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Oxford University Gazette, 9 June 2005: Advertisements

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 website:

A Wine and Strawberry Party will be held in the Club Room between 5.30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Mon., 13 June. Wives, husbands, partners and children are invited. Please book with the booking secretaries.

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Society for Graduates

The following meetings are held on Fridays at 8 p.m. in the Okinaga Room in Wadham College, Parks Road. Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university and of all ages are eligible for membership. 10 June, S. Marner, 'Ferdinand Bauer (1760–1826): 'the Leonardo of natural history illustrations'; 17 June, AGM & Barbecue at 21 Woodcroft, Kennington, 6.30 p.m. Members: £5 per term. Visitors: £1.50 per meeting. For more information, contact Anita Segar, President, on 01865 730574.

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Oxford University Society Travel Programme

The new OU Society Travel Programme 2005–06 will be launched on 30 June. Travel with like-minded Oxonians on trips accompanied by expert lecturers. Highlights include the solar eclipse in Egypt, a barge cruise in Burgundy, and a trip to discover the gardens and temples of Japan. Oxford University staff are welcome. To request your copy, please contact Cathy Tennent at or 01865 288087. Alternatively, see our website at

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

The breaking of the twenty-first century: 16 June, Sir Richard Evans, 'Whither China?' The talk will be held at St Giles' Church at 12.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs, a small donation would be appreciated.

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Meco Monthly Forum. Sun., 19 June, 3 p.m., Summertown Church Hall, corner Banbury and Portland Roads, North Oxford. Dr Kamil Mahdi, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, will lecture on and lead a discussion entitled 'Religion and Politics in Occupied Iraq'. Free admission. All welcome. Refreshments served. For further information phone 01865 439805/766032. Email:

Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust. Mon, 27 June, 3 p.m., Wolfson College Hall. William Dalrymple, historian and broadcaster, will give a lecture on 'From the Holy Mountain', the subject of his best-selling book on Christian Communities in the Middle East. Tickets (£10) available at the door to include reception to follow.

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School Scholarship Offered

Summer Fields, Oxford: the Maclaren Trust Scholarship. A scholarship, of up to 90% of full fees, is awarded to a boy of outstanding ability between the ages of 10 and 12 who, without this financial support, would not be able to come to Summer Fields. For an application form please write to or telephone the Registrations Secretary, Summer Fields, Oxford OX2 7EN. Tel.: 01865 459204. Email:

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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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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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Personal Training Services

One of the highest qualified exercise and nutritional consultants/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. Website:

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Services Offered

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

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.

Vacation job sought by young German woman (age 21), mid-July to end Aug., prior to starting university in the autumn. Fluent German and French; good English. Has just spent a year in Paris as an au pair. Prepared to work as au pair/nanny or in a restaurant, etc. Contact for further information.

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Domestic Services

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

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Tuition Offered

Traditional English Watercolours. Summer schools in watercolour painting with Rebecca Hind and Stuart Dawson at Little Wittenham Nature Reserve, South Oxfordshire. Two 1-week courses running Mon.–Fri., weeks commencing 11 July and 18 July @ £175 p.w. Suitable for beginners and experienced painters. Details on or call 01865 340633.

Training in public speaking/presentations. One-day speaking course in Oxford on Sat., 11 June. Learn to present yourself and your ideas so that you make a good impression every time. The day is dedicated to improving your speaking skills. Maximum number of participants is six. For more details call 01865 437232 or check my website at

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Situations Vacant

Stanford University Centre in Oxford. Required for Sept., a part-time Student Services Assistant. Duties will include providing reception cover, administration of student services, and clerical support to the Director and Administrator. Stanford is a well- known American university for which the Programme in Oxford offers 47 students the opportunity to study here as part of their degree course. Closing date: 10 June. Full particulars may be obtained from the Administrator on 01865 251193 or

Office Administrator. James Currey, Oxford-based publishers of academic books on Africa, are looking for an administrator for a small friendly office to start in Sept. Enthusiasm, energy, and an eye for detail essential. Experience with a publisher, NGO or bookshop would be useful. Computer literacy, including Excel and database skills required. The job entails financial, sales and stock-keeping duties as well as the daily running of a busy office. Hours are negotiable up to a 35-hour week. Salary c.£17,000–£19,000 pro rata according to experience and present salary, and hours to be negotiated. For a full job description please email or call 01865 244111.

