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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: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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Volunteers sought

Would you be willing to take part in our studies on diet and blood fats? We are studying the links between diet and heart disease. If you are healthy and aged 18–65 years, we would like to hear from you. Contact Alex or Mary at OCDEM, the Churchill Hospital. Tel.: 01865 857262, e-mail: enquiries@oxlip.ox.ac.uk.

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Lectures

St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks, Trinity Term 2004—18/05/04 (Tuesday): A Jewish reaction to The Passion of the Christ—Jonathan Gorsky; 20/05/04: The Wall in Israel/Palestine—Husam Zomlot; 27/05/04: Keeping the Peace: the essential soldier—Roy Giles; 03/06/04: Iraq: the aftermath—Andrew White; 10/06/04: Debt and Poverty from an Islamic Perspective—Muhammad Imran; 17/06/04: Why Fair Trade?—Carol Wills. (The titles of some of the talks are to be confirmed.) The talks will be held at St Giles' Church at 12.30pm. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs, a small donation would be appreciated. For more information visit: www.st-giles-church.org.

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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: gjeffreysatu@aol.com.

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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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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.

Jeanne Bliss: landscape designer and lecturer at Oxford and in California. Structure planting and pruning of shrubs and climbers. A tailor-made summer pruning programme for your garden. A two-hour garden. Please telephone 01865 515379 for a leaflet or email: jeannebliss@yahoo.com.

`Fritillaria'. Planting and gardening organically. Planting consultancy; town gardening to encourage wildlife; advice on native species; general maintenance and pruning; flowers by design—bouquets from your garden. Contact Clare Donovan (RHS qualified) on 01865 793703/07818 693952.

Typing service. Manuscript typing (not thesis typing): £10 per hour/4 sides A4. Fast and accurate. Contact Louise Pim on Oxford 721582.

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 website at: www.marshallgalpin.com 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).

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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

Magdalen College School wishes to appoint a lunchtime supervisor, to work 1–2.30 p.m. on at least three days per week in university term time, £12 per session. Closing date 28 May. Please apply in writing to The Usher, Magdalen College School, Oxford OX4 1DZ or call 01865 242191 for further information.

Shop Manager. The University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street, seeks a person with excellent management skills and presentational flair, IT skills, and preferably with some experience in retail. 37 hours per week, some weekend work. Salary £17,500 or part-time pro rata. Write to The Vicar, University Church, High Street, OX1 4AH or email: university.church@ox.ac.uk or telephone 01865 279111.

Assistant for academic (10 hours per week). Busy academic requires a reliable part-time assistant for admin tasks, preparing course materials, etc. A high standard of written English and good IT literacy skills are required. Some previous office experience would be an advantage. Salary £100 per week (inc. holidays). Might suit graduate student. Applications in the form of CV to the Home Bursar's Secretary, Queen's College, Oxford, OX1 4AW or e-mail: anne.bevan@queens.ox.ac.uk.

Linguists required for our customer care centre in Oxford for foreign children attending courses in the UK. Must have good level of English and French. £6 ph, shifts to suit, evenings and weekends, July and August. Email: ylsrecruit@oise.com.

Starting in September 2004, Christ Church Cathedral School require a playground supervisor and part-time matron. To work circa 15 hours per week mostly with 4–7 year olds and also assisting with matron duties. Further information is available from Christ Church Cathedral School, 3 Brewer Street, Oxford OX1 1QW, tel: 01865 242561, email: schooloffice@cccs.org.uk. Applications with CV and the address and telephone details of 2 referees to be sent as soon as possible.

Oxford based academic publisher requires publicity assistant. Please send CV, application and salary expectations to salesuk@berghahnbooks.com.

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Houses to Let

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 pcm. plus bills. Contact: 01865 735540.

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 pcm, exc. bills. Email oxfordhouse@gmx.net for full details and pictures.

