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Concert

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 £10–£30: Concessions £5 off. Box Office: 01865 305305 or online: www.oxfordphil.com.

Holywell Music Room, Sun., 17 Mar., 2.45 p.m.: Wihan String Quartet play Suk's quartet in B flat opus 11, Martinu's quartet no. 2 and Dvorak's quartet in G major op. 106. Box office (Playhouse) 01865 305305: tickets £12, seniors £10, students/juniors £5; at the door £13, £11, £3; some free tickets for 8-22 year-olds.

Magdalen College School is holding a concert on Wed., 20 March at 8 p.m. at The Sheldonian Theatre. The School's First Orchestra, Choral Society and Parents' Choir present music from Nicolai, Grieg, Elgar and Haydn. Tickets: Adults £6 and £4, under 18s £3 and £2. Ticket sales: 01865 242191. All welcome.

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Conference

Enigma and the Intelligence War, a conference organised jointly by Christ Church, Oxford, and the Bletchley Park Trust, will be held at Christ Church, 1-5 Sept. Speakers include Sir Michael Howard, Lord Dacre, Dr David Kahn, Professor Chrisopher Andrew, Professor M. R. D. Foot, and WW2 code breakers. For the brochure or enquiries about this unique event, please e-mail: trevor@academic-study.com, or call 01869 243 195.

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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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Services Offered

Academic Study and Travel is an Oxford-based lifelong learning agency: AST offers an experienced, professional service in the design, organisation, and delivery of academic programmes, single lectures, day schools, conferences, study tours, and summer schools. Projects of all sizes undertaken. Web site: www.academic-study.com. Tel.: 01869 243195, e-mail: trevor@academic-study.com.

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.

Painting,Carpentry, Building and Design: small and medium-sized projects undertaken, from shelving, through kitchens to home extensions; decorating, internal and external; and planning applications. Free advice, quotations and references. Tel.: Ian on 01865 308188, or 07773 712 829.

Gardener–Colin Broad–offers over 20 years of horticultural expertise–creating practical and beautiful gardens for pleasure, family or commercial use. A complete service from design to completion (portfolios available). Tel.: Colin on 01608 819109, mobile: 07866 810858.

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).

Riverline: the only design and print company you will ever need–colour or black and white print, litho, digital and photocopying, graphic design, stationery, brochures, leaflets, poster and exhibition panels. Call us on: 01865 326222, e-mail: infor@riverline.co.uk, or visit our web site: www.riverline.co.uk.

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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Situations Vacant

Oxford Institute for Energy Studies: Secretary/Administrator. The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies is a non-profit making centre for advanced research into the social science aspects of energy. Applications are invited for a part-time (approx. 26 hrs per week) secretarial/administrative position. Key roles include: organising seminars; preparing the Journal of Energy Literature, OIES newsletter and OIES annual report; liaising with publishers and printers; maintaining sales and contacts databases. Candidates must be familiar with Windows Office software with a particular emphasis on database packages. A highly competitive salary is available plus generous holidays and pension. Send c.v. to: neil.atkinson@oxfordenergy.org or by mail to: Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, 57 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6FA.

Bibliographic researchers needed–The New Dictionary of National Biography is looking for experienced and computer-literate bibliographic researchers, preferably with some copy-editing, proofreading or keyboarding experience, for casual in- house work. Must be able to work at least 17.5 hrs per week, and start mid-April. Previous applicants need not re-apply. Contact Jane Thurgood on 01865 355055 for more information.

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.

Oxford University Rugby Football club require a Club Groundsman. OURFC are looking for a new Club Groundsman for their ground at Iffley Road, Oxford. The groundsman would be required to work flexible hours as necessary to prepare and maintain the pitch, surrounding grounds, and facilities. This is a challenging yet rewarding position, requiring a person who is highly motivated and organised. An interest and knowledge of rugby would be advantageous. A 3-bedroom house on the grounds comes with the position, a competitive salary dependent on experience and qualifications, and entry to the University pension scheme. For a full job description please call the club on 01865 432000. Applications should be made in the form of a current c.v., including 2 referees with an accompanying letter of application, and sent to the Administrator at: Oxford University Rugby Club, Jackdaw Lane, Off Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SR. Closing date: Fri., 5 April.

Administrative Secretary of University Church of St Mary the Virgin– inc., concerts, visits, and publicity: 25 hours p.w. (times negotiable), Mon.,–Fri. Excellent computer, organisational and personal skills essential. £7.50 per hour, 4 weeks holiday. Might suit graduate spouse. For job description and application form e-mail: university.church@ox.ac.uk, or write: University Church, High Street, OX1 4AH.

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.

University Church–Organist and Director of Music. The Vicar seeks to appoint a Director of Music from July 2002. Applicants should be of ARCO standard and have experience of choral conducting. The church has a fine mixed voice choir which sings on Sundays and Wednesdays during full term. The Director would be expected to provide music on Sundays throughout the year. £5,000 p.a. For job description and application form e-mail: university.church@ox.ac.uk, or write: University Church, High Street, OX1 4AH.

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

Botley: refurbished house, 2 double bedrooms, brand new fitted bathroom, kitchen-diner, large rear garden, off-road parking. Situated near Botley Road, and A420/A34 roundabout. Suit professional couple. Renewable 6/12 month contract. £850 p.c.m. Tel.: 07900 496506.

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 storeys high, one double bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, larder, storage, garden, car parking space, gas c.h. £900 p.c.m. plus services. Tel.: 01865 768775.

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.

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.