Oxford University Press currently seeks a Bibliographic Librarian to join a friendly team. The role entails providing accurate and timely bibliographic information on all Press publications and ensuring that our data provision meets or exceeds the BIC basic standards. In addition, there will be the opportunity to provide managerial support for the Librarian. Candidates will need initiative and the ability to negotiate and problem solve. PC literacy and experience working with a range of databases is essential. Salary: c.£17,000 p.a. Closing date: Fri., 17 June. To apply, please send your CV, covering letter and salary details to James Lloyd, Personnel Officer, via email to or to: Oxford University Press, Gt. Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP.

Oxford University Press currently seeks a Librarian (maternity leave cover) to join a friendly team. Continuing the provision of OUP's excellent Library service, this role involves managing the Library service as well as the supply of data to bibliographic providers and the stationery and copying contracts across the business. With previous supervisory and budget management experience candidates must display creativity and the ability to problem solve. Experience of the book trade and Library classification systems would be an advantage but is not essential. Salary: c.£19,000 p.a. Closing date: Fri., 17 June. To apply, please send yourCV, covering letter and salary details to James Lloyd, Personnel Officer, via email to or to: Oxford University Press, Gt. Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP.

There are a number of upcoming opportunities for part-time or casual work at the OUP Bookshop and Library. Are you interested? Then please contact

Required as soon as possible, well-qualified teachers of Albanian, Danish, Lithuanian, Malay and Mongolian to prepare students for the International Baccalaureate. Applicants should be native speakers who are able to teach literature to pre- university students in their mother tongue. For details, please contact Mrs C. Gospel, Head of Languages, as soon as possible. Tel.: 01865 517333. Fax: 01865 517319. Email:

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

Comfortable family house in Lonsdale Road, North Oxford. Close to Summertown shops and easy bus access to the university. Fully furnished with a quiet garden. Excellent local schools. Three bedrooms, study, large living room, kitchen and bathroom, g.c.h. Ideal for a visiting academic. Available from Sept. for 12 months. £1,100 p.m. (excl. local council tax). Contact Dr. Max Peberdy at

Moreton Road, North Oxford. Four-bedroom house from Aug. Lovely furnished house in residential area, close to schools, shops, sports centre. One mile from centre. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 2 further double bedrooms and single bedroom, family bathroom, shower room with bidet. Open plan sitting room with sunny south-facing dining area. Further reception. Fully-fitted kitchen. Utility room. Off-street parking. Garden. £1,875 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: 01865 554142. Email:

Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire. Sitting room, dining room, 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, study/playroom/4th bedroom, well-fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, water softener, microwave), g.c.h., full insulation. Downstairs could accommodate wheelchair. Conservatory, garden, ample off-road parking, secure fencing. Fully-furnished, china, linen, pans, utensils. Good road and rail communications. Available from Aug. £1,000 p.c.m. excl. utilities and services. Deposit: £1,500. Tel./Ans./Fax: 01235 834740. Email:

Osney Island. Sunny and spacious end-of-terrace period property, five min. to railway station and 10 min. to city centre. Two double bedrooms, refurbished bathroom, two reception rooms, modern fitted kitchen, g.c.h. security alarm system, courtyard garden. On-street permit parking. Available furnished or unfurnished from Aug. £1,100 p.c.m., ONO. Contact Steve on 07779 791980 or

Modernized Victorian house in quiet East Oxford Street. Close to shops and town centre. Two double bedrooms and a study/attic room with telephone and IT desk. Furnished. Kitchen equipment and bed linen provided. Lovely garden and interiors. With regret leaving home due to relocation. Shorthold tenancy required for one year, and possible extension. Suit academic couple with need for study space or small family. £875 p.c.m. Email: Tel.: 07986036561.

Lovely, well-equipped peaceful home in quiet street near centre of Oxford and Brookes with large garden backing onto park. To let from mid-July or 1 Aug. One large double bedroom, 1 single with large balcony and garden views, both with own shower/toilet rooms; study; very large kitchen; dining room and separate 2nd sitting room with fireplace. See website pictures at (does not include top floor apartment.) Seeking quiet, responsible professionals. £1,200 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 427707.

Fully-furnished house to let off Botley Road from mid-Sept. Two double bedrooms, nice garden. Please contact

Comfortable small family house in Buckler Road, North Oxford. Walking distance to Summertown shops and easy bus access to the University. Part furnished with a quiet garden. One double, one single bedroom, study/third bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom, g.c.h. Ideal for a visiting academic. Available from mid-July for 12 months. £850 p.m. (excl. local council tax). Contact Dr Liesl Osman at

Cosy furnished 2-bedroom Victorian terrace cottage in Upper Wolvercote, North Oxford, 2 miles from St Giles. Charming cycle ride along canal towpath and frequent bus service to The Broad. G.c.h., open fire and garden. Non-smokers and vegetarians preferred. Well-behaved pet welcome. Suit visiting academic or couple. References and deposit required. Available Sept.-June (negotiable). £690 p.c.m. For more details please ring 01865 513465 or email

Hill Top Road, Headington. Near hospitals and schools. Large open- plan kitchen/diner and sitting room. Further large reception room, utility room, downstairs shower and cloakroom. Five bedrooms; first-floor bathroom. Fully furnished. Pleasant garden. Off-street parking. Available July. Suit family. No sharers, no pets. N-s only. £1,450 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 351745.

