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Oxford University Gazette, 10 March 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:

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Boat Race

The Oxford University Society invites you to watch the 151st Oxford v. Cambridge Boat Race with us on 27 March. We have chartered a boat that will be moored at Chiswick Pier on the northern bank, affording a superb view of the crews in the finishing stages of the race. Tickets cost £45 each. For further information, please see our website ay/boatrace.shtml or phone Cathy Tennent on 01865 288087.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Christ at Work: 17 March, 'The nun's priest's tale', Revd Lister Tonge (Convent Chaplain).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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St Giles' Interfaith Talks Series, Lent 2005

Visions of Love: Explorations into the meaning of love. 15 Mar., 'Love and charity', Rt Revd Prof Stephen Sykes, Honorary Bishop of Durham and Principal of St John's College, Durham. The talk will be held at St Giles' Church, Oxford, at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

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'Perspectives on the Passion', 18–20 Mar., Trinity College, Oxford. An interdisciplinary conference exploring the use and influence of the passion narratives in art, music, literature, and theology. Speakers include Neil MacGregor, Regina Schwartz, Robin Jensen, and John Butt. Also including the exhibition 'Bandages, Cuts and Piercings' by artist Kip Gresham and a concert by A Capella Portuguesa. Further information from Dr Christine Joynes, Trinity College, Oxford OX1 3BH. Email:

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Meco Monthly Lecture. Ms Batool Al-Toma (formerly Mary Geraghty), Research Officer and Project Coordinator, Islamic Foundation, Leicester, and an English convert to Islam, will lecture on and lead a discussion entitled: 'British converts to Islam: problems and prospects'. Summertown Church Hall, corner Banbury & Portland Roads, North Oxford at 3 p.m., 13 Mar. Free admission. All welcome. Refreshments served. For further information, please call 01865 439805 or 01865 766032. Email:

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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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Cafe Zouk

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

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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. Web site:

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Services Offered

Franklins Solicitors. We have recently recruited an experienced employment lawyer from a well-known London practice. Contact Sarah Escritt for advice on all aspects of the employment relationship. Our family law team is led by Peter Devlin, who is a Deputy District Judge and member of the Solicitors Family Law Association. We also deal with wills, trust, probate, residential, and commercial conveyancing. Contact details: 15 Ock Street, Abingdon, OX14 5AN. Tel.: 01235 553222.

Marshall & Galpin Solicitors, Family Department. We are an established Oxfordshire private client firm with offices in Oxford, Thame and Abingdon. We have six 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 Resolution (formerly The Solicitors Family Law Association). One of our team members is a Deputy District Judge and two are trained mediators. We offer a range of competitive rates and a short free initial interview. French, Spanish and Italian spoken. Other services provided by the firm include property adviceconveyancing, wills & probate, personal injury & medical negligence, employment and businesscommercial. For further information visit our web site at: or contact Mark Phillips on 01865 792300 (Oxford), Simon Bassett on 01235 555345 (Abingdon), James Stonham 01844 261966 (Thame).

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).

Oxford Literary Consultancy. Manuscript assessment. Editorial guidance. Publishing advice. For beginners and experienced writers. For fees and services, visit our website: Tel.: 01865 725786.

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.

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases and wardrobes etc. made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call 01865 721707 (evening) or 07961 444957 (daytime). Email:

Secretarial service offered. All word-processing services offered, including manuscripts, journals, books, theses, CVs, correspondence, leaflets, brochures and other DTP. Plus audio & digital transcription undertaken. Professional and reliable service guaranteed. Fourteen years experience including working in academic and medical establishments. Reasonable rates which include stationery and postage. Work can be posted, faxed or e-mailed. For more information you can email me at or telephone 01639 823974.

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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

Piano lessons. Experienced teacher; adults and children; all grades. Beginners welcome. Contact Miss P. Read, BA (Hons) L.R.A.M. (Near Kidlington, Oxford). Tel.: 01865 331147.

