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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 10.30 a.m.–12 noon except for two weeks at Christmas and Easter. Newcomers with children (0–4 years) meet every Friday in term 10.15 a.m.–12 noon. Other term-time activities include a Book Group, informal Conversation Group and tours to colleges, museums, and other places of interest, also country walks, garden trips and a visit to an antique centre. Second-hand items can be bought on Wednesday mornings 10.30 a.m.–12 noon from the equipment room. Visit our Web site: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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Concert

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 `Il grosso mogul' RV 208. Tickets from Tickets Oxford on 01865 305305. See http://www.fiori-musicali.com.

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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, email: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com, also at: 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, email: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

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: www.marshallgalpin.com or contact Mary Wakem on 01865 792300 (Oxford), Simon Bassett on 01235 555345 (Abingdon), James Stonham 01844 261966 (Thame).

Wendy Darnell: Catering for any occasion! Menus individually designed for you. Many years' experience. Tel.: Wendy Darnell 01865 767105.

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).

Want to go broadband and don't know how? Computer problem needing personal but understanding help? We can put you on the Internet safely or do that little upgrade to your system. We have lots of experience of the Oxford IT, supporting people as well as their computers. Happy to give advice for free and work on a no fix/no fee basis. Call MCC on 01865 880600 or 07768 732123.

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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: www.alangordon-health.co.uk.

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Violin Sought

Violin for 6-year-old beginner required. Please call Sam on 07810773952 or email sampatten@ntlworld.com.

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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 Sought

Chinese language teacher for 2 young English-speaking children required. Call Gill or Sam on 01865 452 690 or email sampatten@ntlworld.com.

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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: http://www.qbman.co.uk 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: info@qbman.co.uk.

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.

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

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: sidaley@hilldale.fsnet.co.uk.

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: mackrelj@btopenworld.com. Or contact A. Gaston in Canada: +613 745 1368, fax: +613 745 0299, email: gaston@cyberus.ca.

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. £1,725 p.m. Available Aug. 2004–July 2005. Email l.sayigh@ru.ac.za or call Liz Sayigh on 002746 6038171 (day), 002746 6223828 (evening).

North Oxford . Fully-furnished 4–5 bedroom family home to let from Christmas `04 to Aug. `05. 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: douglas.wilkinson@nda.ox.ac.uk.

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: toncopebowley@aol.com.

Two separate self-contained beautiful, quiet, unusual, open plan, fully-furnished modern properties with stunning views to open countryside. Parking and small patio garden. Near convenient bus route and well within the ring-road in North Oxford. Suit visiting academic or professional couple. Regret no children, pets, or smokers. Available from 1 Sept. Larger property £950 p.m.; smaller £725 p.m., plus expenses. Tel.: 01865 515085 or email patricia.boyd@perinat.ox.ac.uk.

Kidlington. Three-bedroom furnished detached house available from 1 Oct. for 6-month let. Situated in a quiet close near to excellent bus route and all amenities. No smoking and no house pets, please. £875 p.c.m. Please contact Bob Green on 07780 682123.

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 a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Headington. Academic on sabbatical offering very spacious, fully-furnished 3-bedroom detached house, large living-cum-dining room, (new) kitchen with breakfast bar, children's playroom, designer bathroom, large study, downstairs toilet and large garden. Off-street parking, g.c.h., all appliances, linen etc. Available 22 Sept.–31 Dec. Close to bus stops, shops, library, park. £1,100 p.c.m. excl. bills ONO. Bikes provided. Cleaner possible. Email aartichapman@hotmail.com. Tel.: 01865 767100.

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.

Marlborough Road. Attractive furnished 2-bedroom house, with large sitting room and kitchen, backing on to the meadow. Available late June. £850 p.c.m. Contact Dr. Peter Collett on 01865 744073 or collett.research@virgin.net.

Furnished modern semi in excellent condition; ideal for academic or professional couple. Two good-size bedrooms (one en suite), study/cot room, living room, fitted kitchen/diner, cloaks. Neat garden, garage, parking space. Quiet road, 3 miles from Oxford with direct bus route close by. C.h., d.g., all usual equipment. BT line and NTL broadband by agreement. No smoking. £750 p.c.m. excl. utilities. Available end July for up to a year. Email: chris@cprp.demon.co.uk. Tel.: 01865 358930 (evenings).

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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: pamela.lear@ccc.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 436850.

