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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Club welcomes the wives, husbands, and partners of visiting scholars, graduates and members of the University who are new to Oxford. It aims to offer help, advice and information, and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held at 13 Norham Gardens every Wednesday in term, also on the Wednesday before term starts, the Wednesday after the end of term and during the summer holidays. Newcomers with children (0-4 years) meet every Friday in term from 10-15 a.m. to 12 midday. Other term time activities include a Book Group, informal Conversation Group, and tours to colleges, museums, and other places of interest, also country walks and garden trips. Secondhand items can be bought on Wed. mornings 10.30 a.m. to 12 midday from the equipment room—open all year except for 2 weeks at Christmas and Easter. Visit our Web site:

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Antiques Bought and Sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold: desks and library furniture always wanted, also garden stonework and large gilt picture frames—any condition. 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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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:

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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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Cafe Zouk

Mughal Indian cuisine: 1st floor, 135 High Street, Oxford. From our kitchen to your table, we would like to bring you herbs, spices, roots, beauty, fragrances and the Mughal tradition of passion for good food. Tel.: 01865 251600. Open: daily 12 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. Web site:

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Bryan Ferry Concert. Sat., 10 July in Cutteslowe Park, Oxford. This is the first year that the legendary Roxy Music front man and solo recording star has played an outdoor event in Oxford, so grab your friends, bring a picnic and get ready to rock with this international artist. The evening ends with a grand firework display. Tickets: £30 (adult)/£20 (child). Box office: 01603 660444.

Virtuoso Violin. Sat., 24 July, 8 p.m. University Church of St Mary the Virgin. Monica Huggett (violin solo & guest leader), Gail Hennessy (oboe solo), Fiori Musicali Chamber Orchestra, Penelope Rapson (director). Programme: Vivaldi—Violin Concerto in D, RV210; Tartini—Violin Concerto in G minor; Bach—Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV1060; Albinoni—Oboe Concerto in D minor; Vivaldi—Violin Concerto žIl grosso mogulž, RV 208. Tickets from Tickets Oxford on 01865 305305. See

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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, email:, also at: 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, email:

Marshall & Galpin Solicitors, Family Department. We are an established Oxfordshire private client firm with offices in Oxford, Thame and Abingdon. We have seven specialist family lawyers who advise on a wide range of issues: divorce and separation, children, financial agreements on divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitee disputes, separation agreements and pensions. Our lawyers are members of the Solicitors Family Law Association. Two members of the team are Deputy District Judges and three are trained mediators. We offer a range of competitive rates and a short free initial interview. French, Spanish and Italian spoken. Other services provided by the firm include property adviceconveyancing, wills & probate, personal injury & medical negligence, employment and businesscommercial. For further information visit our web site at: or contact Mary Wakem on 01865 792300 (Oxford), Simon Bassett on 01235 555345 (Abingdon), James Stonham 01844 261966 (Thame).

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).

Very experienced academic editor/proof-reader/publisher offers range of editorial services, online or print. Social sciences, arts and humanities, reference, etc. Quick and accurate. Reasonable rates. Tel./Fax: 01865 250024 or email:

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Personal Training Services

One of the highest qualified exercise and nutritional consultant/personal trainers in the UK. 35 years' experience. MSc Biomechanics and Applied Human Movement; BSc (Hons 1st) Sports Nutrition; Adv. Dip in Clinical Stress Management; Adv. Dip in Clinical Sports Therapy. Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Member of the International Society of Biomechanics. Expert attention for tone, weight loss, injury and rehabilitation and performance, from total novice levels to advanced, regardless of sex, age or physical limitations. Web site:

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Piano Sought

Have you got a grand or baby grand piano that is taking up too much room? We will provide a good home for it. Insurance and transport costs will be met by us—opportunity to play it can be arranged. Please call 01865 873860 or 07771661479 or email:

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Domestic Services

Carpet/upholstery/curtain cleaning by Grimebusters, your local specialists. Quality work, competitive prices. Domestic, commercial, college. Also carpet/upholstery stain protection, pre-occupancy cleaning, flood cleaning/drying, oriental rug cleaning. For free estimates and friendly advice, call Grimebusters. Tel.: 01865 726983 or 01235 555533.

