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Volunteers Wanted

Perfectionist? Do you set yourself high standards? Researchers at Oxford University are looking for people to discuss their experiences of perfectionism. Study involves some questionnaires and an interview. Further information: Caroline Riley, 01865 223914, e-mail: caroline.riley@psych.ox.ac.uk. Expenses reimbursed. Ethics no: O02.070.

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Concerts

University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sat., 19 July, 8 p.m. Mozart, Exsultate Jubilatewith Fiori Musicali, featuring Czech soprano Katerina Furstova, with Kerstin Linder-Dewan (solo violin), Gail Hennessy (solo oboe), chamber orchestra and harpsichord. Tickets £9, £15 (concessions £3, £5 for children, students and unemployed) available from: Tickets Oxford, The Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, tel.: 01865 305305 or online from www.ticketsoxford.com, or from Classic Concerts Box Office 01327 360931, or on the door.

Emma Kirkby sings Handel, with Katy Bircher (flute), string ensemble and harpsichord. University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sat. 26 July, 8 p.m. Ticket prices are £10, £20 (concessions £3, £5 for children, students and unemployed) available from: Tickets Oxford, The Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, tel.: 01865 305305 or online from: www.ticketsoxford.com, or from Classic Concerts Box Office 01327 360931, or on the door.

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Club welcomes the wives and partners of visiting scholars, graduate students, and members of the University who are new to Oxford. It aims to offer help, advice, information, andthe opportunity to meet each other socially. Informal coffee mornings are held at 13, Norham Gardens every Wed., 10.30–12 noon. Other activities in the club room include the Craft Group, Book Group, and informal Conversation Group. Newcomers with children (0--4 years) meet every Fri. in term, 10.15 a.m.--12 noon. We organise tours of colleges and museums, visits to places of interest, country walks, and outings to gardens and antique shops. Secondhand items can be bought on Wed. mornings from the basement. Visit our Web site on www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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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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Antiques Bought and Sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold: desks and library furniture always wanted, also garden stonework. Please call: Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn Street, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon.,–Fri., 9.30 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tel.: 01993 705026, mobile: 07831 585014.

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Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration: 30 years experience; collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to: The Workshop, 11A High Street, Chipping Norton, Oxon. OX7 5AD. Tel.: 01608 641692.

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Periodicals Bought and Sold

Back-issues of scholarly periodicals and journals bought and sold. Graham Jeffrey, Periodicals (est. 1967), 29 Cuddesdon Road, Horspath, Oxford, OX33 1JD. Tel.: 01865 872528, fax: 776398. E-mail: gjeffreysatu@aol.com.

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Services Offered

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.

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).

The Oxford Advisory Partnership LLP, 2–4 High Street, Kidlington, OX5 2DH.Independent Financial Advisers. Tel.: 01865 848770, fax: 01865 849543, e-mail: peharris@oxfordadvisory.com. We have been associated with the University of Oxford since 1994 and specialise in providing a personal financial planning service to members of the academic community. We provide advice on: retirement planning, school fees plans, critical illness cover, holistic financial planning, stakeholder pensions, savings & investments, income protection, long term care, inheritance tax, ethical investments, life assurance options, mortgages & remortgages. Please contact us to arrange an initial consultation at no charge or obligation to take further action. A member of Financial Options Ltd which is regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). The FSA does not regulate all forms of the products or services we provide.

Indexing: Oxford Academic Services; indexing, project management, history research projects. Details of all services: judith@history.u-net.com, or Judith Loades, P.O.Box 323, Burford, Oxon. OX18 4XN.

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Camp Energy

Located in the beautiful setting of The Dragon School the camp's aims are to offer exciting and rewarding opportunities to children during their school holidays, and to emphasise the importance of physical activity, taught by professional coaches in our daily schedule. A typical days also includes arts and crafts in a new purpose built art studio together with excursions to places of local interest. Camp Energy is a registered provider of childcare and all staff are police checked and vetted. For further information please call 01865 292072 or visit our Web site: www.campenergy.com. All university staff will receive a 10% discount (please supply your University Identity Card number when booking).

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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

Merton College: Warden's secretary. The college wishes to recruit a personal secretarial assistant to the Warden, Professor Jessica Rawson. Candidates should have excellent word processing and shorthand skills, considerable organisational experience, and an ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds. Normal office hours are 0900 to 1700 Mon. to Fri. Conditions of employment include 26 working days holiday leave, plus public holidays, a contributory pension scheme, medical insurance and lunch when on duty. Salary will be up to approx. £19,000 p.a. Further details and an application form may be obtained from Clifford Webb, Bursar, Merton College, Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD (clifford.webb@merton.ox.ac.uk). Interviews will be conducted as soon as possible after the closing date for applications, 7 July.