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Flats to Let

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. 1-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: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

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. Tel.: Oxford 311011. Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

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.

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 month's rent deposit. Contact Kate Kelly on 07711 320810 or preferably by email: katemfkelly@yahoo.co.uk.

Tinkerbell Cottage in Boar's 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 gil@loescher.freeserve.co.uk.

Headington. Fully-furnished and equipped 2-bedroom flat with garage, situated in quiet location within walking distance from Radcliffe Hospitals and Headington shops, as well as only being 1 mile away from Oxford city centre. Available from the beginning of July. A non-smoking professional couple or family is preferred. £785 p.c.m. Please contact 01865 766779 after 5.30 p.m.

Upper Wolvercote (North Oxford). Light and spacious 2-bedroom flat with stunning views over Port Meadow. Quiet location, yet on regular bus route. Fully furnished, with well-equipped kitchen, c.h., garage etc. Available 1 Sept. for long-term let to professional/academic couple. £750 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 558210.

Central North Oxford. Canal-side studio flat suitable for one person. Own entrance, use of garden, open plan kitchen/dining room/bed sitting room (9m by 3 m), plus shower-room (no bath), c.h. Available for one year or less. £450 p.c.m. incl. (except telephone). Tel.: 01865 553561.

Furnished studio flat with separate kitchen, c.h., attic storage space. Just off main shopping part of Headington, own car park. City centre approx. 2 miles, close to London coach stops. Available Sept. £625 p.m. Please ring 01865 373415 or 244089 or contact E. Gordon Hudson Agents, 24 Friars Entry, Oxford OX1 2DB (passage next to Debenham's, Cornmarket Street, Oxford).

Summer let or longer. Nice, sunny first-floor 2-bedroom flat with small balcony overlooking river in quiet position. Fully equipped and furnished with entry phone and parking. Close to city centre, colleges and station. £850 p.c.m. excl. Tel. 01865 241360 or 07899915393. Immediate availability.

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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: nicky@nickyweiner.plus.com.

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.

Charming 2-bedroom cottage with small, sunny garden in village of Eynsham, 4 miles from Oxford city. Bus service every 15 min. to colleges and libraries. One friendly tabby cat needs feeding, please. £1,100 p.c.m. Refs please. Available in August only. Email: barbarabibb@restore.free-online.co.uk. Tel.: 01865 882058.

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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: http://www.weeklyhome.com. E-mail: info@weeklyhome.com.

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Accommodation Offered

Little Garden B&B: `A home from home'. Single £38, double £50. Reduced monthly rates. Tel.: 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: admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk or visit our web site at www.oxfordshortlets.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.

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.

The Abbeyfield Oxford Society Ltd.—keep your independence with support! Brian Lewis House, Oxford, situated near the city centre, with good bus connections. The House provides en suite rooms for nine elderly residents, and has a lovely garden. There is a resident House Manager and friendly, supportive staff. For details, please contact the Administrator on 01865 790439 or email brianlewis@ukonline.co.uk.

Housesitter wanted 19 July–5 Aug. to look after cat in large house, centrally located in St John Street. Call Ruth Harris on 01865 513009 or email ruth.harris@new.ox.ac.uk.

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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: 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.

Flat or small house in Oxford wanted by single clergyman on sabbatical, from Aug./Sept. until end of Dec. Please contact Revd. Robin Griffith-Jones on 020 74275642 or master@templechurch.com.

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Accommodation Exchange

Offering `Sleepless in Seattle' style 1-bed/bath houseboat on Lake Union in downtown Seattle; looking for 2-double bedroom property within walking distance of Oxford train station/Saïd Business School. 2004–5 academic year, dates negotiable. Photos at http://www.camandannie.com/houseboat or contact cameron@clickstreamtech.com.

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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: mark@bayrock.co.uk. Web site: Web site: 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 email: thalpos@otenet.gr. Tel.: 0030 24240 29036. Fax: 0030 24240 23057.

Venice: S. Marco, S. Samuele. Charming apartment available in the heart of town for short stays, rented on a weekly basis. Well appointed; large living room, fully-equipped kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Sleeps 5 comfortably. £650 p.w. Email: tagariello@libero.it.

