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Lecture

Girton comes to Oxford: Changing roles: the work-life conundrum. On 8 June, 2–5.30 p.m., St John's College will be the venue for a presentation of the Girton Study: University and Life Experience. Ways in which we perceive Work, Family, and Communityare changing rapidly. How people function within and move between them is constantly being reassessed as expectations of gender roles, amongst other things, shift. University and Life Experience is a study of women attending university throughout the 20th century which provides invaluable insights into the way women and their aspirations are perceived and responded to by society. Issues for discussion at the meeting are both practical and theoretical, and speakers include Pat Thane, John Cottingham, Judith Finch, Eileen Rubery and Marilyn Strathern. The meeting will be chaired by Andrew Dilnot. For further details, registration (£10, but free to students) contact Andy Wood, roll@girton.cam.ac.uk, or Development Office, Girton College, FREEPOST ANG6880, Cambridge CB3 0YE, tel.: 01223 765685.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History Shop

Museum Swifts by Andrew Lack and Roy Overall, and illustrated Derek and Clive Bromhall, is the new £3.99 booklet describing the findings of the long-running research project established by David Lack in 1947. It is published as the colony returns to breed in the museum tower, and visitors gather round the monitor by the enquiry desk to watch the birds' nesting behaviour until their departure in late August. Also of current interest are the nesting tubes for mason bees, while Heather Angel's book Natural Visionsand a selection of cards and prints relate to her photographic exhibition running 23 May–31 July. The museum is open daily, 12 noon–5 p.m., inc. summer bank holidays. Sales enquiries, tel.: 01865 272961.

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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. Our next event will be a comedy night at Jongleurs on 30 May.

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University Sports Complex

Free Lifestyle Evaluation at the University Sports Complex, Iffley Road, 17–23 June inclusive. Advice available on all aspects of Healthy Living: pre- exercise health screening; fitness and physical activity; nutrition; smoking cessation; fitness testing/exercise prescription. To book your personal consultation: tel. 01865 240476 . E- mail: memberships@sport.ox.ac.uk. Bookings taken after 10 June.

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Friends of the Oxford Botanic Garden

Plant sale, Sun., 26 May, 2.30 p.m.-5 p.m., Harcourt Arboretum at Nuneham Courtenay. Parking available. Sale of plants donated from a wide range of gardens–large and small, celebrated and less well known. Tea and second-hand bookstall of gardening, and horticultural books. Free horticultural advice from expert gardeners.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Novel Views of the Clergy: 30 May, Dr David Grylls (Kellogg College), Thomas Hardy and Religion; 6 June, Dr John Sloan (Harris Manchester College), The Priest in Graham Greene; 13 June, Tom Winnifrith (Warwick University), The Brontës and the Clergy in Fact and Fiction. The talks will be held in St Giles' Church at 12.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs, a small donation would be appreciated.

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Club exists to welcome the spouses and partners of newly arrived graduates, visiting academics to the University, and newly appointed academics. The Club meets for coffee at 13 Norham Gardens on Wed. mornings, 10.30 a.m.–12 noon. The equipment pool operates from the basement at the same time. Amongst our many other activities and outings, the Newcomers and toddlers group meets on Fri. mornings, 10.15 a.m.–12 noon. The final coffee morning of Trinity Term will be on Wed., 19 June, and the first of Michaelmas Term on Wed., 9 Oct.

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Society for Graduates

Meetings are held on Fri., at 8 p.m., in the University Club, Halifax House, 6 South Parks Road (use bell push for entry). Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university and of all ages are eligible for membership: 3 May, Tropical Ecology: Reefs and Forests, Dr Martin Speight; 10 May, Japanese Gold, Arthur Titherington; 17 May, My Life as a Journalist, John Chipperfield, News Editor, Oxford Mail/Oxford Times; 24 May, A Rhineland Cruise, Derek Phillips, Former President of the Society; 31 May, Basic Theory of Acupuncture and its function, Dr He Yeli, Chinese Medical Doctor; 7 June, `Alternative Oxford', Philip Pullman, Whitbread Prize Winner. Subscriptions: Members £5 per term, Visitors £1.50 per meeting. For more information tel.: Anita Segar, 01865 730574.