St Michael at the North Gate Church require a part-time Administrator. Salary £10,000–£12,500 p.a. Please apply, together with a CV and 2 references to: The Revd Hugh Lee, St Michael's Church Centre, Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3EY. Tel.: 01865 316245 or 240940. Closing date: Fri., 27 June.

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Summer Lets

Victorian terrace cottage, between station and George Street (OX1 2EZ on Multimap.co.uk): 3 bedrooms, sleeps 5 + sofa bed. Large sitting/dining room; bathroom. Garden backs on to stream. Available July onwards. £400 p.w. or less for longer period. Also possible to negotiate longer term let for academic year (to June 2004). Contact Pandora on 01491 651247 or e-mail: maxfam@btinternet.com for further information.

Large Victorian house in central north Oxford,close to university departments and city centre, and in quiet side street: 5 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; 2 reception rooms; large kitchen (with Aga) leading into big sunny walled garden. Off-street parking. Sleeps 8. Available month of Aug. only, at £1,700 p.c.m. incl. Contact I. Macdonald on 01865 421234, or Dr J. Reynell on 01865 516615, e-mail: macdonaldreynell@ntlworld.com.

Central North Oxford: 1- and 2-bedroom, well furnished apartments within walking distance to city and university centre; 1-bedroom available July to Sept. at £700 p.c.m., the 2-bedroom flats available Aug. to Sept. at £800 p.c.m. Other summer dates may be available. Tel.: 01865 516144 or fax 01865 437996.

Spacious 6-bedroom (sleeps 10), 2-bathroom fully-equipped house on 4 floors with garden backing onto canal and overlooking fields. Available July–Sept. Near city centre and colleges. Off-road parking. Tel.: 01865 288123 or e-mail: david.harper@regents.ox.ac.uk.

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Houses to Let

North Oxford , 2 new, bright, fully and tastefully furnished family houses with a choice of 2 bedrooms, plus study, or 4 bedroom, master bedrooms with en suite, family bathroom, cloakroom, lounge/diner, kitchen/breakfast, small landscaped garden, private parking. Just available. Best suited to professionals or visiting academics seeking excellent standard accommodation in a good residential location just north of Summertown parade, with easy access to the centre of Oxford, university and hospital departments. Rents from £1,075 and £1,350 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 516144. Fax: 01865 437996.

Four-bedroom house to let from Aug.; lovely, fully-furnished 4- bedroom house in residential north Oxford, close to schools, Summertown shops, and recreation centres. Twenty minutes' walk, or 5 minutes' bike ride from city centre (frequent bus route). Master bedroom with en suitebathroom on second floor, 2 further double bedrooms, and single bedroom, family bathroom, and shower room with bidet. Open-plan sitting room with sunny south-facing dining area. Fully fitted kitchen with built-in fridge-freezer, dishwasher, gas hob, and electric oven. Utility room with washing machine. Further reception on first floor (currently sitting room with mini kitchen bu flexible). Off-street parking. Attractive easy gardens. See: http://www.novembergames.co.uk/forlet. £1,875 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: +44 (0) 1865 554142.

Lovely 3-bedroom house for let. Quiet part of Long Hanborough village. Freshly decorated, all mod cons, secluded garden, garage. Rail links to Oxfordshire/London, close to schools and shops. Tel.: 01993 883197, Mobile: 07775 952146, e-mail: debbie.cotton@lineone.net.

Three-bedroom house to rent in peaceful yet convenient position off the Abingdon Road. Own off-road parking and garage. Walking distance from city; adjacent to cycle path, and near bus routes. Park and local shopping facilities nearby. Sitting room, good size kitchen, and upstairs bathroom with shower. Small, easily maintained, south facing garden. Gas c.h., new carpets and curtains. Length of let negotiable. £895 p.c.m. Available now. Please call 01865 862071 or 07770 592024.

Beautifully modernised house to let, East Oxford, 8 or 9 months from Sept. Two double bedrooms; 2 studies; sitting room; dining room; 1½ bathrooms; c.h.; appliances. Tweny minutes' walk Bodleian, near London bus. Walled garden. £1,000 monthly. Tel.: 01865 242966.