Central Oxford, Victorian house, 3 large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sitting room, dining room, modern kitchen. Recently renovated, tastefully furnished, new appliances, g.c.h., smoke detectors, garden. Bright and airy. Off Botley Road, 5 min. walk to city centre, colleges, station, etc. Close to scenic riverside walks. Friendly neighbourhood. Close to good schools. £1,250 p.c.m., available Aug. Contact 020 7837 3318 or

Stratford Street, Iffley Fields. Two-bed detached house with parking. Modern large conservatory kitchen. Available Sept. Contact or call 07973 297053.

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Flats to Let

Central North Oxford: 10 min. walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: available now for short/long let in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large, light airy rooms: lovely ground floor flat, fully furnished, with large double bedroom, large single bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Available from Aug. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789092274.

Paris 12 (Nation/Belair) modern 1-bedroom flat, bright and reasonably spacious, in this pleasant part of Paris. Convenient for metro/RER, excellent local shopping. Available from July. £700 p.c.m. for lets of 3 months or more; shorter lets by negotiation. Contact or phone 01865 316998.

Cowley, Boswell Road. Extremely nice ground-floor flat with large garden. Two bedrooms and all modern comforts. Very silent. Well-served by buses, 15 min. from downtown. For very quiet academic person or couple, with reference. From end Aug. to end Jan. 2006. £550 p.m., council tax and bills excluded. Tel.: 01865 711577 (7 p.m.–9 p.m. or leave message). Mobile: 07810 194454. Email:

Headington. Purpose-built apartment in a new gated development just off the Green Road roundabout. Very good access to buses, London coaches and ring road; short walk from Headington shops. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one en suite), fitted kitchen, dining/living room. Largely unfurnished, but will furnish if desired. Second floor. One reserved undercover parking space. Available from 1 July, possibly earlier. £850 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 430522 (p.m. and evenings).

Summertown. Newly refurbished light and spacious first-floor flat. Huge drawing room, master bedroom, bathroom, fully-fitted kitchen, second bedroom/office; wooden floors throughout. Suit visiting academic. Available early June. £990 p.c.m. Contact or call 01865 722277.

Woodstock Road, North Oxford. Large Edwardian 1-bedroom ground- floor flat, available 1 Sept. to 31 May. Fully furnished and equipped. Easy walking distance to both University and Summertown shopping. Includes sitting room/study, dining room/study, new bathroom, kitchen with dishwasher and washer/dryer. Private garden and carport. Ideal for academic couple. £720 p.m. plus utilities and council tax. Phone 01865 559174 or email

Great Milton. Very pleasant, quiet flat to let, overlooking trees and garden. One bedroom, walk-in cupboard, bathroom, large living area, kitchen, coutyard with fig tree. Parking space. Excellent connections (Park & Ride) to Oxford. Moderate rent. Available late Sept. Please phone (evenings) 01844 279202.

Central Kidlington, Oxon. Brand new 2-bedroom apartment, ready mid-July. Fully-equipped kitchen, including new washing machine, living room, 2 double bedrooms and bathroom, good local amenities and excellent bus service on doorstep. Furnished or unfurnished optional. Non-smokers and no pets. Tel.: 01869 350459 or 07771 665466.

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Vacation Lets

Large Victorian 5-bedroom house with walled garden overlooking the river at Iffley Lock. Ten min. cycle ride to city centre along the towpath. Available 7 Aug.–4 Sept. £500 p.w. Use of car (VW Passat) also a possibility. Please call Tanya on 01865 401510 or email

Summertown, Oxford. Spacious 4-bedroom (2 double, 2 single) furnished house and garden available for rent from mid-July to mid-Sept. 1.5 miles to city centre. Frequent buses. Two min. from Summertown shops. Study. Broadband connection. Good rates offered for holiday period. For details, email or call 01865 514998.