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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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Books Bought and Sold

New Bookshop in St Aldates: St Philip's Books (proprietor Christopher Zealley) has opened a bookroom at 82 St Aldates, Oxford (entrance in passageway beneath the Elizabeth Restaurant). We carry over 6000 rare and secondhand books, chiefly in the areas of Theology and History. Callers welcome between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mon.,–Fri. Collections or single volumes purchased for stock (tel.: 01865 202182). Web site at: www.stphilipsbooks.co.uk.

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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

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

Are you looking for term time only child care in OX4? We have an absolutely wonderful Nanny who has been caring for our 2 children full time for 2½ years. The youngest is almost school age, but they love Amanda so much that we want to find a way for her to go on looking after them after school and in the holidays. We are therefore looking for 2 pre-school children (not necessarily siblings) who want full-time care during term time, starting in either Sept., or Jan. As long as Amanda can pick up at SS Mary & John at 3.15 each day, we are flexible about all other arrangements. Costs are apporx. £3/hour/child. Call Rachel or Patrick on 01865 773158 any evening or weekend, or e-mail: rachel.home@ntlworld.com.

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

Harvest worker required Aug.–Sept., for farm near Nettlebed. Suit undergraduate for Long Vac. Licence and experience of tractor driving essential. Phone Dave Young, 07831 198376 or 01491 641552.

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Part-time position wanted

Cheerful, motivated, administrative assistant retiring from full-time employment end of July 2002 seeks fulfilling part-time post from end Aug. Please contact Jeannette Hudson-Pudwell after 7 p.m. on 01865 762187, or leave a message on answerphone and I will contact you.

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House Sit

Responsible person, non-smoker, sought for North Oxford house from mid-July–Jan., 2003. No rental but some charge for telephone and utilities. Tel.: 01865 553617 (after 8 p.m. or weekends).

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Houses to Let

Delightful riverside house, fully furnished: 2 bedrooms, garden, parking, 25 minutes city centre. Suit n/s couple. Available June. £875 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 245563.

Detached cottage, 2 miles from Charlbury station: 2 double bedrooms, sitting room, fully equipped kitchen, pretty garden. Available mid-Aug., unfurnished. £750 p.c.m. plus bills. £750 deposit. Tel.: 01993 824965.

North Oxford : excellent furnished 5-bedroom family house, available for 1 year only from end of July. Lounge, conservatory/dining room, fully-equipped modern kitchen, bathrooms on each of 4 floors, office, gas c.h., garden. Friendly quiet street near Summertown shops. £1,600 p.m. Contact 01865 273577 or 01865 439023, e-mail: ball@maths.ox.ac.uk.

Iffley Village: 4-bedroom house; large kitchen diner, study, lounge, 2½ bathrooms. Available from Aug., or Sept. £1,400 p.c.m. E-mail: robin@thekingsheadfritwell.co.uk. Tel.: 01869 346738 or 07768 712534.

Furnished family house to let in rural setting 12 miles north of Oxford, suit visiting academic: 3 bedrooms, 2 sitting rooms, large kitchen/diner leading to large garden, utilities. Easy access M40, and rail station. Good schools. Available Sept., for 12 months. £1,400 p.c.m. E-mail: markpen@btinternet.com, or tel.: 01993 813003.

An exceptionally well-maintained 4-bedroom cottage-style house with a lovely garden in a very desirable location in the heart of Cumnor Village, is available to rent from July. The house is furnished to a high standard but can be let unfurnished for a 1 year period (or longer). This very pretty inner city village has a regular bus service, village shops, excellent primary school, and 2 very good village inns. Must be viewed. £1,100 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 865755.