Don't live on a housing estate, live on a country estate! Medieval 2 bedroom Dowerhouse with original features including open fireplace and oak beams. Set in rolling countryside yet within close proximity to Summertown. A quiet location, ideal for a visiting academic. Telephone 01865 302304.

Central North Oxford. 4/5 bedroom house on 3 floors in a stunning location between the canal and Port Meadow. Walking distance to city centre, near playgrounds and schools. Excellent condition, less than 2 years' old, 3 bathrooms, 2 showers, fully fitted kitchen. Would suit family. No smokers or pets please. Available from 16 July 2004 for 1 year. £1,940 pcm. Contact: Oxford 513569 / 07900 988150 or e- mail irini.skaliora@physiol.ox.uk.

Cumnor. Beautiful house situated in a side street of Cumnor Hill. 5 bedrooms. 3½ bathrooms, 3 large reception rooms, exceptional and secluded garden. Unfurnished, but furnishing may be possible. Rent will depend on length of tenancy and requirements. For further information, contact: Oxford 438422 or e-mail yellowsocks@ntlworld.com.

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 August for the 04/05 academic year. £3,750 pcm, cleaner and gardener/handyman included. Contact: Oxford 316202 or e- mail jj@jjteam.demon.co.uk for photos and further details.

East Oxford. Spacious new 3/4 bedroom townhouse with garage. 2 en-suite bedrooms, bathroom, lounge, kitchen/diner. Unfurnished, all appliances included. Frequent bus service, near public park and sports facilities. £1,250 pcm (negotiable). Deposit required. Contact: V. Salmon on e-mail: salmonvyr@aol.com.

Eynsham. Newly refurbished Victorian terrace cottage to let in central old Eynsham, 2 minutes walk from shops, pub, church. Excellent bus service to Oxford; riverside walks. 1 bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, dining room, sitting room and walled garden. Suit professional person and non-smoker, as 2 other rooms are used for part time counselling. £550 pcm (inc. gas and electricity). References required. Contact: Dr Forrest on 01993 812651 or Dr Kirk on 772004.

Attractive, fully-furnished, quiet, well-maintained 2-bedroom, 2-study house (could sleep 3) with long garden and garden work-room, gas c.h, near park, shops, bus route, 10 minutes from city centre, available from 1 Sept 2004 to July 2005, £900 per month. Tel.: 01865 725577.

North Oxford . Charming recently built properties, fully furnished and equipped to a high standard with a choice of 2 bedrooms + study, and 4 bedrooms all with master bedroom en suite, family bathroom, cloakroom, lounge, kitchendiner, landscape garden and private parking. Located in one of the best residential areas and close to Summertown shops and sporting amenity and with easy access to most hospital and most University departments. Best suited to professional or visiting academics with no pets and non smokers. The 2 bedroom + study are available from various dates (early August and mid-September) at £975 pcm. The 4 bedroom is available from late September at £1,195 pcm. Telephone: 01865 516144 or fax: 01865 437996 or email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Large, attractive 3–4 bedroom detached house, just minutes walk from John Radcliffe, Churchill, and Nuffield hospitals. Close to good schools. Fully furnished, c.h., all appliances, off-street parking and rear garden. Suit professional family or responsible graduates. Long lease available. £1,500 p.c.m. (inc. council tax). Contact: fidewan@yahoo.co.uk or telephone 07711 377921.

Superb, modern, architect-designed house in residential north Oxford. Quiet location, very large kitchen/dining room, large living room upstairs (to take advantage of view over large green open space), modern furniture, fully equipped. Easy access to city centre (several bus routes, or walk along road or canal). Easily looked-after garden. Very much has the feeling of being out in the country. Available July and August 2004. Non-smokers and no children preferred. Telephone: 01865 511825 (evenings or Sundays) or email: l.lyons@physics.ox.ac.uk.