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Tuition Offered

Tuition in watercolour painting. Two 1-week summer schools with Rebecca Hind and Stuart Dawson at Little Wittenham Nature Reserve, South Oxon. Teaching is by demonstration and one-to-one. Suitable for beginners and improvers. Weeks commencing 5 and 12 July, Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Cost: £175. Call 01865 340 633 or see

The Raviv Method for the correction of learning difficulties is an effective exercise-based programme for the correction of dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalcula and ADD/ADHD. It has been developed in Israel, where it has achieved great success for the last eight years, and is now being introduced into the UK. The summer holidays are a very good time to start. Tel.: 01865 766122 (Oxford area), 01451 844 484 (W. Oxfordshire/Cotswolds).

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Houses to Let

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: and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or email us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533, fax: 764777, email:

North Oxford . Charming recently built semi-detached houses, fully furnished and equipped to high standard with a choice of 2 bedrooms + study and 4 bedrooms, all with master bedroom (en suite), family bathroom, cloakroom, lounge. Kitchen diner, landscaped garden and private parking. Located in an excellent residential area close to Summertown shopping and sporting amenities, with easy access to most hospital and university departments. Best suited to mature professional or visiting academics. £975/£1,195 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 516144, Fax.: 01865 437996 or email

Central North Oxford. Very large family house with spectacular glazed open-plan living space. 3–4 reception rooms, 5–6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, shower room, well furnished, fully equipped, nice garden, off-street parking for 3 cars, use of small boat on the Thames. Available from Aug. for the 04/05 academic year. £3,750 p.c.m, cleaner and gardener/handyman included. Contact: 01865 316202 or email for photos and further details.

St John Street, Oxford. 4–5-bedroom town house available to family or professionals in Sept. Double garage, kitchen, dining room, living room, basement, small courtyard. In range of £2,500 p.c.m. Please contact Jason on 0777 5524247.

North Oxford (Jericho). Fully-furnished, recently redecorated house, secluded garden, available from 1 Sept. for 1 year or less. Charming, cosy, quiet, c.h., easy to maintain, 2 bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms, washing machine, dryer, telephone, linen, dishes. Easy walk to University, train and coach stations, near best schools and parks. Two bedrooms £1,250 p.m.; 3 bedrooms £1,500 p.m. (inc. bedsit with separate kitchen and entrance). Tel. J. Mackrell in Oxford (evenings or 7--8 a.m.), on: 01865 775567. Email: Or contact A. Gaston in Canada: +613 745 1368, fax: +613 745 0299, email:

East Oxford. Unusual spacious unfurnished mid-terrace house, recently refurbished (incl. kitchen white-stuff). Lounge/diner; 2–3 bedrooms, bathroom, shower/toilet/utility room, conservatory, large study/third bedroom leading onto mature garden, g.c.h. Situated in quiet street opposite school grounds. Convenient for shops, restaurants; educational institutions; regular bus services, recreational facilities, open space incl. the river. Only 20 min. walk from city centre. Available 1 Aug. £850 p.c.m (annual let). References required. Tel.: 01844 338661. Email:

"Shabby-chic" much-loved furnished 2-bedroom family home, from mid-Aug. Easy access to city centre (3.5 m.) on excellent bus route; proximate to Westminster College, good local schools, and shops. Children fine; n-s, no pets. Living/dining room, study, separate utility, parking. Wild garden and pond with newts and natterjacks. £750 p.c.m. but neg. for right tenant. Contact Dr. K. J. Kaye on 0771-324-7547 or

Central North Oxford, between Jericho and Summertown. Victorian Terrace, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen/diner, study, living room, garden, on-street parking. Beautiful condition and fully-equipped. Ideal for non- smoking visiting academics. Available mid-August 2004 to mid-July 2005 (some flexibility). £1,300 p.c.m., exc. bills. Email for full details and pictures.

Central North Oxford. Fully-furnished Victorian house, 4–5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one with shower), dining room, large kitchen, lounge, study, garden, all appliances, g.c.h., linen etc. Five minutes to town centre, bus/rail station, high quality school area. Suit academic, professional couple or family. Available Aug. 2004–July 2005. Email or call Liz Sayigh on 002746 6038171 (day), 002746 6223828 (evening).