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Situations Vacant

Graduate Students' Administrator. We wish to appoint an enthusiastic and efficient IT-literate individual to work with the Senior Tutor on administration of all student matters, for example admissions, induction, matriculation, examinations and graduation. Templeton is a postgraduate college with over 100 students. Salary will be within Templeton Scale 7/8 (£17,343–£22,734). The College is committed to equal opportunities. Visit for further details of the post available or contact us on 01865 422769 or

Are you good at research? Considering a career in writing? Independent publisher offers a fee and short-term publishing contracts to people with an interest in and knowledge of popular culture. Please apply by email with a writing sample to

Pembroke College requires an Assistant Steward. This friendly College is looking for a capable and enthusiastic team player to fill a key role in the busy Conference and Catering department. Working a 40-hour week of 5 days over 7, mostly in straight shifts with occasional flexibility to fit the needs of business, the successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 years' experience, ideally in a College environment, and must be able to work on their own initiative while deputising for the Steward in his absence. Salary: ca.£16,000 p.a. Benefits include 30 days annual holiday, pension scheme, and free meals on duty. Pembroke College is an equal opportunities employer. Closing date: 14 Mar. Further particulars are available from the Bursar's Secretary, Pembroke College, Oxford OX1. Tel.: 01865 276422. 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 web site at: and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or email us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533. Fax: 764777. Email:

Lovely 4-bedroom furnished town house in North Oxford. Would suit 4 n-s professional sharers or family. Redecorated, new g.c.h., double glazing. Bathroom, shower room, separate toilet. Fully-fitted modern kitchen with dishwasher. Washer/dryer, garden, one parking space. Convenient for city centre, A34/M40. £1,000 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 750375 (office hours).

Central Oxford. Modern four-bedroom town house in immaculate condition, situated in quiet Dale Close, overlooking the river, yet only 5-min. walk from city centre. Open plan sitting/dining room, study, fully-fitted kitchen with dishwasher, separate utility room with Miele washing machine, one bathroom and two shower-rooms, one en suite. Garage, small enclosed front courtyard. Unfurnished or partly furnished. Available 1 Apr. £1,400 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel./Fax: 01865 735343. Email:

Summertown. Two-bedroom Victorian house available Mar. to Aug. £1,600 p.c.m. incl. council tax and utilities, ideal for visiting academics. Ref.: 2506. Contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011.

Headington, Oxford. Fully furnished 3-bedroom semi-detached Victorian house available to let from July/Aug. for a year. Located in central Headington, close to all amenities and with a regular bus service to the centre, Summertown, London, and airports. More information and contact details at tm.

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Flats to Let

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 let in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large, light airy rooms: two lovely ground floor flats, fully furnished, each with large double bedroom, large single bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Flat 1 (recently refurbished to a high standard) is available at the end of March. Flat 2 is available now. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789092274.

North Oxford purpose built furnished one- and two-bedroom apartments in the centre of Summertown. One-bedroom flat (2nd floor) available early Apr. at £675 p.c.m.; two-bedroom flat (1st floor) available late Apr. at £795 p.c.m., both exclusive of utility and council tax where applicable. Best suited to n-s mature professionals or visiting academics. Located within easy reach to all local amenities, shops, restaurants, hospitals and University departments. Off-street parking available. Tel.: 01865 516144. Email:

Self-contained (apart from shared house entrance) one-bedroom flat with mod. cons. on second floor of house overlooking Port Meadow in Wolvercote. £695 p.c.m. inclusive, excl. telephone and internet connection. Convenient for University and Oxford city, with rural surroundings. Parking, cycling and/or bus ride 15 min. to city centre. Immediately available for six months. Suitable for one person (academic or professional). References required. Email

Modern furnished two-bedroom apartment over two floors of a purpose-built block in central North Oxford. Double bedroom with wall of wardrobes, single bedroom with built-in closet, bathroom with shower, kitchen with washer/dryer, fridge/freezer and dishwasher, living room. Lock-up garage, use of large communal garden. Available to non-smokers from mid-Apr. £850 p.c.m. Email:

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rent 1-bedroom flat in wing of amazing 18th century Kirtlington Park manor house just outside Oxford city. May–July, £650 p.c.m. Fully furnished, fireplace, washer/dryer, kitchen. Quiet, glorious grounds, near to polo, golf, wonderful village pub. Bus stop to central Oxford by front gate. Unmissable. Stunning: nues/detail.asp?venue=3287. Contact Paige Newmark, Lincoln College, or ring 01869 351 666. Email:

Jericho. Apartment to let within walking distance of the city centre, available now. £650 p.c.m. Ref.: 2421. Contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011.