East Oxford (Cowley): 3-bedroom (2 double, 1 single), comfortably furnished, child-friendly house; large, bright kitchen/dining room, garden with herbs, raspberries, apple tree. Close to bus, parks, gym, wine warehouse. Parking. £800 p.c.m., excl. bills. Available Aug.,–July 2003. No smokers. E-mail: Christina.Kraus@oriel.ox.ac.uk.

Three hundred year old, fully furnished barn: 3 bedrooms, 2 roll-top bathrooms, set ina courtyard within the heart of Charlbury town; own sunken terrace patio, and shared use of walled garden. Available 1 July, no smokers, no children.£900 p.c.m. Tel.: 07850 397990.

Detached chalet-style house, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire (cul-de-sac in quiet village); large sitting-room, dining-room, study, 3 double bedrooms, 2 deluxe bathrooms, luxury fitted kitchen (all machines), conservatory, garden and patio, garage, off- road parking, secure fencing and gates. Fully-furnished with all china, linen, pans, utensils, etc. Rent: £1,000 p.c.m. Deposit: £1,500. Tel.: 01235 (+ 44 1235) 834740, e- mail: diamar@onetel.net.uk.

Available June for long let: Moreton in Marsh (Oxford 27 miles, 35 minutes by train), 3-storey Victorian terrace cottage, 2 double, 1 single bedroom, bath with w.c., separate w.c., sitting-room, study, dining, kitchen etc. Good sized enclosed garden with patio, gas c.h. Well furnished, spacious. Rent £675 p.c.m., plus utilities. References required. Tel.: 01608 810549.

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.

Borders of Iffley Village with easy access to Ring road, local shops and buses; 2 bedrooms, study, bathroom with power shower, sitting room, dining room, kitchen and utility. Sunny garden. Suit professional couple/2 sharing. Fully furnished. £795 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: 01865 777453 or 0775 369 3259 eves.

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.

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.

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Summer Lets

Cottage to let in Cuddesdon, near Wheatley: panoramic views towards the Chilterns and Wittenham Clumps from the edge of this small village; close to A40/M40, 20 minutes to centre of Oxford; 2 double bedrooms, conservatory, large stone-flagged kitchen, sitting/dining room, courtyard garden, all appliances, gas c.h. Available immediately for summer let until Sept./Oct. £600 p.c.m. or £250 p.w. Tel.: 01865 368373/078844 38775.

Central north Oxford: studio flat in quiet Edwardian house in this leafy residential suburb. Fully-furnished with kitchenette, fridge, gas fire, shower, phone line and washing machine. Five minutes' walk from Summertown, 15 minutes from city centre. Available June–Sept., non-smoker. £500 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 515984, or e-mail: alan.allport@psy.ox.ac.uk.

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Flats to Let

Coming to Oxford for a short visit? One bedroom first-floor apartment available fro 3 months from 1 July. Living/dining-room, double bedroom, study area and shared use of garden. £850 p.c.m., incl., council tax and utilities. For further information on this and other properties on our portfolio, 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.

Furnished 2-bedroom ground-floor flat: St Clements/Headington Hill area very close to Brookes University, hospitals etc., 10 minutes to city centre; refurbished kitchen and bathroom, en suite shower room to main bedroom. Suitable non-smoking single, couple or 2 professional or post-doctorate sharers. Available early/mid-July, for minimum 6 month let. Tel.: 01865 512149.

Central Oxford, Folly Bridge, 5 minutes' walk from Carfax Tower, in a quiet residential area, with private garden, and a few yards from the river: bedsitter, with large kitchen, washing machine, bathroom with bath and shower. Fully furnished. Suit single person or couple. Available from 1 Sept.–31 Jan., 2003. £550 p.c.m., plus bills. Tel.: 01865 722343 (eves., or leave a message), cell: 07762 945831, e-mail: pieor.pinza@virgin.net.

