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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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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 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: http://www.cafezouk.co.uk.

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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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Antiques Bought and Sold

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

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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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Antiquarian Books Bought

Books bought. We buy any quantity of books, from single items of importance to entire libraries on History and the Humanities. Unsworth's Booksellers (ABA). Shops located at 15 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ; 12 Bloomsbury Street, London w.c.1B 3QA; and 101 Euston Road, London NW1A 2RA. E-mail: books@unsworths.com.

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Services Offered

Copywriting, editing, proofreading—reports, theses, research, newsletters, brochures. Large or small commissions. Very reasonable rates. Please contact Helen Gough on 01865 858413. Mobile: 07974 945441. E-mail: h.gough@talk21.com.

Town and Country Trees: arboricultural contractors; modern arboricultural techniques; local authority approved; safeguarded by full Public Liability insurance. Free advice and quotations. Tel.: 0845 458 2980 or 07976 261850 (mobile).

Big or small, we ship it all, plus free pick up anywhere in Oxford. Also 24-hour photocopying, private mailing addresses (24-hour access, and mail forwarding world-wide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services, and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 514655, fax: 514656, e-mail: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com, also at: 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, e-mail: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

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Secretarial Services

Transcription Service—interviews, seminars, focus groups. Specialised service by experienced secretary/linguist. Latest transcription equipment—poor sound quality no problem! Tapes or digital files. Contact: Alanna Ivin, Rapid Transcriptions on 07801 569045 or e-mail: rapid.transcriptions@pobox.com.

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Domestic Services

Need help with childcare? We have a fantastic, mature and reliable nanny, loved by our children. Due to our youngest child starting pre-school we need to reduce her hours and are looking for a family to share this great nanny. Hours and location negotiable. For further information contact Rachel Neale by e-mail: rachel.neale@ccrg.ox.ac.uk or tel.: 01865 315928 (home); 01865 875674 (evening).

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

Easter Revision Courses, GCSE, AS, and A level: d'Overbroeck's College is one of the leading and most established providers of Easter revision courses in the UK, with an outstanding track record of success. Expert exam-based teaching. Focused exam preparation and feedback. At GCSE: revise 3 subjects in a 5-day course. At AS and A level: revise 2 subjects in a 6-day course. Based in North Oxford. Limited places available. Contact us now to find out more. Telephone: 01865 310000. Web site: www.doverbroecks.com/easter.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NPL) Practitioner course. Oxford June to December 2004 Gain greater self awareness. Empower yourself. Transform yourself. Explore your physical, emotional and spiritual self. Contact Details: Margaret Walton 07929 755051 or Hugh Jones 07940 553877.

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Situations Vacant

Help sorting papers needed by retired professor. Cheerful patient person, 2 or 4 hours per week, £8 p.h. Telephone: Oxford 558698 Small, Witney-based publishing company needs some extra help; varied work ranging from basic office work to liaison with authors and suppliers. Hours to suit. Please send a CV and applications by post or e-mail. Applications can be sent to Nicholas Gingell, Lawtext Publishing Limited, Office 18, Spinners Court, 55 West end, Witney, Oxon. OX28 1NH. Tel.: 01993 706183, fax: 01993 709410, e-mail: ltp@lawtext.com.

Personal Assistant required: calm, efficient and articulate person required for creative household of journalist and publisher-designer, able to cope with household finances and organising varied social diary with equanimity. Responsibilities include booking travel and co-ordinating practical details for household. Discretion absolutely necessary, as is results-focused attention to detail. Personable nature and loyalty taken as given. Ability to use Sage necessary. Spoken Italian desirable. European preferred, with first-class English skills. Please send responses by e-mail: williamcash1@aol.com.

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Houses to Let

Summertown (near St Edward's School). For rent. Large comfortable three bedroom semi- detached house with garden and patio. Easy access to the city centre and colleges. Available 6 July to 31 August 2004 (7 weeks approx.) Rent £1,800 for the period plus phone and utilities. For careful and caring tenants. Non-smokers please. Deposit and references required. E-mail: illustrator@korkypaul.com or tel.: 01865 516556.