Live in comfort near the Thames, a short walk to the city centre. Beautiful Victorian house, 4 bedrooms (two doubles), c.h., large split-level living room, dining room, modern and fully-equipped kitchen. Bathroom 1: large bath, bidet and wc. Bathroom 2: shower and wc. South-facing garden. Residents' parking, two bicycles. Available nearly eight weeks, from Fri., 8 July–Thurs., 1 Sept. Price negotiable. Tel.: +44 (0) 1865 725193. Email:

Central North Oxford. Spacious Victorian 4-bedroom 2-bathroom semi-detached house, sleeps 8. Two sitting rooms, conservatory, large kitchen with Aga. TV, dishwasher, washing-machine etc. Large secluded garden, off-street parking. Chalfont Road is 10 min. walk from city centre, University Park, and University departments, also 5 min. from river. Available 26 July–26 August. £516 p.w. incl. utilities, council tax, and cleaner or £2,000 for whole period. Contact Dr J. Reynell. Tel.: 01865 516615. Email:

Room to let. Spacious master bedroom with en suite bath. £500 p.c.m., all bills included. Available July and August. Shared house with n-s academic professionals in Waterside (Jericho/Port Meadow). Parking space. For further details please call 07717 053641 or email

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Accommodation Offered

Marston. Furnished room to let in spacious house, sharing with friendly professional (f/28). Cosy living room, dining room/study, small kitchen, bathroom (shower and bath). Large garden. Very close to shops, bus stops; near University Parks and JR Hospital. Suit quiet, n-s female academic/professional. Available from Aug./Sept. to ideally late May 2006 (flexible). £350 p.m. plus bills and council tax. For further details, please call 01865 242049. Email:

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

Finders Keepers: for all of your accommodation needs please contact us—Oxford's rental specialist. Tel. 01865 311011.

Thomas Merrifield Lettings. We let and manage property throughout Oxford and Oxfordshire and always have a good selection of furnished and unfurnished properties available for 6- or 12-month lets. We have a team of dedicated staff based in Jericho in Oxford and would be delighted to help you with your accommodation search. Please phone us on 01865 515900. Fax: 01865 310823. Email: Website:

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. Email:

Comfortable, pleasant accommodation available for academics in attractive, private house, just over a mile from the centre of Oxford. B&B basis. Dinner by arrangement. One minute to bus stop. River walks nearby. Quiet. A home away from home. £39 per night. Discounts for long bookings. Please telephone 01865 770 501. Email:

Attic room in a semi-detached house in South Oxford, 1 mile from city centre. Self-contained but for shared main entrance and stairs to first floor. Overlooking open country from the back. Consists of one room including a kitchenette and a separate shower room. Fully furnished and equipped with a microwave, hob and utensils. Suitable for a post- graduate student. £500 p.c.m including bills except for telephone (own telephone line). Available from mid-Sept. Dr. M. O'Brien, Tel. 01865 728 111. Email:

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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. Suitable for short lets for visiting academics or business people. From £330 p.w. all inclusive. Sleeps 2–5 people. Tel.: 07870 234725. Website: Email:

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Office Accommodation

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

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Accommodation Sought

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

Finders Keepers: for all of your accommodation needs please contact us—Oxford's rental specialist. Tel. 01865 311011.

College and County are seeking high quality family homes for long lets for visiting academics. We have a number of applicants from the States and from Europe who are hoping to take up tenancies between now and the end of Sept. All areas required but we have particular demand in North and West Oxford. For a confidential market appraisal or for an informal chat please contact Mark Crampton Smith on 01865 722277 or email

Apartment or small house required to rent for period of 1 Oct.–31 Dec. in or near Oxford city centre or close to good bus routes thereto for visiting n-s academic couple with one baby. One large bedroom or two needed, washing machine essential. Oxford references available (Prof. Stephen Harrison, Corpus Christi College. Email: Please contact Mr Matti Wiik, University of Bergen, Norway. Email:

Newly arrived Fellow of Brasenose and partner seeking a long term, unfurnished house or flat to let from Aug. within 2 miles' walking distance of the College. We would prefer at least two bedrooms, wood flooring, lots of light, a modern kitchen and bathroom, washer and dryer, dishwasher (or space to hook one up) and some outdoor space, terrace or garden. Please contact us at or on 07966 968521 (mobile).

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Holiday Lets

Greek Island Rentals. Skopelos and Alonissos. Local villa specialist offers lovely pool villas, town houses and cottages available for rent. Town, country and seaside locations. Accommodations for 2–16 persons. Prices from £100 p.p./p.w. For information see Email : Fax : +30 24240 23057.

Italy. Lovely, small, sunny village house (historic centre), 45 min. to Rome by bus/train (frequent service). Suitable for max. 2 n-s people. Fully furnished, linen, duvets etc. provided. You need take nothing. Very quiet, ideal for study. £300 p.m. (plus bills, which amount to very little). Ideally for at least one month or more. Photos provided if interested. Contact Angela Fuller on 01284 704441.