North Oxford . Self-contained partly furnished one-bedroom ground floor flat with garden. Sitting room, kitchen, bathroom. G.c.h. Quiet location. Off-road parking. Non-smokers only, no pets, no children. References required. Available immediately. £700 p.c.m. Tel.: 01993 811009.

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Vacation Let

Traditional Cotswold family house in the historic centre of Eynsham, pretty and functioning village 6 miles from Oxford. Four bedrooms, 3 reception rooms (2 with open hearths, the third with wood-burning stove), study with internet connection, kitchen, dining room, utility room, garden. Renovated to high standard with all mod. cons. Excellent 24 hr bus service to Oxford. Available mid-July to end of Aug. Perfect for visiting academic family. Tel.: 01865 483951 (work); 01865 880142 (home). Email:

Summertown. Light, spacious detached Victorian house. Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, lovely large family kitchen, garden and patio. Easy access to city centre (1 ½ miles). Available 6 Aug. to 27 Aug. £550 p.w. Email: Tel.: 01865 514080.

North Oxford . Edwardian family house to let 30 July to 27 Aug. £2,000 whole period. Light, spacious, overlooking leafy college playing fields. Excellent access to city centre, colleges, river, shops, cinemas etc. Four bedrooms (sleeps up to 8), book-lined study, large sitting room, 3 bathrooms with power showers etc., large kitchen with Aga. TV, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer etc. Front and rear gardens with big trampoline, off-street parking. Tel.: 01865 512397. Email:

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Accommodation Offered

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

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.

Keep your independence with support at Brian Lewis House, Oxford. En suite rooms for nine elderly residents, lovely garden, situated near the city centre, with good bus connections. The House has a resident House Manager and friendly, supportive staff. Four- day or longer respite care breaks sometimes available. For details contact the Administrator on 01865 790439 or

Summertown. Large furnished bed-sitter, kitchenette, bathroom, in self-contained area on second floor of family house. Viewing after 7 Apr. C.h., telephone. Rent incl. all bills, except telephone and hot-water heater. Reduced rent for one quiet, non- smoking, long-term tenant (over one year). Yearly contract and references required. Suitable for one person only. Write to Dr S. L. Altmann, Brasenose College, Oxford OX1 4AJ or email

Single sunny room available to let in peaceful house, sharing with two others. Two living rooms, open fire, wooden floors, lovely garden, views over South Park, broadband. Easy access to city centre and bus to London. £280 p.c.m. (excl.). Call Ania on 07966 109412 or 01865 251634.

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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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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. Web site: E-mail:

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Accommodation Sought

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

Sabbatical? Need peace and quiet? House exchange offered. My cottage is on the West coast of Ireland, quiet but not too remote, between The Burren and the sea. Piano. One cat. Perfect for creative endeavour (I have fourteen published books as proof). I would like to spend a minimum of six months in Oxford (North preferred), beginning any time after June. Phone 00353 91 637501.

Home exchange: Kapiti Coast, New Zealand. Exchange sought by couple for sabbatical leave in Oxford area, Jan.–July 2006. Beach front, modern home within one hour's access of Wellington (by car or train) and Palmerston north (by car). Three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, study, three large living areas, plus outdoor living spaces. Willing to negotiate car swap. Contact Annette Beasley:

Home exchange. Loenen aan de Vecht/Loodsrecht, Holland. Exchange (Oxford region) sought by retired academic couple (physicist/linguist), Aug. 2005–Aug. 2006 or part. Bungalow situated at lake (swimming, fishing). C.h., fireplace, parking 2 cars, large garden, 2 terraces, greenhouse, 3 bedrooms/5 persons., no smoking. Bicycles available, public transport. Easy reach Amsterdam, Utrecht universities. Sailing, forests, moors in vicinity. Local contact: Dr L. Snoek. Tel.: 01865 728526. Email:

Quiet woman academic visitor (non-smoker, US law professor) seeks single accommodation to rent 1 July–15 Aug. within 30 min. walk of central Oxford (Carfax). Tub bath and use of kitchen strongly preferred. Willing to care for plants and/or cats in exchange for discounted rent. References from Oxford colleagues available. Email: or phone 001- 404-727-3335.