Comfortable furnished flat with separate entrance in quiet rural surroundings 6 miles south-west of Oxford: sitting-room, study area, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen with washing machine. Ample parking space, free use of private squash court. Available from 1 Aug., for academic year (or more). Rent £450 p.c.m. incl., hot water and c.h. Tel.: 01865 390535.

London: studio flat (Marylebone W1–close to Baker Street tube), available for long let. Fully-fitted kitchen, bathroom/shower, TV. £700 p.c.m., excl. of utilities. No agents' fees involved. Tel.: 01865 250046 or 07960 539796 mobile.

Beautiful newly refurbished basement flat in central North Oxford. Flat has own entrance, kitchen, bathroom, small study area and 2 rooms. At present the 2 rooms are rented out individually to 2 sharers. The largest room, with French windows onto garden is £125 p.w., the smaller room is £105 p.w. bills all incl. Would prefer long-term agreement but might be willing to rent out for a short-term holiday let. Also available 3-bedroom house in North Oxford/Cutteslowe: newly refurbished kitchen. Would suit family or sharers. £795 p.c.m. Both available now. Please contact 01865 554961.

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. Two ground-floor flats in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms. One completely refurbished t a high standard, available now. The other flat available for 4 months, June–Oct. One double, one large single bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Available now. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

North Oxford , 2-bedroom apartment available from the first of June at £725 p.c.m. An attractive ground-floor, 1 double and 1 single bedroom-study, with patio and parking, it forms part of a small development 4 years old at a stones throw from Summertown amenities, and easy access to most university departments. Best suited to matrue professionals and visiting academics. Tel.: 01865 516144, or fax 01865 437996.

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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

Attractive and quiet room to let in pretty and friendly central North Oxford family home. Shared bathroom and use of kitchen. Reasonable rent for the right person. Female preferred. Tel.: 01865 510650.

Individual study bedroom available in purpose-built residential block in rural outskirts of Oxford. Ideal accommodation for single academic or professional seeking quiet surroundings close to Oxford. Located 3 miles from Oxford city centre, with cycle routes to the centre. Maintained communal areas and extensive grounds with swimming pool, and private parking. Available now at £285 p.c.m. incl., council tax and utilities. For more information please contact Julia at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 00 44 (0) 1865 302344. E-mail: julian@finders.co.uk, or visit the Finders Keepers Web site at: www.finders.co.uk.

Room to let in listed 16th-c., thatched cottage close to city centre. Many period features, traditionally decorated, shared bathroom, garden and private parking. Available May. £450 p.m., inc. all bills and cleaner. Suit non-smoking, independent and easy-going individual. Tel.: 01865 250722.

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.

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.

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Accommodation Sought

Academic visitor from Belgium, non-smoker, is looking for a place to stay for approx. 2 months, from Oct.–Dec. Preferences: quiet environment, kitchen facilities, not too far from the centre. E-mail: rafael.declercq@hiw.kuleuven.ac.be, or send fax addressed to R. De Clercq to +32 16 32 63 11.

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

I would like to exchange my flat in Paris for somewhere in Oxford, ideally from Sept.2002 – June 2003.I live in the centre of Paris, a few blocks from major metro and RER stations, 1 minute from a pedestrian market street with all you need to cater (several butchers, bakeries, fishmongers etc.), and within walking distance of the Palais Royal, the Louvre, and the Tuileries gardens. The flat is a duplex appartment of 70 sq m., located on the top and 4th floor (no lift). Downstairs are 2 bedrooms (the master bedroom and a child's bedroom), and bathroom with washer/drier. Upstairs is a living room/study/kitchen/dining area with a dishwasher, oven, and microwave. As it faces South and has very large windows it is flooded with light most of the day. If you are interested or need more information please contact me via e-mail: clarisse.berthezene@wanadoo.fr, or tel.: 00 331 40 26 90 38.