St Clements, Victorian home: well present, fully furnished and equipped, 2-bedroom house in excellent location. Living/dining room; kitchen; 2 double bedrooms; bathroom (with separate shower cubicle); small private courtyard. Available July, £900 p.c.m. For more information please contact Anna Turner at Finders Keepers, 27 St Clements, Oxford OX1 4AB. Tel.: 01865 200012 or e-mail: annat@finders.co.uk, or visit our Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

Detached, furnished,3-/4-bedroom house off Iffley Road: close to shopping etc.; quiet neighbourhood. Would suit visiting family or 4 professionals. Double glazing, c.h., washing machine and drier, garage plus off-street parking. £1,200 p.c.m. References and deposit required. 12 months lease. Tel.: 01865 766032 or e-mail: crescent@highstream.net.

Hayfield Road, central North Oxford: 30 metre garden with roses and quince tree backing onto Oxford Canal, with trap grounds and reed beds beyond. This is an idyllic spot for a non-smoking couple seeking rural tranquillity within easy walking distance of the University and city centre; open plan living and dining room, with piano; fully fitted kitchen; 2 bedrooms, bathroom and WC upstairs. £1,000 p.c.m. Available from 1 Sept. View at : www.portholland.com/Hayfield, and then e-mail: Gabriel.Amherst@ntlworld.com.

Charming cottage, Westcott Barton, 12 miles north-west of Oxford, in a quiet corner of village. (Bus to Oxford or short drive to Charlbury station). Attractively furnished and equipped. Two bedrooms (1 double bedroom, 1 spare bedroom/study). Beams, inglenook fireplace, woodburning stove, gas c.h., country antiques, washer/drier, fridge/freezer, bath/shower, small walled south-facing garden, garage. Available from late Sept. E-mail: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.uk.

Quiet terrace house, furnished, available Sept. for up to 1 year. Situated in West Oxford near meadows and river. One double bedroom; large kitchen with washing machine, gas cooker, fridge and freezer; dining room; lounge and sitting room; 40 ft garden and patio; gas c.h.; bathroom with power shower. Newly decorated. Very convenient for train station. Fifteen minutes' walk from town . £800 p.m.. exc. E- mail: jonardon@liv.ac.uk. Tel.: jonardon@liv.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 423345.

Superb furnished 3-bedroom detached house in nearer Headington, available mid-Aug. to mid-Apr. Spacious floor plan with living room, dining room, family room, fully fitted kitchen with washer and drier. Charming secluded garden with greenhouse and shed. Off-street parking. Walk to John Radcliffe hospital, shops, country walks, with easy access to city and colleges. £1,100 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 741 024.

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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Flats to Let

North Oxford: 1-and2-bedroom apartments (1 double, 1 single) in the centre of Summertown, a stone's throw from all amenities, and with easy access to the centre of Oxford, university, business, hospital and sports complex. Bright, secure, purpose built with private parking. Available from various dates at rents of £650 to £775 p.c.m. Best suited to professionals or visiting academics seeking good standard accommodation. Tel.: 01865 516144, fax: 01865 437996.

Self-contained fully-furnished studio basement flat off the Iffley Road, within walking distance of city centre. Suitable for 1 person with separate bedroom, bathroom, and sitting room with kitchen area. Rent inclsuive of council tax. £550 p.c.m. plus bills. Available from early Aug. for 1 year contract. Please phone 07967353950.

We have a limited number of 3-bedroom flats still available for academic year 2003/2004, ideally situated for students wanting to live in `Quality' accommodation. These newly built, luxury flats have been extremely popular with a variety of students from different colleges, and are well known as some of the best student accommodation in Oxford. In addition to this we have 4, 5 and 6-bedroom properties available. All equipped to the highest standard. To see details of these properties please visit our Web site: http://www.north-oxford-property.co.uk. Tel.: 01865 318533, North Oxford Property Services Ltd., 47 Walton Street, Jericho, Oxford OX2 6AD.

Granville Court: adjacent Brookes University, pleasant furnished 2- bedroom ground-floor flat; en suiteshower room to main bedroom. Twenty minutes' walk to city centre. Suit non-smoking professional or postdoc single or couple, or 2 sharers. £850 p.c.m. exc. utilities. Available from 1 July. Tel.: 01865 512149, or e-mail: dorothymyers@gn.apc.org.

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

Spacious 2 room flat to rent in quiet area of south Oxford, 15 minutes from beautiful open air fully heated swimming pool, and only 15 minutes walk from centre of town. Garden to share. Would suit single person or couple. Fully equipped and tastefully refurbished. Ring 01865 429284 after 6.30 p.m. £675 p.c.m. Available from July onwards.