Academic family with two school children is looking for 3-bed house to rent long-term in Jericho area, from asap, for around £1,300 p.c.m. Non-smokers. References available. Please contact Tel.: 01865 559247.

German girl (16) would like to stay with an Oxford(shire) family for one year from Sept. Janne is intelligent, fun-loving, and very mature for her age. Ideal family would have other children of school age; Janne herself will be attending school locally as a year-abroad-student. Potential exists for host family children to spend time with Janne's family in return. Please contact Karen on 07740 857097 or

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Holiday Lets

Tuscany. Holiday house and cottage to let. Superb scenic setting near mountains. Florence, Arezzo, Siena, and many more amazing places in easy reach. Ideal for walking, sightseeing, swimming, cycling, museums and galleries, enjoying wonderful Tuscan food and wine. Can accommodate from 2 to 15 people. Air conditioning, large garden with BBQ. Very reasonable prices. Details and photos at (no 'www'). Email: Tel.: 020 8699 8883.

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.

Tuscany. Small traditional farmhouse in Chianti, 15 min. from Siena, set in olive groves on hill side overlooking unspoilt valley; beautiful view of Siena's skyline. Sleeps up to 6; simply but decently equipped; car essential. Small pool and idyllic surroundings. for photos and rates. Email:

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, Montpellier, 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:

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

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.

Asolo. Situated on the hills between the Dolomites and Venice in one of Italy's most beautiful medieval towns (Robert Browning's second home), a comfortable flat available for 1–5-week stays. Peaceful country location, wonderful views. Spacious living room, fully-equipped kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, balconies. Sleeps 4–5. Dishwasher, washing machine. Telephone and internet connection. Home-cooked meals on request. Digital photos available. £500 p.w. Contact:

Tuscany. Family-owned wine estate, producing highly recognised wines, olive oil, and cheese. Offers ancient farmhouse and apartments accommodating 2 up to 12+. Secluded rural setting, 30 min. to central Florence. Contact: Tel/Fax (0039) 055 824 9120. Email:

Lot, South West France. Restored barn to let. Sleeps 6. All amenities. Quiet peaceful location, a short distance from river with stunning scenery, canoeing, etc. Also many caves nearby with Neolithic wall paintings, underground lake, etc. Swimming pool complex less than 1 km from house in open country location. Small, busy but picturesque medieval town approx. 5 miles away. Tel. 01865 241531 or email

Shropshire Lakeland, Ellesmere. Comfortable modern house, sleeps 6 (double with en suite, twin-bedded and bunk-bedded rooms), pleasant garden, quiet location, market town with local shops, restaurants and pubs. Access to The Mere across the lane. Good for families, excellent walking, bird watching. Ideal location for reading, rest, and reflection. Easy distance from Chester, Shrewsbury, Ironbridge, The Potteries, North Wales, and many attractions. £35 per night. Please contact Mr and Mrs Hutchings on 01244 347345. Email:

Brittany. Stonebuilt farmhouse in peaceful hamlet in the 'Montagnes Noires' hills, 20 miles east of Quimper. Recently modernised, sleeps up to 7 people in 3 large bedrooms. Garden and several acres of meadow and woodland. From £195 p.w. Phone Simon Gush on 01303 840764 for further information and photos.

Barga, Tuscany. Charming 2-bed, 2-bath cottage (sleeps 4) in hills overlooking Garfagnana valley and Carara mountains, with panoramic views and surrounded by vines and olives. Five min. 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 please contact Mrs J. Collett on 01672 541147 or email

Tuscany. A handpicked selection of holiday accommodation in Tuscany, including luxury villas with staff, medieval castles surrounded by estate vineyards, beautiful farmhouses with private pools and pretty country apartments set amongst some of the most stunning scenery in Italy.