Eighteenth century Cotswold house, perfect for visiting academic family, recently renovated to high standard, band in the historic centre of pretty village (Eynsham) 6 miles from Oxford. Excellent 24 hour bus service, literally from our door. 2 sitting rooms, (large open fireplace, wood-burning stove), music/playroom with piano, dining-room, kitchen, utility room, 4/5 bedrooms, large study (internet access), c.h., all mod. cons., garage. Charming south-facing walled garden. Available for 4-week period from mid-July to late August. £450 p.w. E-mail: jmacclancy@brookes.ac.uk or Tel.: (home) 01865 880142; (work) 01865 483951.

St Clement's: Victorian terrace house available from April to September/October 2004. Ten minutes' walk to city centre; close to bus routes, parks, and river. Two bedrooms, study/third bedroom, bathroom, living room, dining room, kitchen with washing machine and door to enclosed garden. Suit academic couple or small family visiting Oxford. £900 p.c.m. all inclusive except telephone. Contact Oxford 723225.

Spacious, 3-bedroom house, fully furnished, one mile south of Carfax tower (next to Hinksey park) available immediately until end September. In excellent order with large lounge and patio garden. £875 p.m. plus bills to non-smoking academics! e-mail: sue.bridgford@virgin.net.

Temple Cowley, newly renovated and furnished Victorian house with garden, close to local amenities; 1–2 reception rooms; 3 bedrooms (1 with en suite shower and w.c.); fitted kitchen with dishwasher and w/machine. Available mid-Aug. to end Dec. £825 p.m. plus bills. Ideal for professionals and family. Tel.: Yasmin Sidhwa on 01865 711341 or e-mail : sidaley@hilldale.fsnet.co.uk.

North Oxford : new, bright, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped house with 2 bedrooms plus a study, master bedroom en suite, family bathroom, kitchen-diner, lounge, cloakroom, landscaped garden, private parking. Best suited to professionals or visiting academics seeking excellent accommodation in the best residential area just north of the Summertown shopping and sporting amenity, and with easy access to most hospitals and university departments. Available from Apr. Rent £975 p.c.m. (short term and service option). For further details tel.: 01865 516144 or fax: 01865 437996.

Two-bedroom modern terrace house with garden: fully furnished and fitted in excellent condition; gas c.h.; washer-drier; ample storage space in attic with ladder access. Situated in quiet cul-de-sac in Rewley Park behind the Saïd Business School, near train and bus stations. Reserved parking space. Available from 1 June for min. of 3 months. £895 p.c.m., deposit required. Ian and Josephine Macdonald, tel.: 01865 421234 or e-mail: josephine.reynell@qeh.ox.ac.uk, or macdonaldreynell@ntlworld.com.

Attractive, furnished detached four-bedroom house in quiet neighbourhood, with separate garage and off-street parking. Washer/dryer/microwave, d.g., c.h. Long lease preferred. £1,200 p.c.m. Suit family or responsible professionals/graduates. E-mail: crescent@highstream.net. Tel.: 01865 762236.

North Oxford : recently extended 2-bedroom terrace house, fully-furnished and equipped, open-plan downstairs, large conservatory, small gardens front and rear, garage, private parking. Very quiet place, close to Cutteslowe Park, frequent bus service to the town centre. Suited to professionals, visiting academics or small families. Available from April for 6 months or more. £800 p.c.m. E-mail: rimas.juskaitis@eng.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 559916 (evenings).

Granville Court, London Road: fully furnished, 2-bedroom flat; adjacent Brookes University and ten minutes' walk to city centre; en suite shower to main bedroom. £800 p.c.m. excl. bills. Available early-mid-Feb. Tel.: 01865 512149 or e- mail: dorothymyers@gn.apc.org.

Central South Oxford: beautifully renovated, light and airy Victorian terrace house, available for the Easter holidays. 10-minute walk from city centre, 2-minute walk from park and river. Sitting room, beautiful big kitchen with skylights and french windows leading to wooden deck and fully enclosed garden, 3 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and 1 en suite shower room. All mod cons. Sleeps up to 6 people. Available 4--18 April. £500 p.w. Telephone: 01865 247022. E-mail: themos@nag.co.uk.

Near Florence Park: 2-bedroom modern terrace house with small garden, in quiet cul-de-sac location. Within a 10-minute bus ride of city centre. Fully furnished and fitted, in excellent condition; washing machine, gas c.h. Reserved parking space. No pets or smoking. Available immediately until 31 Oct., or part period thereof. £700 p.c.m., plus bills. Deposit required. David Cannell. 01993 813217.