Cévennes: Ardèche/Gard/Lozère borders. 2 spacious, recently refurbished apartments in stone Cevenol `mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozère National Park. Set at about 1,000 ft, in over 2 acres of mature gardens and trees, the house is on the edge of a very quiet hamlet, near a village with shops. Dramatic mountain scenery, with attractive river-swimming, though Uzes, Nîmes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, Montpellier, Southern Rhône vineyards, and Gorges du Tarn are all within easy reach. Easy access via TGV or cheap flights. The larger flat has a vine-covered terrace, adjoining modern kitchen, salon, 3 double bedrooms (sleeps 8+), bathroom and 2 shower-rooms. The second, smaller flat has a large living area, shower-room, a cool covered terrace, and two bedrooms (sleeps 4 or 5). Though entirely separate from the larger flat—and available separately—this may be of particular interest to two families who enjoy holidays together but appreciate privacy and independence. Non-smokers only. Full c.h. available for autumn and winter lets. Prices from £210 p.w. Limited availability in June, July and Aug. Please contact 01527 541360.

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 www.Mouseholeholidays.co.uk.

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 www.andalucia- villas.co.uk.

Geneva area/Département de l'Ain. 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 Voltaire's 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: srusu@wanadoo.fr.

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 http://users.ox.ac.uk/~sant1033/poggiolo and http://users.ox.ac.uk/~sant1033/scacciapensieri. Tel.: 01865/288513 or email: filippo.ippolito@sbs.ox.ac.uk.

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: www.vignaledipirro.com. Email: info@vignaledipirro.com.

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, children's pool, and masseuse service. It's ideal for your unforgettable Italian holiday. See http://www.vrbo.com/40240. Email Tuscany.countries@libero.it 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: margareta@sanpanteleo.co.uk. See http://www.sanpantaleo.co.uk.

Algarve foothills, Portugal. Owner's peaceful, secluded villa with large pool in idyllic setting, opposite open countryside. Sleeps 4. Near beaches/golf. Available now. Email: mcuv81@dial.pipex.com.

Brixham, Devon. Newly refurbished, luxuriously furnished 4* fisherman's cottage. Fantastic marina/sea views. Five min. walk down to town/beach. Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. All mod. cons. Private garage, although picturesque walks direct from front door. Still summer vacancies available. Contact anne@keyfactors.freeserve.co.uk or see www.intercommunic8.co.uk/jericho/.

South Eastern Italy. 2-bedroom apartment in the ancient port of Monopoli, on the shores of Apulia. Stunning apartment on top floor of an 18th century palazzo with stone floors, carved wooden beams and high ceilings; 80 sq.m., sleeps 3. All mod. cons. (incl. air conditioning, c.h., dishwasher, jacuzzi, w/machine, stereo and new beds). In quiet old quarter of peaceful seaside town. Sweeping views of the Adriatic sea from virtually every room. Incl. 170 s.qm. rooftop terrace with views of sea, mountains, and medieval quarter below. Five min. walk to sandy beach, 16th century castle, city walls, and ancient fishing harbour. Forty-five min. by train or car from the international airports of Bari (Ryanair) and Brindisi, and 10 min. from the 18-hole San Dominico golf club. Near cave dwellings and world-famous pre-Greek and Roman conical stone buildings (trulli). 400 euro p.w. until May, 700 euro June and Sept., 1,100 euro July and Aug. Contact Angela Montemurro. Tel.: 0039 3282768344 or email linamonte@tiscalinet.it.

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: savera@onetel.net.uk.

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 lysander.watson@spc.ox.ac.uk.

North Oxford . Nicely presented, light and airy 4-bedroom detached family home with west-facing garden, garage and off-road standing for 2 cars. Bathroom, shower room, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, living room, garden room, utility room, g.c.h., d.g., broadband. Built in 1968 and later extended. £460,000. Tel.: 01865 552455.

Dordogne. Charming renovated cottage in Vézère Valley near Montignac/Lascaux. In heart of a small village with Templar church. Two bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, pretty courtyard, exposed stone walls, oak beams, inglenook with log-burning stove. Large open plan kitchen/living room. Near archaeological site of Castel Merle and 20 min. riverside walk to St Léon sur Vézère. OIRO £77,000. Tel.: 01363 82489.

Beautifully presented newly refurbished 3-bedroom Victorian style modern house in quiet leafy Central North Oxford. Two double and one single bedroom. Large sitting room with fireplace, fully-fitted kitchen, breakfast room, WC, main bathroom with bath and shower and en suite to master bedroom. Possible loft conversion. Good sized south-facing garden and patio. Close to the University, excellent nursery, primary and secondary schools, and superb restaurants. £365,000. Tel.: 01865 516758.

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