of France: holiday cottage with private shady garden, 300 yards from sheltered sandy beach in La Ciotat. Sleeps 4 (+ 1 child). Well-equipped kitchen, and linen provided. Available June, July and Aug., 580 euros p.w. (approx. £360). Tel.: 01869 343037. E-mail: talbotlodg@hotmail.com.

Peloppones, Greece: spacious house with 2 bedrooms, terraces and garden. Overlooking olive groves and bay. Close to swimming pool and tennis court. Beach and village, 1 km. £275 p.w. Tel.: 01865 243641. E-mail: jenny@suthrell.freeserve.co.uk.

Traditional Irish farm cottage with open fires, set in 4 green acres, overlooking a lough surrounded by hills and mountains. A warm fire and complimentary glass of Irish Whiskey welcomes you through the door. Sleeps 4-6, cot available, 2 complete bathrooms, and shower, duvets, linen, pillows, and electric blankets provided (not towels). Fully equipped farm kitchen with belfast sink, gas cooker, microwave and turf-burning Aga. A rowing boat, 2 canoes, mountain bicycles, guitar, books, maps, games and T.V. and video are at your disposal. Milk, bread and eggs will be in the fridge. Seven nights, arrival after 3 p.m.--departure before 10 a.m. For further details call: 00353 46 41175 or e-mail: cmc@oxfordshire.co.uk.

Paris 12ème, between Nation and Bastille, small studio, sleeps 2, Rue de Cotte, very near Marché Beauvau, Marché Aligre, "Coulée Verte"; near the Gare de Lyon. Well equipped; bathroom, kitchen area; digicode, and interphone; lift. Non-smokers only. £170 p.w., £320 fortnight, £600 four weeks, no bills. Available 7 April -- 30 July. For pictures, more details:- Studio, 3 Hill Top Road, Oxford OX4 1PB, or tel.: 01865 728603, or e-mail: johnellis46@yahoo.co.uk.

Northern Portugal: delightful farmhouse with pool set in Port wine vineyards with spectacular views over the River Douro. Sleeps 6--8. Tel.: 01296 748989, e-mail: pabeg@quintdelarosa.com, Web site: www.quintadelarosa.com.

Costa del Sol: seaside residence, sleeps 2; lovely views and gardens. Book now for stay. £70 p.w. Book by telephone/fax: 01865 511657, or e-mail: mcadex@gofornet.co.uk.

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. All linen, electricity and cleaning inc. 2002 rates on request. Tel./fax: Nikolaos Glinias, 0030 831 56525, e-mail: nglynias@ret.forthnet.gr.

Cevennes--Gard/Lozere/Ardeche borders: spacious, newly refurbished apartment in stone Cevenol `mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozere National Park. Vine-covered terrace, adjoining modern kitchen, salon, 3 double bedrooms--sleep 8+; bathroom and 2 shower rooms. Well separated from owners' accommodation which is usually unoccupied when this apartment is let. Set at about 1000ft, in over 2 acres of matrue gardens, the house is on the edge of a very quiet hamlet--near a village with shops--in an area of dramatic mountain scenery, with attractive river-swimming. Uzes, Nimes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, Montpellier, Southern Rhome vineyards, Gorges du Tarn--and the Mediterranean--all within easy reach. Available from April (£200--£280 p.w.). Non-smokers only, please. Longer stays encouraged at lower rates; full central heating available for winter lets. For further details, please apply (eves.): 01527 541360.

Umbria--near Perugia, easy reach of Assisi, Lake Trasimene, Orvieto. Flat in restored 17th-c. farmhouse, own private valley, large swimming pool, sleeps 6 in comfort, divisible into 2 self-contained units of 2 and 4 beds. £180--£680 p.w. depending on number of beds and season. Contact phone or fax: 01865 390581.

Italy--right on the Umbrian border with Tuscany. Beautifully renovated spacious cottage sleeping 2, overlooking own vineyard. Also has sofa-bed so could sleep 4. For colour brochure tel.: 01923 497845.

Greek Islands: Skopelos, Alonissos and Skiathos. Lovely island houses and apartments available for rent. Town, country and seaside locations. Accommodation for 2--8 persons. Prices from £60 p.p.p.w. For information see: www.holidayislands.com. E-mail: thalpos@otenet.gr, fax: 0030 4240 23057.