We are looking to exchange a modern 4-bedroom, colonial house on 1.75 acres of wooded land in Boonton Township, New Jersey, for a house in or near Oxford for 6–8 months between Jan.,–Aug., 2003. Start and end dates are flexible. Our house is on a secluded cul-de-sac in a rural section of North Central NJ, has all modern conveniences, and 2 cars. It is a 10 minute drive to Routes 80 and 287 giving easy access to the entire tri-state area. For details please contact Jim and Elizabeth Tepper, e-mail: tepper@axon.rutgers.edu, or tel.: 001 973 299 0967, fax: 001 973 299 0912.

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Accommodation Sought to Rent or Exchange

Would you like to live in the country? Idyllic, remote, stone built farmhouse and studio in the Peak District National Park available for 3/6/9 month let, or temporary house swap with home to reach new north Oxford job. Tel.: 0845 458 3510 (Lo- call).

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Holiday Lets

South-west France: attractive farmhouse set in over 1 acre of garden, beautiful quiet position, 10 x 5 m swimming pool, 3 km from medieval village of Lauzerte, autoroute from Bordeaux 2 hours. Golf, tennis and fishing nearby, and Cahors wine region. Sleeps 6 plus attic bedroom with 5 single beds. Still available 14–28 Sept. £500 p.w., longer autumn/winter lets negotiable. Tel.: Helen 01367 810218/Sally 01494 864573.

Competa, East of Malaga, Andalucia: our Spanish home, situated amongst olive trees with enchanting views over Competa village, mountains and the Mediterranean could be your home during this year.; 900 metres above sea level, 1½ hours drive from Malaga airport, 10 minutes' walk from village, the architect-designed house has bathroom and 3 bedrooms with 2 beds in each on a lower level, then hall and w.c., very spacious L-shaped kitchen, dining and living area on upper levels. Sun, shade and wonderful views from numerous terraces, amazing beauty to explore by foot and car. The friendly village of great charm has all necessary shops and facilities. English family will look after the house and provide help as needed. To see pictures and for more details tel., Mr & Mrs Norland 01865 439341.

Prague: luxury penthouse apartment in a building classified as one of the most important Renaissance houses in Prague. It lies in a secluded courtyard off Nerudová Street, below Prague Castle in the heart of the city's world-famous Malá Strana (Lesser Town) district. Very easy access on foot (400–800 m) to the nearby Castle, Charles Bridge, Cathedrals and embassies. Wonderful views across the rooftops of the lesser town to the Schönborn and Lobkowicz Palace gardens. Extensively renovated and restored to the highest standards in 2002, the apartment has 2 bedrooms, entrance hall, large open living space with exposed wooden beams, modern well- equipped kitchen area, luxury bathroom with w.c., jacuzzi and separate shower, additional second separate toilet, c.h., full air conditioning. Web site: www.pragueflat.biz, or e-mail: pragueflat@hotmail.com. Tel.: 01865 761000.

Caribbean–Bequia, The Grenadines: 'Sea Star' an enchanting villa, 100 ft above sandy Friendship Bay, consists of 3 cottages nestled together in tropical gardens; 3 double bedrooms have en suite bathrooms, verandas off each bedroom have spectacular views of azure ocean, kitchen, reception/dining room, sun deck, hammock, daily maid, laundry, jeep rental included. Six guests: £170 each per week. Other rentals available. Sailing, speedboat, diving and watersports at discount. Tel.: Lara Cowan Hadley on 01993 850 285, e-mail: lara@grenadine-escape.com.

Andalucia, Gaucin: Casa Alta, delightful private house in white mountain village to let July–Aug., whilst author/owner away; 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living area with open fireplace, fully-fitted kitchen, leading onto terrace with magical view to Gibraltar, the coast, and the mountains of Africa. Very comfortably furnished, TV, video, washing machine, deep freeze etc. Excellent maid by arrangement. £400 p.w., reduction longer lets. Also Casa Flora, self-contained guest house to above, available all year round. Separate entrance. Large sitting room, with French windows onto terrace with same fabulous view to mountains of Africa. Sleeps 2–3. Bathroom en suite, plus separate shower room, kitchen, wood stove, fridge, washing machine etc. Price according to season £150–£300 p.w. For both properties tel.: 00 34 95 215 11 11 or e-mail: venetia@ari.es.