Comfortable, 2 bedroom terrace house with c.h. and pleasant garden in central North Oxford to let for next academic year. Large living room, small study, cloakroom, and well-equipped kitchen. Would suit visiting academics. No more than 2 people sharing. Available from beginning of September 2004 to mid-July 2005. Telephone: Mrs Ockenden 01865 512747 or email rosaleen@community.co.uk.

Comfortable family house in Lonsdale Road, North Oxford. Two minutes' walk from the Summertown shops and easy bus access to the University. Fully furnished with a quiet garden. Excellent local schools. Spacious, semi-detached; 3 bedrooms, study, large living- room, kitchen, bathroom, gas c.h. Street parking for car. Ideal for a visiting academic and his/her family. Available 1 Aug. for 12 months. £1,100 p.m. (inc. water rates, exc. council tax). Dr Max Peberdy. Tel.: 020-869 02442, e-mail: maxpeberdy@aol.com.

Central North Oxford Edwardian family home overlooking picturesque college playing fields; pretty garden going down to Oxford canal. Easy walking distance to city centre. 4 bedrooms (sleeps 8), 2 reception rooms, music room/study. Rowing boat and bicycles available for use. Non-smokers only, no pets. Available mid-July to end August. £500 p.w. Telephone: Oxford 559440 or e-mail tlamb@dial.pipex.com.

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

Inspirational space to do your research/write book. Summertown, North Oxford, light, airy, Scandinavian style house on 2 floors with idyllic romantic garden. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with good quality fittings, 2 reception rooms, large, light study, g.c.h, and a piano. Fully equipped, including linen, off-street parking. Lovely walks nearby. Available to non-smoking academic couple from 1 September 2004 for 1 academic year. £1,100 pcm (plus 6 week deposit). Contact: 01865 558166 or email karmunia@hotmail.com.

Central Oxford. 1 bedroom flat available for short term let. Fully furnished and equipped, very central (Christchurch 2 mins. walk, Carfax 5 mins. walk). From £850 pcm (inc.) based on 2 month minimum let. Phone calls/broadband/cleaning services extra. Telephone: 07812 156799.

North Oxford . Responsible person or couple wanted for beautiful loft conversion in quiet road just north of Summertown. 2 large sunny rooms (1 inc. kitchenette), and shower/WC room. Frequent bus service to city centre, on-street parking. £650 pcm, incl. heating, water and electricity. Possibility to include third large room (at extra cost). No smoking or pets. Telephone 01865 552648/07812 086060 or email cbaxter12000@yahoo.co.uk.

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: www.finders.co.uk.

Central North Oxford (Rawlinson Road). Attractive 1 bedroom self-contained flat with patio and parking. Lets of 3 months or more considered. £995 p.c.m. all inclusive. Tel.: 01865 556372 or 07771 802582; email: pjy@btinternet.com.

Headington. 1.5 miles from Oxford city centre, close to Headington hospitals. A wonderful architect designed, self-contatined, split-level studio apartment. Light and airy with a French window to a tiny private garden. Cooking facilities, cast iron wood burning stove, separate bathroom. Would suit a single person, post graduate, research student or visiting professor. Available for long or short lets. £650 pcm (inc. heating, lighting and cleaning). Telephone: 01865 762991 or email: paulinehodson@supanet.com.

North Oxford . 1 & 2 bedroom apartments adjacent to Summertown shops and sporting amenity. Easy access to University and hospital departments. The 1 bedroom flat is available from August at £675 pcm. The 2 bedroom flat (1 double, 1 singlestudy) is available from various dates (early June, early July, early to late August) at £775 pcm and £795 pcm. Best suited to professionals or visiting academics with no pets and non smokers. Telephone: 01865 516144 or fax: 01865 437996 or email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

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, dining-room, kitchen, bathroom; on first and second floors. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Both available end June. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

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Self-catering Apartments

Fully furnished and serviced 3 and 4-star self- catering apartments available in North Oxford; 15 minutes' 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: http://www.weeklyhome.com. E-mail: info@weeklyhome.com.