North Oxford (Jericho): fully furnished, recently re-decorated house, secluded garden, available from 1 Sept. for 1 year or less. Charming, cosy, quiet, c.h., easy to maintain, 2 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, washing machine, dryer, telephone, linen, dishes; walk to University, train and coach stations, near best schools, 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. E-mail: mackrelj@btopenworld.com. Or contact A. Gaston in Canada: +613 745 1368, fax: +613 745 0299, e-mail: gaston@cyberus.ca.

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

Second-floor turret flat. Gloucester Green. Available 15 August. Fully furnished. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, sitting room, turret room, well-fitted kitchen, electric c.h. £995 p.c.m. Contact 01628 472113.

Attractive modern two-bedroom two-level flat in North Oxford (near St Hugh's), 15-minute walk to city centre. Completely refurbished. Double bedroom, second bedroom/study, living room, bathroom and kitchen. All mod. cons. Communal garden. Garage option. Available, now, £880 p.c.m. Tel. (evenings): 01865 513202.

Paradise Street, central Oxford. Modern light 2-bedroom (3 single beds) flat. Available 10 July to 10 September. 1--2 weeks £450 p.w., 3--4 weeks £400 p.w., longer spell, at £350 p.w. inc. electricity. Contact 020 8542 9063 or e-mail hazel@gmx.co.uk.

For rent from 1 April in Headington. Architect designed Studio; self contained; tiny private garden; wood-burning stove. For non-smoking single person. £650 p.c.m. inc., heat, light, and cleaning. Contact Pauline Hodson on Oxford 762991 or e-mail paulinehodson@supanet.com.

SE London: 1--2 bedroom, pretty and spacious first floor flat, recently refurbished. Double bedroom, second bedroom/study, living room, bathroom, kitchen, lobby, separate toilet. Washing machine, cooker (gas hob, electric oven). Small garden. 2 min from Brockley station. Available beg. April for six months, £600 p.c.m. (not incl. bills). Contact: 020 86915381 or 07740 701974.

Central North Oxford, Woodstock Road. Luxury flat in recently refurbished property. Two double bedrooms (one en-suite). Fully furnished. Opposite St Antony's College. Convenient for shops, restaurants, and colleges. Ten minutes' walk to city centre. Available from mid-April 2004 for 1 year. £1,280 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 552069 or e-mail: marina.dealarcon@prm.ox.ac.uk.

Upper Wolvercote, pretty location: self-contained, modernised, light, airy, 1-bedroom flat on second floor of old family house, overlooking Port Meadow. Stunning views, rural surroundings, and all mod cons. Convenient for University and Oxford city. Bedroom with en suite shower, kitchen/dining-room. Parking, cycling and/or bus ride 15 minutes to city centre. Suit academic or other professional. £695 p.c.m., exc. telephone. Ready for viewing second half of Mar.; available late Mar./Apr. References required. E-mail: wrldco@aol.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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Vacation Lets

East Oxford, Victorian family house; sunny garden, 3 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms, large kitchen/diner (and cat), available 3–24 Aug. (extension possible), 10 mins. from city centre. No smokers. £300 p.w. Tel.: 01865 726574. E-mail: chris@redkitepartners.co.uk.

North Oxford : light, spacious Edwardian home, in quiet, leafy location, 1½ miles from city centre. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lovely kitchen with Aga, south-facing sitting-room overlooking college grounds, secluded garden, available 1–29 August, £650 p.w. Tel.: 01865 512397. E-mail: mj@martinjennings.com.

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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

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

Artemis House: bed and breakfast accommodation in tastefully decorated Edwardian House. Good location, close to city centre, parking available. Find out more on: www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/artemis-house. Tel.: 01865 244357.

Delightful rooms in North Oxford available now. Short stay (up to 6 weeks). £55 p.w. Book by telephone or fax: 01865 511657 or e-mail: coulsonm@btconnect.com.

College and County have a range of quality properties to let in Oxford. Contact: info@collegeandcounty.biz to see how we can meet your accommodation needs.

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

Visiting female Brazilian academic seeks 1-bedroom flat in North Oxford, 10 May–12 June. Contact Sebastian Rahtz at OUCS. E-mail: sebastian.rahtz@oucs.ox.ac.uk.