Italy, Umbria: `Casa Colonica' on its own road in hills, 5 miles NE of Assisi, in National Park; distant views over undulating countryside, wild life. Kitchen/dining-/sitting-room, 2 double bedrooms, large bathroom. Car essential: Lombardia, Lake Como: apartment in village house closely overlooking lake. One double bedroom, sitting room/kitchenette, bathroom, open terrace, 25 minutes' from Como city. For either let £350 per week, £600 per fortnight. Tel.: 01865 768775.

Andalucia, Las Alpujarras: delightful rustic farmhouse set in terraced olive groves, with own swimming pool, and fantastic mountain views. Sleeps 6 comfortably (2 doubles, 1 twin), 5 minutes walk to local village, 15 minutes drive to Ugijar market town. Available year round, £380 per week; also available for longer lets. One and a half hours from Almeria airport, or 3½ from Malaga. Car hire preferable. For more information contact tel.: 0779 6167811, or e-mail: jgray58uk@yahoo.co.uk.

"Far from the Madding Crowd"--La Posada del Torcal--awarded `The Most Excellent European Country Hotel 2001' by the Condé Nast Johansens Hotel Guide. Peace and quiet in luxurious surroundings in rural Andalucia. Excellent walking country. Also available--an idyllic collection of farmhouses and country cottages with private pools. Tel.: 0034 952 031 177, e-mail: posadatorcal@codenet.sat; Web site: www.andalucia.com/posada-torcal.

S.W.France: artist's restored 15th-century cottage in truffle-country hamlet near Périgueux. Prehistoric caves and Romanesque architecture, tennis, swimming, walking, nearby. Sleeps 5. £350 p.w. July and Aug., £300 p.w. May, June, Sept., Oct. Central heating also allows comfortable winter and spring holidays @£250 p.w. Contact: chauzan@hotmail.com.

Brinklow cottage, the Lake District: Braithwaite is a hikers' paradise, sitting at the foot of Whinlatter Forest with Grisedale Pike towering behind. This compact, comfortable, affordable accommodation for 2 plus dog, will appeal equally to the young and old, who will appreciated the magnificent views over Derwen Valley and Skiddaw. The cottage is situated on an elevated site above Braithwaite yet within a short stroll to the village shop and two public inns. Prices from £130 p.w. Tel.: 017687 78524, or e-mail: twocthornes@aol.com.

Holiday house in Catalonia: well-appointed, 4-bedroom house in the unspoilt Catalonian village of Regencos (about 60 miles north-east of Barcelona and 4 miles inland), near Palafrugell; available 29 Apr.,-- 31 May, 17 June--13 July, and 2--29 Sept. Several superb beaches within a radius of 6 miles. The house, which sleeps 7, 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 and a single, 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 Sun., and will cook delicious meals. Charges: £375 p.w., or £650 per fortnight, or £1,200 per month. Ring Dr Charles Mould, 01451 860876 (fax: 01451 861691), e-mail: cmm@chalkface.net for further particulars.

Delicious Irish cottage, Donegal, sleeps 4--8. Open fires and shed full of fuel, Aga, set in 5 green acres overlooking a lake, rowing boat and scenery included, pets welcome. Two bathrooms, large kitchen with big old pine table, large cosy sitting room with wood-burning stove. You are in the heart of Ireland's lake district, a perfect country retreat. A place to dream and relax. Beautiful beaches, golf, fishing, good food and pubs, music and much more. Only a short flight away!. Costs £99 p.w. Jan.,/Feb.,/Nov/./Dec.; £175 March/April; £299 May/June/Sept./Oct.; £399 July/Aug. Also available is a smaller cottage. More details tel.: 00353 4641175.

South of France, Lot, traditional stone house for rent in small medieval hilltop village, 5 miles from historic town of Figeac. Sleeps up to 4. Private garden. Fully-equipped kitchen/living room with sofa bed, bedroom, bathroom with shower, and washing machine. Riding, fishing, and canoeing all at close proximity. £250 July/Aug., £200 May/June/Sept. Contact: M. Lawrence, Camboulit, 46100 France. Tel.: 00 33 5 65 40 08 24.

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