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Accommodation Offered

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: admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk or visit our website at www.oxfordshortlets.co.uk.

Wanted: short let—furnished three- or four-bed property, whilst own undergoes renovation; mid-May–end July; north and east Oxford/west Bucks border. Tel.: 0208 947 8236 or 07778 398349.

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

< Family (2 teachers, 3 children) seek furnished rented accommodation with a minimum of 3 bedrooms from July/August 2004 for 1 academic year. Non-smokers, no pets, no parking needed. Please contact Jim Neumann at: jim.neumann@edu.falkenberg.se or telephone 00 46 346 12309.

Visiting academic couple from Germany with 5 year old daughter seek furnished house/flat in Oxford from 1 August 2004 to 31 January 2005. Non-smokers, no pets. Could offer furnished flat near Basel, Switzerland. Contact Thomas Mueller at e-mail: thomas.mueller@uni-bonn.de or telephone: 00 49 7623 965654.

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

Australia. Home Exchange. Orthopaedic surgeon and family looking for accommodation in Oxford from July 2004 for 12 months. Seeking 3 bedroom house close to University for family of four (2 boys, aged 2 and 3 years). Will exchange for charming 3 bedroom "Queenslander", fully air conditioned, large front and back decks, huge garden and located minutes from downtown Brisbane. BMW 318i vehicle also included in exchange. For more information, please email: gallaghers_abroad@hotmail.com.

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Holiday Lets

Ireland, Kerry. Tastefully restored farmhouse in peaceful rural area. 4 double bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen and living room with open fire. Wonderful local walks and short easy drives to a selection of beaches, Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry and Tralee. Euros 250 pw. For more details and photos, see http://vulkan.worc.ox.ac.uk/kerry.htm or telephone Oxford 557961.

Tuscany. 18th century stone house in classic Tuscan hilltop village. 2 bedrooms, superb views and hiking around Monte Amiata. Florence, Sienna, Perugia within easy reach. £350 pw. Contact: Mal on tel. 07831 868992 or email jude.green@btopenworld.com.

West Dorset. Newly converted stables set in outstandingly beautiful countryside, close to the sea. 2 bedrooms (1 with double bed, 1 with single bed), wheelchair access, large double height living room, patio, well-equipped kitchen with wood stove and dishwasher. Contact: 01308 482762/020 7637 2141.

South Devon, nr Kingsbridge. Old stone cottage with gardens on a brook in a quiet village. Spacious, can accommodate up to 8 people in 4 bedrooms. 2 bathrooms, all electric kitchen, sitting room with colour TV, g.c.h., ample parking. Available for periods between mid-May and mid-September. £200-£500 pw. Contact 01865 730749 (evenings only) for further information, photographs and a leaflet.

Oxford: exceptional Edwardian home; 3 bedrooms (attached studies); 3 reception rooms; beautiful large kitchen/dining; charming summerhouse with veranda in garden. One further large bedroom in our second home next door. In all sleeping 5–8. Piano, table tennis; three-quarters of a mile to city centre. Any time between 28 July and 17 Aug.; 17 Dec.–8 Jan. £650 p.w. Tel.: 01865 247851.

Old Tuscany: two charming apartments with shaded terraces and orchard, on edge of small hill town near Siena. Short walk to restaurant and shops. Glorious countryside. Flat A (sleeps 4) £350 p.w. Flat B (sleeps 2), £260 p.w. Flats A and B together, £525 p.w. For more information and a brochure, telephone: 01428 714363 or: +39 333 123 6091. E-mail: uliviera@hotmail.com.