Cévennes: Ardèche/Gard/Lozère borders. Two spacious, recently refurbished apartments in stone Cevenol 'mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozère National Park. Still some availability for this summer. 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. Convenient 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 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. N-s only. Full c.h. available for autumn and winter lets. Prices from £245 p.w. Please contact 01527 541360.

Chateau guesthouse in Normandy: Le Castel, an 1850s petit chateau near Coutances. Set in 4 acres of gardens just 20 min. from the sea. All Normandy's sights easily accessible. Five ensuite guest rooms, 3 with fire places, all furnished in period style. Rooms from €50 p.p. per night, incl. breakfast. Call Nicholas on 0033 233 170045, or see www.le-castel-

South-West France. Attractive farmhouse set in over one-acre garden, beautiful quiet position, 3 km. from medieval village Lauzerte, 2 hours from Bordeaux/ one hour from Toulouse airport. Sleeps 6 plus attic bedroom with 5 beds, so suitable for couples or larger group. 10m. x 5m. swimming pool. Golf, tennis, fishing nearby and Cahors wine region. Still available parts of June/Sept. at £500 p.w. and late Aug. at £850 p.w., autumn/winter lets negotiable. Tel. Helen on 01367 810218 or Sally on 01494 864573.

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

Mousehole, near Penzance, Cornwall. Gorgeous holiday cottage in picturesque harbour village. Sleeps 6 plus. Light spacious upstairs living room with balcony overlooking Mounts Bay. Well-equipped kitchen/diner, handmade units, exposed granite wall, traditional Cornish range; 100 yards from harbour, small sandy beach, safe swimming when the tide is in. Excellent restaurants; galleries; walks; coast path to Lamorna Cove. Many of our visitors return. . . Tel.: 01865 727423 for illustrated brochure, or visit

Fully restored, centrally heated, tastefully furnished medieval Palazetto with 14th century cellar, in a tranquil setting in historical centre of Capranica, Italy. Close to lakes, Etruscan heartland. Rome 30 miles. Accommodation over 3 floors. Large double, single/study, bathroom, lounge/diner with fireplace, fully-equipped kitchen/diner, sunny terrace with views over valley. £1,100 p.m. From Oct. for 6 months to 1 year. Tel.: 020 7370 5794. Email:

Wells next the Sea, Norfolk. On central green near harbour. Georgian cottage, three bedrooms, sleeps 5–6. Washer, fridge, cooker, toaster, TV, heating. Parking outside, small gardens. Tel.: 01223 356384.

Dordogne, near Mussidan. Two homes: a comfortable, recently restored farmhouse (Lavaure-Haute) and a charming converted barn (La Grange), set in 15 acres of woodland; complete privacy from one another and from all other properties. Lavaure-Haute sleeps 8; La Grange sleeps 5. They share a 10m x 5m pool located about 40m from each house in its own attractively landscaped grounds. The properties individually make excellent family accommodation, which can be used separately or can be used by two families wishing to holiday together. Both homes look out over different unspoilt valleys and have their own entrances and private patios. Lavaure is 20km due north of Bergerac. Prices p.w.: Lavaure-Haute/La Grange: July and Aug.: £860/£660, June and Sept.: £640/£480, other: £480/£360; 5% discount if both houses are booked. Contact Michael and Caroline Hill. Tel.: 01307 818 376. Fax: 01307 818 952.

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Houses for Sale

Delightful 18th-century stone cottage. Recently renovated throughout. Idyllic, friendly village, 8 miles London side of Oxford. Sitting room: open fire, exposed beams. Large, inviting kitchen/dining room: custom-made fitted timber units/shelving. 2 double bedrooms. Bright bathroom: modern, classic roll-top bath, wood-effect floor, spots, wall-lights. Attractive, secluded, south-facing courtyard garden (peaches, grapes). G.c.h. Regular Oxford bus. OIEO £295,000. Tel.: 01844 278166. Email:

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Flats for Sale

Costa del Sol. Luxury apartment (92 sq metres) near Selwo Park Nature Reserve in Estepona, Marbella. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, large lounge, fully- fitted kitchen. Large terrace with panoramic views: mountains to the left; sea to the right. Ideal base for exploring Andalucia and the white Moorish villages clinging to mountainsides: Casares, Arcos de la Frontera, Rondo. Within easy reach of Jerez, Cadiz, Cordoba. €265,000 ONO. Tel.: 07752 050807. n

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