Professional couple seek 2- or 3-bedroom house to rent in Oxford, from beginning of April. Short or long-term let considered, references available. If you can help, please contact Louise on Oxford 203251, or e-mail: louise.harriss@psychiatry.ox.ac.uk.

US college professor and family (spouse and 11-year-old triplets) seek furnished rented accommodation, from 1 Aug. 2004 to 28 Feb. 2005. Looking for 3 bedrooms, with parking. Preferred locations: Summertown, Headington, or Marston. Non-smoking, no pets. Please contact Professor Catherine Kodat. E-mail: ckodat@hamilton.edu.

House rental sought in central/north Oxford, for July (all or part—ideally the whole month), for professional mum and 2 daughters. Former Oxford resident (still owns Summertown house, and friends), now NYC resident, seeks summer base for visiting UK friends/family. Will consider NYC exchange. Excellent Oxford references. E-mail: Lbarder@nyc.rr.com.

College and County is seeking to increase their portfolio of high quality Oxford property suitable for postgraduate and academic lets. Ethical letting Works! A high level of personalised service and a less adversarial approach is in the interest of all. Would you like us to let and manage your house for you? Contact: mark@collegeandcounty.biz.

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 Offered to Rent or Exchange

Attractive, fully-furnished, quiet, well-maintained 2-bedroom, 2-study house, gas/c.h., with long garden, near park, shops, bus route, 10 minutes from city centre, wanted to exchange for 1 or 2-bedroom Manhattan apartment for academic year 2004--5, available from 1 Sept., or to rent, £900 p.m. Contact: 01865 725577.

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Holiday Lets

Tuscany. Traditional stonebuilt house in friendly hill village. Sleeps 4/5. Lovely unspoilt area adjoining incredible nature reserve/national park. Walk, paint or relax. Discover Lucca, Florence (1.5 hours), Pisa (1 hour). Beautiful swimming pool complex, shops, restaurants nearby. Brochure available. Tel.: 01865 204412.

Available Easter. Fringe of Pembrokeshire National Park, 5 miles from coast: lovely secluded farmhouse set in own fields and woodland, including small lake for swimming and canoeing. Sleeps 8--10, fully equipped, spacious and comfortable. C.h. and wood-burning stoves. Three double, one dormitory bedroom, two bathrooms. Also available summer school holidays. £800 p.w. Other times and prices by arrangement. Contact Oxford 556244 or 0208 997 5879.

Languedoc. Beautiful maison de maîtreamong peaceful hills in five acres between Toulouse and Albi. Panoramic views. Shaded terrace. Pool. Herb garden. Bicycles, boules, pingpong. Sleeps 8+ adults plus children's dormitory. Fully equipped all ages, including separate `granny' house. Contact hrubinstein@beeb.net.

Magic Cave. Charming (if tiny) flat for two in Cordes-sur-Ciel, the fabled Cathar walled city in the Tarn, a veritable jewel of the Middle Ages, and only an hour from Toulouse airport. Comfortably furnished, with own kitchen and bathroom, with access to a separate garden, and is well placed for sightseeing—ses vues panoramiques, et tout ça—fabulous markets, restaurants, walking and cycling. Ludicrously cheap and available all year round—ideal for budget-conscious gourmands, penny-pinching scholars, and cash-strapped lovers of La France Profonde. Telephone: The Aged Campbell on 00335 6356 1769.

The Torre di Bellosguardo is a hidden secret in Florence—a stunning hotel with a 15th-c. tower, 16 large rooms (all with bathrooms), furnished with antiques. Set in 17 acres of beautiful gardens with spectacular views over the city, it is open all year. Own garden produce served. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness rooms, light meals in the bar in the evenings, poolside meals in summer. Unique setting, discreet staff, and resident Oxford- educated owner ensure peace and quiet at all times. A marvellous base from which to explore Florence and beyond, and a haven to return to. A self-contained flat (kitchen, sitting-room, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms), with private terrace and far-reaching views is also available, with use of the hotel's facilities included. See www.torrebellosguardo.com, or tel.: 0039 055 229 8145, or Oxford 554066, for more information.

Umbria/Tuscany border: 2 apartments and cottage to let in converted Umbrian farmhouse. Rural location, views over olive grove and swimming pool. Each apartment sleeps 4, cottage 2. Contact and further information: www.umbrialink.com/pioppi. E-mail: timaltby@tin.it.