Umbria, Italy: enjoy rolling countryside on Tuscan border from a choice of 2 apartments, and 1 cottage, available in period stone farmhouse. Good size swimming pool. For further details see our Web site: www.umbrialink.com/pioppi, or for brochure e-mail: timaltby@tin.it.

Washington DC: house for rent for 3–4 weeks in Aug.,; 3 bedrooms, fully air-conditioned, large garden, in beautiful wooded area of Chevy Chase DC. Oxford family relocated to Washington will be away in Aug. Perfect for a family who want to spend time in the area. Museums are free, lots of parks, pools, horse riding, water sports and natural beauty. $800 USD p.w. E-mail: hgg@btinternet.com, or tel.: 001 202 362 2921.

Cornwall Bed and Breakfast: Colgare House, which is on the Lanhydrock estate near Bodmin, has 2 double and 2 single bedrooms, and is open all the year. Colgare House is peaceful, surrounded by woodlands and pastures, only 10 mintues from A30 and A38. Bodmin Parkway is a short drive or 25 minute walk. Central to all the Cornwall attractions, e.g. Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan are 20 minutes by car, the north and south coasts an easy 30–35 minute drive. There are good cycle tracks, and superb walking all around. See Web site: www.cornwallexplore.co.uk. Costs are £28 per person per night. Please contact Ngari Scoble, tel.: 01208 269605, mobile: 07980 629 505. E-mail: colgarehouse@hotmail.com.

Burgundy (Morvan National Park): 19th-c., stone cottage in quiet hamlet, sleeps 5+; enclosed front and rear gardens backing onto own meadow with stream. Spacious sitting room, 1 double and 1 triple bedroom, study, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, washing-machine, c.h., tel., log fires. Ideal for peace and quiet, walking, swimming in nearby lakes, wine-tasting, and sightseeing in Burgundy (½ hr from Vézelay and Avallon). Dates available June-Sept., inc. £225–£275 p.w. Tel.: 01865 721539.

Tuscany, Italy: short or long-term rents, beautifully restored 2-storey country house on the top of a hill by large vineyard and olive trees, 5 bedrooms (with up to 8 beds), 2 bathrooms, kitchen, lounge, sitting-room, private swimming pool, garden, cable, VCR, Internet. Wonderful and quiet, in the Chianti area, only 5 mins., drive from Chiusi town, shops, railway/motorway, 1 hour from Rome and Florence, 30 mins., from Siena. E- mail: marino@demata.tuscany.it, tel.: + 39 055 602044, + 39 328 7133951, Web site: www.demata.tuscany.it.

Cottage for rent, West Buckland, S. Devon: 10 minutes' walk to beach, golf club, tennis, sailing estuary; 15 minutes' drive to Salcombe; sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms; bathroom, separate living room, dining room, kitchen and downstairs w.c. Pretty south-facing garden with table and chairs. Very well maintained and clean. £250–£500 p.w. Call 0208 541 5449.

Venice: large flat in the heart of Venice, near Palazzo Grassi, in the heart of Venice, with large traditional sitting-room, and separate dining room, well-appointed kitchen, 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom, second bedroom with twin beds, third bedroom with 1 bed (+ 1), and a second bathroom. The flat is ideal for a family, in pristine condition, and available for short periods on a weekly basis at £600 per week. Tel.: + 39 0423 723582, e-mail: tagariello@libero.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.

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.

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 844334 or e-mail: hugobowles@tiscalinet.it.

Northumberland, 5 miles north of Alnwick, within easy reach of both cheviot hills, and beautiful coast. Stone-built cottage in hamlet, sleeps up to 6. Please tel.: 01665 579292. n

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