Temple Cowley. Lovely fully-furnished Victorian terrace, 3 bedrooms (one en suite). Wooden floors throughout. Garden with patio. Very close to swimming pool, library, shops. Only 10 min. by bus to city centre. Responsible family or professionals preferred, non-smokers only. Available mid-Aug. to end-Dec. £830 p.c.m. Contact Euton Daley on 01865 711341 or email:

North Oxford . Fully-furnished 4–5 bedroom family home to let from Christmas ž04 to Aug. ž05. Family are going abroad for sabbatical. Large west-facing spacious garden with patio and beautiful surrounding trees. Three reception rooms and kitchen/breakfast room and 2 ½ bathrooms. House on west side of popular Woodstock road, overlooking St Edward's playing fields. Easy walking access to Summertown shops; 2 miles from Oxford city centre. Easy access into city centre (house is located opposite bus stop and close to cycle path). Port Meadow nearby. £2,500 p.m. Email:

North and central North Oxford. One- and 2-bedroom apartments available for the coming academic year, best suited to mature professionals and visiting academics. Situated at a short distance from most university and hospital departments. Variety of rents. One-bedroom apartments: £695 to £775; 2-bedroom apartments: £795 to £850 (all p.c.m. and exclusive of utility and council tax). Tel.: 01865 516144. Fax 01865 437996. Email:

Headington, Kiln Lane. Furnished and newly renovated 2-3 bedroom semi-detached house with c.h., kitchen, bathroom, lounge, dining room, garden, etc. Easy access for bus/car routes to city centre, university departments and the M40 to London. Close to shops, hospitals. Would suit professional university or medical couple. Available for rent initially for 1 year, with renewal possible. No smokers or pets. References required. Available now. £800 p.c.m. plus bills. Contact: 01865 735540.

Marston. Attractive, furnished Victorian house in quiet road. Three bedrooms, dining/living room, kitchen, upstairs bathroom, new kitchen, g.c.h., all appliances. Lovely garden backing onto meadows with pedestrian access and undercover bike storage. Suit visiting academic/medical couple or small family. 5 min. cycle ride/15 min. walk from city centre. Available from Oct. £950 p.c.m. plus bills. Non-smokers only. Pictures of the rooms available via email. Contact Tel.: 01865 726022.

Central Oxford. Modern 4-bedroom town house in immaculate condition, situated in very quiet Dale Close. Open plan sitting/dining room, study or fifth bedroom, fully-fitted kitchen with dishwasher, separate utility room with Miele w/machine, 1 bathroom and 2 shower-rooms, one en suite; small enclosed front courtyard. Overlooking parkland and river, yet only 5 min. walk from the city centre. Long let preferred. Unfurnished or partly furnished; available now. £1,400 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel./Fax: 01865 735343 or email:

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House to Let or for Sale

Upper Wolvercote, North Oxford. Three-bedroom semi-detached 1930s house in excellent condition. Quiet location, close to shop, pub, church, and school. Frequent bus to Oxford centre (12 min.), rural walks, canal. Two reception, kitchen/dining, convertible loft, storage, off-street parking. Fully productive organic kitchen garden with shed, greenhouse, asparagus bed. £335,000 or unfurnished rental £875 p.m. Email: Tel.: 01865 436850.

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Flats to Let

The Wharf House: a range of elegantly furnished 1, 2, and 3 bedroom canal side apartments within a secure gated development. A convenient city base for a short stay with serviced options available. Let Finders Keepers make your time in Oxford a pleasant one. Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7BY. Telephone: Oxford 311011. Web site:

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: available now for short/long lets in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large, light airy rooms: 2 luxury fully furnished flats, furnished to a very high standard; each has large double bedroom, drawing room, kitchen, bathroom; on first and second floors. Both available end June. Also: lovely ground floor flat, large double bedroom, large single bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Available end Sept. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

Available by the week for visitors to Oxford: self-contained, fully-furnished studios, centrally located in Kingston Road. En suite shower, w.c. and washbasin, and fully-equipped kitchen area. Sleep 2. From £320 to £350 p.w. all inc. British Tourist Board approved 3 Stars. For further information tel.: 01865 516913 or visit:

Summertown, North Oxford. Two-bedroom flat, just 1 ½ miles from city centre and a few minutes walk from shops. Quiet, light and airy second floor (top) flat with lovely southern outlook over trees and fields. Recent kitchen and bathroom. Unfurnished (but incl. appliances and fitted wardrobes). Parking for 1 car. Available now at £850 p.m. Tel.: 07802 754154 or email

Spacious three-bedroom chalet bungalow near foot of Shotover Hill. Available mid-July for 12 months or longer. Large L-shaped lounge, g.c.h., fully-fitted kitchen, French windows, medium-sized garden (possible assistance for additional charge), garage, and off-street parking. Quiet location. Viewing 9–12 July or by arrangement. £1,100 p.c.m. and one monthžs rent deposit. Contact Kate Kelly on 07711 320810 or preferably by email:

Tinkerbell Cottage in Boaržs Hill, Oxford. Charming 2-bedroom terrace cottage (double bedroom and a study with a sleeping loft), partially furnished, working fireplace, large garden, stunning countryside views. Would suit couple or possibly two sharing, 4 miles to Oxford city centre and close to bus service into Oxford. £850 p.c.m. incl. utilities (except telephone). Available 1 Sept. 2004. Contact: 01865 735305 or

Central North Oxford/Bainton Gardens. Spacious fully-furnished and well-equipped luxury apartments with en suite master bedroom, twin bedroom, study/sofa bed, lounge, kitchen/diner. Best suited to professionals and academics. Available for 1 year-long rent or shorter periods. £1,200–£1,500 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 279315. Email:

Rome. Furnished 2-bedroom top-floor apartment in historic Trastevere. Stunning views over the rooftops of the city, beautiful terrace facing a garden. Walking distance from Trastevere station, main transport, and S. Maria in Trastevere. £1,000 p.c.m. Tel.: 07960512050 or email:

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Vacation Lets

Two-bedroom Victorian terrace house in vibrant East Oxford area. Available for two months from mid/end July (period negotiable). Newly furnished with lovely kitchen and w/machine. Small garden. Close to shops, 10 min. cycle or bus ride to city centre. £800 p.c.m. (negotiable) plus bills. Tel.: 01865 793578; mobile: 07788834408. Email:

Stunning 4-bedroom Victorian house situated 2 min. walk from Port Meadow and 10 min. walk from city centre. Fully-fitted kitchen, 2 reception and 2 bathrooms. Beautiful garden and outside eating area. Available 23 July to end Aug. or part of. £500 p.w. Tel.: 01865 553569.

Central North Oxford. Spacious 1-bedroom apartment in beautiful Victorian house, 2 min. from Jericho and Port Meadow. Large living room, kitchen, hall/study (with separate Internet line), bathroom (with power shower), and double bedroom. All rooms with high ceilings and large windows overlooking secluded leafy garden. Own off-street parking. Perfect for visiting academic or professional couple (non-smokers). Available for summer let (July–Sept.). Email: Further details:

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Self-catering Apartments

Fully-furnished and serviced 3 and 4-star self-catering apartments available in North Oxford; 15 min. from Oxford city centre. Suitbale for short lets for visiting academics or business people. From £330 p.w. all inclusive. Sleeps 2–5 people. Tel.: 07870 234725. Web site: E-mail:

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Accommodation Offered

Little Garden B&B: `A home from home'. Single £38, double £50. Reduced monthly rates. Telephone: 01865 358578.

OxfordShortlets offers a portfolio of high quality self-catering short let properties as an excellent alternative to hotel/guesthouse and bed and breakfast accommodation in Oxford and the surrounding villages. We have a wide selection of quality homes available for short stay lets from 1 week up to several months. OxfordShortlets provides property rental on a short-term basis for professional individuals, groups or families requiring housing while visiting Oxford for holiday/vacation, business/academic, relocation purposes or temporary accommodation in between homes. For more information, please contact us on tel: 0870 1602325, fax: 0870 1602327, email: or visit our web site at

Comfortable rooms available now in pleasant North Oxford house. Short stay (up to 3 months). £55 p.w. (a bargain price!) Book by telephone: 01865 511657 or email:

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.

Catherine Street, Oxford. Room to let in cosy 2-bedroom house, sharing with friendly musician from early or mid-Aug. onwards. Nice area, close to shops and bus stops. £300 p.c.m. plus bills and council tax. Professionals only, please. Call Nick or Claudia on 01865 728271.

Headington. Pleasant room in quiet area, with own cooking facilities, bathroom and telephone line. Use of the house, w/machine, garden, etc. About 20 min. journey into town. £450 p.m. (incl.). Available 1 Oct. Tel.: 01865 766122 for further information and viewing.

Jericho. Medium-sized room available for 10 months from early Oct. Bathroom, living room, kitchen and small south-facing garden shared with two others. Would suit friendly non-smoking postgrad/postdoc. £330 p.c.m. excl. bills. Tel.: 01865 513616. Email:

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Office Accommodation

North Oxford , 800 yards from St Giles. A complex of four rooms (garden bungalow) incl. an annexe in detached premises off the Woodstock Road. Separate entrance, with all facilities. Computer and fax input, BT telephone, car parking, c.h. and hot/cold water. Total alarmed security. Five star interior and exterior appearance. Available immediately. Tel.: 01865 51 11 11.