French Pyrenees: 2 traditional stone houses, at 850 m with wonderful views (Chateau de Montsegur), ideal for walking and relaxing. All facilities included for £170–£300 p.w., depending on numbers. We are 1¼ hours from Carcassone. Please tel.: 00 335 6101 3046, for photographs and more information.

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.

Lisbon and Lisbon Coast, Portugal: lovely, large, fully-furnished duplex, 3 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, garden and barbecue, sleeps 5. All mod. cons, TV with cable, close to delightful Carcavelos and Cascais beaches, similar to Côte d'Azur. 20/30 minutes by car to Lisbon and Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. £300--£350 p.w. Telephone: 01865 769328. E-mail: julian@jdgross.fsworld.co.uk.

Dordogne, between Domme and Sarlat: cherished old family cottage with glorious panoramic view, to let in the loveliest part of Dordogne. From its windows you see dozens of birds—including buzzards, green woodpeckers, and a hoopoe; butterflies crowd round the lavender and 7 varieties of wild orchid flourish in the meadow—and a few old farmhouses on the opposite hillside. You are totally private, yet the village is 7 minutes' drive away; 2 medieval towns (Sarlat and Gourdon) with weekly peasant markets, only 15 minutes away. 3 bedrooms with fine antique furniture, 2 glamorous bathrooms, living room with kitchen corner—extremely simple, but has 2 fridges, fine crockery, glass, and ample cooking equipment. Sleeps 6--8, more if children piled in attic! Available for early birds at Easter, vacant late June– early Sept. Rent from £350 p.w. For further details telephone: 0207 2449762. E-mail:angelambert@compuserve.com.

Barga, Tuscany: charming 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom cottage, sleeps 4, in hills overlooking Garfagnana Valley and Carara mountains, panoramic views, surrounded by vines and olives. 5 mins. from bustling market town of Barga, offering cultural events, swimming, sports and shops. Comfortable accommodation with rustic charm. Sorry, no children under 12. For prices, availability, details, and photos, tel. Mrs J. Collett on: 01672 541147. E-mail: jane@casacollett.fsnet.co.uk.

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.

Traditional Tarn farmhouse in 18 acres, sleeps 6/8 in main house (2 bathrooms) plus 4 in self-contained cottage across courtyard. Ideal for large family, or two families sharing. Recently modernised to high standard, c.h., open fireplaces, fully furnished, satellite TV, swimming pool (heated if required), hard tennis court, large games room with table tennis, snooker; secluded field and oak woods. 1k from village of Cahuzac-sur-Vere (supermarket, baker, 2 restaurants, cafe, bank, butcher); 45 minutes Toulouse airport, in Gaillac, Cordes, Albi triangle. Available to let from Easter 2004. For more information contact: mike.simler@wanadoo.fr or tel.: Judith on 01993 878793 (eves) or 01865 281577 (a.m.); Web site: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/mike.simler/Gaubile2.

Italy—Umbria, near Perugia, within easy reach of Assisi, Lake Trasimene, Orvieto. Restored farmhouse, own private valley, large swimming pool: 2 spacious flats sleeping 4 and 2, or can be combined. £250–£750 p.w. depending on numbers of beds and season. For further details phone or fax 01865 390581.

Southern France: 27 miles from Perpignan Airport. Tastefully restored traditional village house with character in the heart of `Cathar Country'; 5 double bedrooms (3 en suite) plus family bathroom; 2 living rooms; large fully equipped kitchen. Large roof terrace. Other airports: Carcassone, Montpelier, Barcelona. Local swimming, rivers and lakes, beaches within 30 miles, and hiking. Available from now. Call Tony Venables on 01491 825035, or 01865 557767 evening. E-mail: janevenab@aol.com.

Tuscany: family owned Wine Estate, producing highly recognised wines, olive oil and cheese: offers ancient farmhouse and apartments accommodation 2 up to 12+. Secluded rural setting, half hour central Florence. Contact: tel./fax: 0039 055 824 9120. E-mail: sulpoggio@bcc.tin.it.

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. n

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House for Sale

Central North Oxford (Park Town): outstanding, beautiful home in prime location, close to University Parks, colleges, and departments. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, through living/dining room opening to spacious conservatory. Good decorative order. Secluded garden plus 3 communal gardens. No chain. Offers around £1.275m. For full details e-mail: oliver.braddick@psy.ox.ac.uk. Telephone: 01865 512025.

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