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 Let

Headington: comfortable well-appointed home to let for 4 weeks from 18 July, 2½ miles from Oxford city centre. Suitable for up to 4 people–non-smoking adults only please. £275 per week. Phone: Ellis 01865 762637 or e-mail: ellis@oxfree.com.

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

Lifestyle Letting & Management, 1 North Parade Avenue: (i) Summertown Court, Summertown–£750 p.c.m. Superior first-floor, 1-bedroom apartment, fully furnished to an exceptional standard. Off-road parking and close to the local shops and amenities; (ii) Bardwell Road, central North Oxford–£1,700 p.c.m. Duplex spacious split-level apartment in a period property, offering 3 large double bedrooms, and 3 reception rooms. Recently refurbished to a quality finish. Contact us for a full list of property: Tel.: 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578. E-mail: lifestyle-lettings@dial.pipex.com, Web site: www.letitbetter.co.uk.

Furnished 2-bedroom ground-floor flat to let St Clements/Headington Hill area. Very close to Brookes University, 10 minutes to city centre, refurbished kitchen and bathroom, en suiteshower room to main bedroom. Available immediately. £800 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 512149.

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.

Central North Oxford, 10 minutes' walk from city centre, University Parks, all main university buildings, and very close to the river, a ground-floor flat with 1 double bedroom, and 1 large single bedroom, large drawing-room, bathroom, kitchen,in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb. Available mid-June for short/long let. Off-street parking, large secluded garden.Tel./fax: 01865 552400

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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.

Available 1 April (long let only): modern decor and furnishings, 1 double bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, c.h. All facilities. Private parking. Quiet Banbury Road location, ½ mile city centre. Non-smoker. Monthly rental £600 plus Council Tax. Contact: 01993 852196.

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Accommodation Offered

Small, but nicely decorated room available with own (not en suite) bathroom, in friendly house in Kirtlington. £75 p.w. inc., electricity but excl. telephone. Call 01869 351268. suit postgrad.

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

Non-smoking, no pets, academic faculty director for Oxford Study Abroad programme seeks to rent with her husband a furnished house/flat (at least 2 bedrooms) in Jericho or North/south Oxford (walking distance from centre), late Aug.,–mid/late Dec. Contact Paula Gilbert on 001 703 764 0764 or e-mail: pgilbert@gmu.edu.

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 5342 or by e-mail: sbartholomew@mindspring.com.

Will you be on holiday or off doing fieldwork during the month of July? We would like to rent your furnished house or flat near, or accessible by bus, to the Oxford University campus during the month of July. Academic, non-smoking couple with 3½ year old son would like accommodation with 1 or more bedrooms. We can supply credentials and would gladly take care of any plants or pets. Please contact us by e-mail: Lbass@ou.edu or airmail Professor Bass, Dept of Sociology, 331 Kaufman Hall, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019.

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.

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

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 to exchange a house in Spello (Perugia) or Montepulciano (Siena) for a very small house in Oxford or Abingdon. Spello is a small medieval town, 8 km from Assisi, 15 km from Perugia, 170 km from Rome and 150 km from Florence. The house is fully furnished and equipped, comprising a large living/sitting room with fireplace, bedroom, small kitchen and bathroom; Montepulciano is a small Renaissance town with many important 16th-century buildings. Situated on a hillside with wonderful views it is 50 km from Siena, Arezzo and Perugia, and 70 km from Florence and Rome. The area is rich in warm and cold thermal pools. The house is fully furnished and equipped, comprising kitchen, bed-sitting room, and bathroom. During the year there are many Italian language courses for foreigners. Please contact the Bazzucchi family on: 0039 065 110488, e-mail: a.bazzucchi@libero.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.

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.

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Holiday Lets

Magic Cave. Charming (if tiny) flat for two in Cordes-sur-Ciel, the fabled Cathar walled city in the Tarn, a veritable jewel of the Middle Ages, and only an hour from Toulouse airport. Comfortably furnished, with its own kitchen and bathroom, the flat has access to a separate private garden, and is well placed for sightseeing–ses vues panoramiques, et tout ca–fabulous markets, restaurants, walking and cycling. Ludicrously cheap and available all year round–ideal for budget-concious gourmands, penny-pinching scholars, and cash-strapped lovers of La France Profonde. Tel.: The Aged Campbell, 00 33 5 6356 1769.

South-West France: attractive farmhouse set in over 1 acre garden, beautiful quiet position, 10 x 5 m. swimming pool, 3 km from medieval village Lauzerte, autoroute from Bordeaux 2 hours. Golf, tennis and fishing nearby, and Cahors wine region. Sleeps 6 plus attic bedroom with 5 single beds. Available April £350 p.w., May/June/Sept., £500 p.w., longer stays negotiable. Tel.: Helen 01367 810218, Sally 01494 864573.

Czech Republic: charming woodland cottage only 30 minutes from Prague, available May–Oct. Sleeps 5+. Lovely lake for swimming, boating, surfboarding. Views, walks, woodfires, mushrooms, castles. Good food and wine still a bargain! English speaking owner. From £280 p.w. Tel.: 0207 373 0667.

Charming terrace 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.: 01865 513464 (eves.).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dordogne and Rome holiday rentals. Stone house in an acre of garden in the Dordogne, France with a fabulous 270 degree panorama (sleeps 8/10). Also 19th-century country farmhouse with lovely views, 45 minutes from Rome, and 2 hours from Florence (sleeps 4 with downstairs rooms available to sleep 4 more). Prices vary from £250–£600 p.w. Private owner: 01223 353603 or e-mail: hugobowles@tiscalinet.it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SW 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. n

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