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Accommodation Sought

< Going abroad? Or just thinking of letting your property? QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents and property managers. We specialise in lettings to both academic and professional individuals and their families, and have a constant flow of enquiries from good quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. If you would like details of our services, or if you simply need some informal help and advice without obligation, telephone us: 01865 764533, fax us: 764777, or e-mail us: Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Web site at: and see how we could be marketing your property.

Mature woman artist (n-s) seeks congenial flat/house share in Jericho or Central North Oxford area. Tel.: 07712282439.

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Holiday Lets

Naples, Florida: rent our beautiful 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house, on the Gulf Coast, in southwest Florida. This spacious home is located on one of the best private golf courses in the area. The house sleeps up to 8 people, has a huge south-facing heated swimming pool, and comes fully furnished and equipped. The house is available all year round from £800 p.w. (minimum 2-week let, discount for longer lets), Tel. Mark on: 07802 754154. E-mail: Web site: website:

Tuscany: Fattoria Corzano e Paterno, family owned and run award winning wine and cheese producing farm, half an hour from Florence, offers faithfully restored houses and apartments for short and longer term rentals. Web site: Please contact Sibilla Gelpke (Wadham, 2000), e-mail:

Experience the Greek islands of Sporades with Thalpos Holidays. Local villa specialist offers lovely houses and villas in the beautiful islands of Skopelos and Alonissos in the Aegean Sea. Whether you are 2 or 20 persons in the party, and whether you wish to stay in the picturesque town, by the clear blue sea or in the breathtaking countryside, we have just what you are looking for. With more than 10 years of experience we are proud to offer high quality holidays and the very best service. See our programme for 2004 on:, or contact us on email: Tel.: 0030 24240 29036. Fax: 0030 24240 23057.

Paris apartment available for short or longer stays: delightful 1-bedroom, first-floor flat overlooking the Place du Marche St Catherine (Marais). Period building with large windows and high ceilings. Attractively furnished and well-equipped with television, CD, hairdryer, etc. Linens and cleaning provided. Three nights minimum. £55 per night, £325 p.w. or £950 p.m. for members of the University. (Non- member rates are £65 per night, £395 p.w., and £1,050 p.c.m.). Contact Dr J.J. Chamberlain on 07957 588 448 or e-mail:

Deepest SW France. Relax in a luxuriously renovated farmhouse with large secluded grounds in a stunning rural area. Generous facilities include en suite accommodation, heated pool, satellite TV. Suitable for great holidays or sabbatical breaks. Tel.: Marion on 01865 554122 or email via Web site: www.hidden-sw-

Rome, San Giovanni, less than 2 miles from centre. Near country park, delightful cosy period cottage in private garden, recently renovated to a very high standard. 1 bedroom, bathroom, lounge with kitchen area, veranda, roof terrace. Fully and tastefully furnished. Air conditioning, bills incl. Suit couple (non-smokers) with 1 child. Excellent transport links, bars, restaurants, shops nearby. 400 euro p.w./1,300 euro p.m. 0207 370 5794.

Mousehole, Cornwall. Dylan Thomas called Mousehole the most beautiful village in England. We have two attractive little harbour side cottages to let, each sleeping 4. Only 40 yards from each other—two families often come together. Sandy beaches inside; rocky pool outside the harbour walls; fishing is allowed off the quays. £200–440 p.w., in winter from £185 p.w. Contact Mrs Dancy on 01736 7311377 or see

Andalucia. Enjoy the tranquillity and spectacular views of Los Alcornocales Cork Oak Nature Park, above the ancient town of Jimena de la Frontera. Four delightful cottages set in a semi-tropical garden with pools. The River House (once part of a cannon-ball factory) beside Rio Hozgarganta (4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms), pool and flagstoned herb garden. Tel.: 01770 870311 or see

Geneva area/Département de lžAin. Located between the Alps and Jura in the village of Ferney-Voltaire, this sunny ground-floor apartment in a Provence-style house is available for short or longer stays. Newly-built, with open plan fully-equipped kitchen (incl. crockery), dining room and sitting room, separate en suite double bedroom (linen provided), and small office. Nearby Voltairežs Château, 10 min. from the Palais des Nations and downtown (regular bus service), 5 min. from Geneva airport. Suit 1 or 2 academics. Parking, telephone, high-speed Internet connection, Sky. Immediate proximity to world-class food and wine, skiing, hiking and lakes. Available from 1 Oct. at 210 euro p.w., 385 euro for two weeks, or 740 euro p.m. Tel.: 01865 557 351 or email:

Siena, Italy. Two nice apartments, one just outside the city centre and one in the beautiful hills of Chianti, 20 min. from Siena. Amazing views. Minimum stay 3 days. Please find more details at and Tel.: 01865/288513 or email:

Apulia, Italy. Seventeenth century restored trulli on charming hills, views of vineyards and Mediterranean woods. Area of geological, historical and architectural interest; 10 min. from picturesque town of Alberobello, 10 min. from the sea. Ideal for lively and inspirational holiday. B&B in fully-furnished flats: A (sleeps up to 5): £560–790 p.w.; B or C (up to 3): £350–510 p.w. Discounts available for long lets. Daily direct flights: London to Bari or Brindisi. Web site: Email:

Tuscany. Last-minute opportunity! Villa Bellosguardo is the villa of your dreams. Magnificent panorama terrace facing Chiusi and Trasimeno lakes; surrounded by Tuscan and Umbrian hills. High-class furniture, gorgeous garden and park, large pool, hydromassage, childrenžs pool, and masseuse service. Itžs ideal for your unforgettable Italian holiday. See Email or tel.: +39 3287133951.

Sardinia, Costa Smeralda, Italy. Tasteful villa in rural village of San Pantaleo on the North East coast of Sardinia, suitable for 2–6 people. Beautiful mountain views over the Roche Sarde from house and garden. 3 double bedrooms (2 double beds, 1 twin); balcony and large terrazzo for al fresco dining; deckchairs on terrace and garden; self-catering kitchen and spacious living room with TV. Only 10 min. by car from Porto Cervo, world-renowned Pevero golf course and all major beaches. Close to wide range of activities (e.g. village market, restaurants, mountain trails, tennis, diving, riding, sailing and windsurfing schools). Still available: 27 June–17 July and 28 Aug.–9 Oct. Email: See

Algarve foothills, Portugal. Owneržs peaceful, secluded villa with large pool in idyllic setting, opposite open countryside. Sleeps 4. Near beaches/golf. Available now. Email:

Berlin (Berlin-Mitte). Studio flat within easy walking distance from most major museums, the Reichstag, Humboldt University, the Spree river with its nearby cafés and restaurants, major shopping centres, and a beautiful park. Not far from where the Wall stood, the area today is regarded as Berlinžs most exciting quarter. Although located on the central Oranienburger Strasse, the apartment itself is set back behind thick walls, overlooking a quiet courtyard with a fountain. Newly renovated, high ceilings, modern furnishings, dishwasher, w/mashine, c.h. Please contact J. Wald, Neue Schönhauser Str. 20, 10178 Berlin-Mitte. Tel.: 0049 30 2355120. Fax: 0049 30 23551212. Email:

Greece. Villa and pool house in Peloponnese: 7 double/twin bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. Sleeps 14 in comfort. 2½ hours drive from Athens, near Porto Heli. Just bought privately and refurbished to a high standard. Two acres landscaped and walled gardens, 57 ft. fenced swimming pool; 18 ft. dayboat. High season: £3,000 p.w., mid-season: £2,000 p.w. Catering possible by arrangement. Contact Michael or Peter Powis on 01367 718208 or 01367 252181.

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Houses for Sale

Wheatley Village, Oxford. Three-bedroom semi-detached in sought after area. Excellent road and bus access to central Oxford. Approx. 115-ft rear garden and 50-ft front garden, off-street parking for 4 cars. New rewiring and new c.h. throughout. Garage, car port and rear patio. Viewing recommended. £249,995. Contact:

Iffley Fields, Oxford. Beautifully modernised and extended Victorian double fronted end terrace. Airy modern kitchen/dining room extension built 2003, creating fantastic living area, plus shower room. Upstairs: gallery landing accessing 4 double bedrooms and modern twin basin bathroom with bath and shower. Pretty front garden and precious car parking area, and small but beautifully screened-off southwest-facing rear garden with wooden decking patio. £450,000. Tel.: 07770 303472.

Grandpont, Oxford. Uniquely situated small Victorian terrace house close to River Thames, near Folly Bridge, for private sale freehold. Kitchen, 2 reception, conservatory, 2 bedrooms and first floor bathroom. Off-street parking. Secluded south-east-facing garden. Gutted, completely refurbished and modernised in 1991. Region of £300,000. Viewing after 7 July. More details from

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