Discover unspoilt Slovakia. Timber cottage deep in a sleepy, 'end of the road' forest village. Over 40% of Slovakia is forest, more than Switzerland or Norway. The wildlife is rich enough to sustain several hundred wolves, bears, and eagles. But there is more to Slovakia than forests. Medieval towns and fortifications on the UNESCO World Heritage list, spas once visited by royalty, new leisure centres, tennis courts, swimming pools...

South West France. Eighteenth-century farmhouse near Duras; quiet, lovely views, set amidst vineyards and woods. Bicycles, excellent walking, beautiful 15m pool (non-chlorinated), 2 terraces, sleeps 6. Well-equipped, large barn with ping pong etc. Some availability in the summer. Autumn generally warm, and good for swimming. Very reasonable rates from Oct., and for longer lets. Tel.: 01865 553685. Email:

Tuscany, Siena area. Villa Bellosguardo and/or its guesthouse are luxury accommodations in a quiet and secluded place, inside a gorgeous garden. Park, pools, huge panoramic terrace. All facilities and appliances. Personal services for your unforgettable vacation. Contact: Tel: 0039 3287133951.

Tuscan hills. In superb situation near Siena. Our restored farmhouse standing amidst its own olives and vineyard. Spectacular hill and forest views. Walking, art, food and wine abundant. Easy access to cities. Very peaceful with full services (but no pool). Sleeps up to 8. Reasonable rates. Tel./Fax: 0039 0577963123 (English spoken). Email:

Italy. A large selection of beautiful accommodations, including villas, nicest farm holidays, residences and apartments in Tuscany, Umbria, Sicily, Sardinia, Amalfi Coast, Apulia, Cinque Terre, Rome, Florence, Naples, Venice. Also many optional services for a real personalized vacation. Website: Contact: or 0039 3287133951.

Southwest France, between Albi and the medieval bastide town of Cordes. Lovely 100-year old stone farmhouse on edge of village in the Tarn's 'Golden Triangle'. Six-acre grounds, 15 m. swimming pool, set amid sunflower fields and vineyards. Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, large well-equipped kitchen, separate wc/utility room. Sleeps eight. Fully serviced. Several airports within easy reach. Call 0033 563 561 885 or email for details.

Sardinia, Costa Smeralda, Italy. Tasteful villa in rural village of San Pantaleo on the North Eastern coast of Sardinia, suitable for 2–6 people. Beautiful mountain views over the Roche Sarde from house and garden. Three 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. 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). See Email: Tel.: 0039 078965413.

South of France. Eighteenth-century stone farmhouse and gite in the Languedoc/Aveyron hills, restored by artists. Spectacular views, wonderful walks and wildlife, safe river bathing, completely peaceful. Easy drives to the Gorges du Tarn, Albi, Lac du Salagou, Montpellier and the Mediterranean. Farmhouse (sleeps 10) from £350 p.w.; gite (sleeps 4) from £250 p.w. Visit for details and photos, or contact 01865 244619 or

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Houses for Sale

Three-bedroom semi-detached 1930s house in North Oxford/Upper Wolvercote. Excellent condition. All village amenities, frequent bus to Oxford centre (10 min.), rural walks. Three bedrooms, 2 reception, large kitchen with wine storage, loft conversion potential, double-glazing, g.c.h. Off-road parking, organic kitchen garden incl. shed, greenhouse, asparagus bed, fruit trees, flower borders. £320,000/offer. Due to relocation abroad. Email: or please contact our agent on 01865 311522.

Retirement bungalow in 22 acres of parkland at Oaken Holt, Farmoor, backing onto Wytham Woods (setting for TV series 'Waiting for God'). Two bedrooms, 18- foot living room with dining alcove, fully-fitted kitchen with built-in fan oven and hob, conservatory. Communal lounge, laundry and guest flat, 24-hour alarm system. Weekly minibus to shops. Lunch available daily. Offers in the region of £170,000. Tel.: 01865 864802.

Three-bedroom semi-detached house with good-sized garden in south Oxford. Three bedrooms, sitting room, large kitchen, utility room/glassed veranda, bathroom and separate toilet downstairs. G.c.h. Off-street parking. Scope for development. Architect's plans available by agreement. Vacant possession July. £190,000/offer. Email: Tel.: 01865 721059. n

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