Sardinia—Costa Smeralda. Tasteful villa in the rural village of San Pantaleo on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia, suitable for 2–6 people. Beautiful mountain views over the "Roche Sarde" from the house and garden. 3 double bedrooms (2 with double beds and 1 twin). Balcony and large terrazzo for al fresco dining. Deckchairs both on terrace and in the garden. Kitchen and spacious living room with television. Only 10 mins by car from Porto Cervo, the world renowned Pevero golf course and all the major beaches. Close also to a wide range of activities, from the village market, restaurants and mountain trails to tennis, diving, riding, sailing and wind surfing schools. For more information, email: maggan_krim@yahoo.com.

Dordogne. Timeless and beautiful 17th century stone house in the Vézère valley. Former cPavillon de Chasse\ now lovingly restored, with traditional lauzesroof and many original features. Stands in its own peaceful and partly wooded grounds of some 3 acres. 5 minutes from village with local shops, 15 minutes from the historic market town of Montignac. Spacious lounge with wood burner, large fully fitted kitchendining area. Sleeps 6 in comfort in 2 double bedrooms (1 en-suite) and 1 twin. Can accommodate 2 more on convertible settee if required. Dining terrace with barbecueşand boules. Own 10m x 4m pool with glorious views; garage. A few weeks remaining both in high season and autumn. From £350 pw. Telephone: 07778 633848 or email: PJWNet@aol.com.

Cyprus—Pegeia. 10 minutes to Coral Bay, 20 minutes to Paphos harbour. Detached luxury villa with own 8m x 4m pool in spectacular location, with views over the Mediterranean. Sleeps 6 in comfort, 2 double (1 en-suite), 1 twin and further occasional beds if required. Each bedroom has own access to pool terrace. Peaceful area but close to local amenities and beach. Fully equipped and air conditioned throughout, TVDVD. From £425 pw. Also, an apartment available in Paphos, 5 minutes. from the picturesque old harbour, terraced house with uninterrupted sea views, sleeps 4. Bedroom balcony for breakfast overlooking the sea; patio and small garden. Fully equipped with air conditioning, TV/DVD, own shaded parking. Use of large communal pool. From £295 pw. Telephone: 07778 633848 or email: PJWNet@aol.com.

Paris: small studio, sleeps 2, Paris 12ème between Nation and Bastille, very near Marché Beauvau, Marché Aligre, `Coulée Verte' and the Gare de Lyon. Well equipped with bathroom, kitchen area, digicode and interphone, lift. No smokers. £140 pw, £260 for 2 weeks, £500 for 4 weeks (inc. bills). Available from 1 May to 30 September 2004. Also available: cottage in small village in Lot, near Figeac/Cahors, sleeps 6 in 2 independent units (2, 1+1; 2). £300 for June 2004. For further information and pictures, please email johnellis46@yahoo.co.uk.

Italy: luxury villas, country houses, apartments for convenient rental in Tuscany, Umbria, Sardinia (Emerald Coast), Rome, Florence, Pompeii, Naples. Available at any time of the year and for any length of time. Cars also available for hire at competitive rates. Range of optional services available on demand. Contact: tuscany.countries@libero.it or telephone 00 39 328 713 3951.

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: mark@bayrock.co.uk. Web site: website: www.golf-in-naples.com.

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: www.holidayislands.com, or contact us on e-mail: thalpos@otenet.gr. Tel.: 0030 24240 29036. Fax: 0030 24240 23057.

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Houses for Sale

Central North Oxford. 6 bedroom semi-detached home in Bainton Road, adjacent to canal and St John's Sports Ground. For details contact David or Clare on 01865 863712 or email: david.wenham@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk.

Kidlington. Beautifully presented 2 bedroom, end of terrace house in quiet close. New bathroom, kitchen and carpets throughout. Lovely little garden. £185,000. Details and photos can be found on www.house.ladder.co.uk (using the above information with their search facility) or contact Sarah Proctor on e-mail at sarah.proctor@sjc.ox.ac.uk.

Old Headington: early 1920s three-bedroom detached cottage, carefully restored. Small, pretty walled garden. No chain. £325,000 o.n.o. Tel.: 01865 751861. n

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