Central north Oxford: available shortly, attractive garden flat. suitable for a couple or single tenant. Well equipped; gas c.h. Street parking permit available. £700 p.c.m. References and deposit required. Tel.: 01865 559911.

Off Iffley Road: quaint, upstairs, centrally heated 1-bedroom flat to let. Suit couple. Large kitchen/living-room, small sitting-room/study, bathroom and attic bedroom. Fully furnished, and rent is inc. of gas and electricity. Twenty minutes' walk to city centre. £585 p.c.m. plus council tax and telephone. Deposit and references required. Available early Aug. Tel.: Mary on 01865 721194 (eves.) or 01865 244111 (daytime).

Elegant 1-bedroom ground-floor flat in St Margaret's Road, central north Oxford. Double bedroom, large sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. Fully furnished and equipped, washing machine and gas c.h. Use of charming shared garden. £815 p.c.m. plus utility bills and council tax. Available from Aug. Let of 6 months or longer preferred. Tel.: 01865 343384, e-mail: diana@vincenza.demon.co.uk.

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., 2004. £550 p.c.m., plus bills. Tel.: 01865 722343 (eves., or leave a message), cell: 07762 945831, e-mail: piero.pinza@virgin.net.

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: 4 exceptionally well-furnished flats available for short/long lets in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large light airy rooms. Available now and Sept., 2 ground-floor flats, each with double and single bedrooms, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Available July: second-floor flat, with double bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Available 1 Oct.,: first-floor flat with double bedroom, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. 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 Saïd Business School. Furnished to a very high standard to include well-equipped kitchen and lounge, computer, printer, internet access, and weekly Maid Service. From £118 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

Graduate/researcher accommodation available in friendly Cotswold village–40 minutes' drive west of Oxford centre. Separate apartment adjoining large family village house available: bedroom, bathroom, sitting room, kitchen plus possible accesst o main house facilities, gardens, and paddocks. Rent free accommodation in return for reliable house-sitting presences, plus feeding/walking domestic animals. Location: Coln St Aldwyns, Gloucestershire (mid-way on A433 between Cirencester and Burford–near Bibury). Enquiries Edward Weston 07770 303819.

Jericho: medium-size room available for a year from early Oct. Would suit friendly postgrad/postdoc; bathroom; living room; kitchen, and small south-facing garden shared with 2 others. £325 p.c.m., exc. bills. Tel.: 01865 286717, e-mail: timwaters@fastmail.fm.

London: room in shared, spacious, 2-bedroom flat. Fully furnished, central, and convenient. Long or short term let. Tel.: 01865 558034 or e-mail: aby.bidwell@stcatz.ox.ac.uk.

New loft conversion in owner's house available mid-Sept.; quiet, sunny and elegant, Iffley Fields area (12 minutes' walk to Magdalen Bridge), comprising 5m x 4m study/bedsit/kitchen, and beautiful bathroom. Own telephone line. £100 p.w. inc. (except phone line). Reference, tenancy agreement. Non-smoking house. Suit academic/professional not student. Tel.: 01865 423107.

Islip Village, 6 miles from city centre, 2 friendly pubs and a train station. Large sunny room in house to share with 1 other. Garden and lovely views. £300 p.c.m. bills included. Please phone: 01865 375629.

Oxford B & B. A home from home. £55 double/£35 single. Tel.: 01865 770501, e-mail: charmaine.cole@cliffordchance.com.

Let Finders Keepers award winning North Oxford office make you at home in Oxfordshire. Over thirty years experience, a dedicated 24-hour management service and a comprehensive marketing profile ensure Finders Keepers ' reputation for making renting a pleasure is endorsed by both landlords and tenants. Whether you are looking for a short term sabbatical base in the city or a more permanent home we have a range of quality properties to match your requirements. With a dedicated team of property managers, letting negotiators, and an interior design and buildings division we offer landlords sage advice on all aspects of the residential market, providing security in the knowledge that your home is in skilled and capable hands. For further information on availability and landlord services please contact Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011 or visit our Web site: 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

Two visiting American academics (female, non-smoking), seek quiet, 2-bedroom flat in central Oxford (we would prefer the top floor). We're hoping to rent for all of Oct. and Nov. Replies to: james.sandham@socres.ox.ac.uk.

Professional, academic married couple seeking 1-bedroom flat or house for the duration of the coming academic year. Qualified to house-sit for University staff on sabbatical or teaching abroad. Contact: Dr Philippa Broadfoot, tel.: 07779 118803, e-mail: pb@comlab.ox.ac.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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Holiday Lets

Southern France–Montagnes Ardechoises. Last minute availability. Leave it all behind and escape to the peace and wonderful air of the Cevennes. The views from our converted, centuries old barn stretch out for 100 miles. Walk or ride in the mountains. Canoe and swim in the lakes and rivers. Fish for fun or for the table, and shop in the great valley markets. Relax and sleep well. 6 + for £475 p.w. Tel.: 02077226740, e-mail: ro.ver@which.net.

Luxury flat on a golf course, for rent in Alicante, Spain. Available from July. Fantastic location, close to beach (15 minute walk), and airport (14 km). Two bedrooms; 2 shower/bathrooms; exquisitely finished, and fully equipped (TV, washing machine, drier, oven, microwave). Amenities inc., tennis, squash, jacuzzi, steam bath, pool etc. Contact: rosana.lopez@admin.ox.ac.uk for info and pictures.

France in Tarn and Garonne–one hour north of Toulouse–beautiful old Quercy country house in 2 acres. Quiet and peaceful, at end of own private road surrounded by trees in hilly countryside. Moliere 10 minutes, and Caussade 20 minutes. Cahors and St Antonin 1 hour. Five bedrooms (sleeps 10), swimming pool. Available Sept. £750 p.w. Please contact Dr J. H. Chamberlain , e-mail: joe.chamberlain@ukgateway.net or phone on 07957 588 448.

Paris 12eme between Nation and Bastille, small studio, sleeps 2, Rue de Cotte, very near Marche Beauvau, Marche Aligre, `Coulee Verte', near the Gare de Lyon. Well equipped; bathroom; kitchen area; digicode and interphone; lift. Non-smokers only. £150 p.w., £280 fortnight, £500 four weeks, no bills. Available 1 July to 30 Aug. For pictures, more details: Studio, 3 Hill Top Road, Oxford OX4 1PB, or tel.: 01865 728603 until 3 July, or e-mail: johnellis46@yahoo.co.uk.

Edinburgh. Lovely light spacious Victorian flat, in quiet cul-de-sac in central Edinburgh (Bruntsfield). Walk across Bruntsfield Links and the Meadows to the royal Mile, Festival Theatre etc. Just off Bruntsfield Place with its excellent restaurants, and food shops. Three bedrooms and sofabed, sleeps up to 6. Unrestricted parking, garden. Available July and Aug. E-mail: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.uk.

Southwest France, between Albi/Cordes: farmhouse with 6 acres; swimming pool; 3 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; 2 living rooms; large kitchen. Sleeps 8. Several airports within easy reach, available to 5 July, 2 to 16 Aug., 31 Aug. onwards. Call 01608 8120818 or e-mail: barrymsimpson@hotmail.com for brochure.

Idyllic location: South west France. Charming house with huge pool. Secluded position with stunning views of medieval Najac (35 kms). Sleeps 6, 2 bathrooms, enormous terrace, BBQ, extensive grounds. Albi, Cordes, Villefranche close by. Toulouse and Carcassonne airports. £800 p.w. high season. Tel.: 01386 700225 or 0771 252 8539.

Cottage with shared pool (5 adjoining cottages–a beautiful barn conversion) on the border of the Dordogne and Charente. Sleeps 6. One king-size bed, 2 twin, plus futon for extra guest if required. Fully fitted kitchen, wood burning stove in open plan living room. 1 June to 14 July, and 31 Aug. to mid-Sept. £500 p.w. 15 July to 30 Aug. £650 p.w. All other weeks throughout the year £200 p.w. Prices include electricity and water, also weekly cleaner and bedlinen. You will need to bring your own towels. On arrival, bread, milk, butter, and cheese will be provided. For further details look at Web site: www.escapeholidays.co.uk/16.16html. Contact Maggie Faulkner on 01865 512098 or e-mail: maggie.faulkner@whsmithnet.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 gites sleeping 4/6. Also 19th-century Italian farmhouse with lovely views, Rome 45 minutes, Florence 2 hours. Sleeps 4 with downstairs rooms available to sleep 4 more. Prices £250–£625 p.w. Private owner. Contact 01223 353603 or e-mail: hugobowles@tiscalinet.it.

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.

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Flat for Sale

Gloucester Green: spacious top-floor 1-bedroom flat overlooking piazza. Immediate possession. £169,950. Contact: Simon Blake 01865 725130 (weekdays). E-mail: simon.blake@ashmus.ox.ac.uk. n

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