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Oxford University Gazette, 17 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: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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Mayneord Phillips Summer School

The Mayneord Phillips Summer School will be held at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, from Sat., 3 July to Fri., 8 July, and will explore the rapidly emerging field of 'Ultrasound and Other Minimally Invasive Therapies'. The course is fully residential and will be given at postgraduate level. The faculty includes distinguished clinicians, medical physicists, and engineers from around the world. For further details, please contact valberry@utlltd.com or visit www.m-pss.org.

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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: schoolsec@summerfields.org.uk.

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Volunteers Needed

We are studying links between diet and heart disease. Would you like to take part in our studies on diet and blood fats? If you are healthy and above 18 years, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Mary Chong at OCDEM, The Churchill Hospital, on 01865 857262 or email enquiries@oxlip.ox.ac.uk.

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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: www.alangordon-health.co.uk.

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Services Offered

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

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.

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

Jeanne Bliss. Landscape designer and lecturer, Oxford and California. Gardens, large and small, designed, planted and pruned with shrubs, climbers, perennial plants. Please telephone for leaflet. Tel.: 01865 515379. Email: jeannebliss@yahoo.com.

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Domestic Services

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

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Situations Vacant

Assistant Translator, St Aldate's, Oxford. Competitive salary & benefits. We are a long-established firm of Chartered Patent Agents with offices in London, Brighton, Oxford and Munich. We are seeking to employ an Assistant Translator of German and French. The successful candidate will work alongside the Translations Manager in our Oxford office. The job involves translating scientific, technical, legal, commercial, and general documents from German or French into English. Therefore the successful candidate will require a degree or equivalent qualification in German and French as well as an excellent grasp of grammar and attention to detail. A meticulous and thorough approach will be required in addition to the ability to work fast to meet sometimes very short deadlines. Previous relevant experience or a technical or scientific background will be advantageous, although not essential. Familiarity with Microsoft Word is preferable, but training can be given if necessary. Salary will be according to age and experience. Hours are negotiable. Benefits include bonus, contributory pension scheme, life assurance, private medical insurance, PHI, subsidised health club membership. Please send your CV with a covering letter by email, fax, or post to: Miss Jane Jolly, HR and Administration Manager, Frank B. Dehn & Co., 179 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4EL. Email: janej@frankbdehn.com. Fax: 020 7206 0704.

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Houses to Let

An Englishman's home is his castle—so the saying goes. We cannot pretend that we have too many castles on offer but if you are seeking quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area we may be able to help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel, and other professionals. Our aim is to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit our web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or email us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533. Fax: 764777. Email: info@qbman.co.uk.

Charlbury. Newly renovated 2-bedroom bungalow in central Charlbury available now, unfurnished or partly furnished. Very quiet location, but close to shops, buses and mainline railway station. New g.c.h.; fully rewired and redecorated; new carpets throughout. Spacious deck at rear, with lovely views over the town to Wychwood Forest. Long let to careful tenant(s) preferred. Unsuitable for young children or pets. £650 p.c.m., plus bills. Tel.: 01608 810571. Email: j.milsom@lineone.net.

Jericho, Walton Cr. Family house in ideal central Oxford location available mid-Apr.–July/Aug. Large kitchen/dining/lounge area, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully equipped (cot available), garden. £1,000 p.c.m. or house swap in Edinburgh. Tel. 01865 510558. Email: lmason@maths.ox.ac.uk.

St Margarets Road. Five-bedroom Victorian family house in this most sought after road. Available Apr. £3,250 p.c.m. Ref.: 3031. Contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011. www.finders.co.uk.

Furnished modern semi. Excellent condition, ideal for academic or professional couple, end Mar. for up to a year. Two good-sized bedrooms (one en suite), study/cot room, living room, fitted kitchen/diner, cloaks. Neat garden, garage, parking space. Quiet road, 3 miles Oxford with direct bus close by. C.h., double glazing, all usual equipment. BT line and NTL broadband by agreement. No smoking. £750 p.c.m. excl. utilities. Email: chris@cprp.demon.co.uk. Tel.: 01865 559665 (evenings).

East Oxford. Four-bedroom Edwardian family house available six months from Sept. Quiet side road near hospitals and Oxford Brookes University. Modern kitchen and bathroom, beautiful south-facing garden. Suit family or professionals. £950 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 722737 or email george@ukhq.co.uk.

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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: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

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 wrldco@aol.com.

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: binney@thphys.ox.ac.uk.

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: http://www.hitched.co.uk/ve nues/detail.asp?venue=3287. Contact Paige Newmark, Lincoln College, or ring 01869 351 666. Email: paigenewmark@hotmail.com.

Summertown. First floor apartment situated in highly sought after location close to local amenities and with good access the city centre. Sitting room, kitchen, bathroom, double bedroom. Allocated off-street parking. Non-smoker. Available early Apr. £685 p.c.m. Tel.: 01367 244408. Email: coxwell1@tiscali.co.uk.

Norham Road. Two-bedroom apartment in this superb location, available Apr. £850 p.c.m. Ref.: 2985. Contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011. www.finders.co.uk.

Flat to let suitable for single person or couple. Available 15 Apr. City centre location: Gloucester Green with quiet aspect on second floor. One double bedroom open plan to sitting room, kitchen and separate bathroom. £700 p.c.m. in advance plus 2 months deposit. Please contact 07714 275159 for early viewing, or email hegartys@ntlworld.com.

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Vacation Let

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: dblee@btinternet.com. 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: mj@martinjennings.com.

Summertown, Oxford. Spacious 4-bedroom furnished house and garden available for rent from mid-July to mid-Sept. 1,5 miles to city centre. Good buses. Two min. from Summertown shops. Study. Broadband connection. Good rates offered for holiday period. For details, contact d18m01@yahoo.com.

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Accommodation Offered

Comfortable rooms in convenient North Oxford. Only £60 p.w. per person or £95 p.w. for two. Tel. 01865 511657. Email: coulsonm@btconnect.com.

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

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: eaton@norham23.freeserve.co.uk.

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 brianlewis@ukonline.co.uk.

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 simon.altmann@bnc.ox.ac.uk.

Summertown, Oxford. Comfortable fully-furnished single room for short or long stays in a brand new apartment. Continental breakfast provided. Evening meal can be arranged. Shared bathroom and lounge. Close to charming river walks and delightful Port Meadow. Close to bus stop. Street parking available. £400 p.c.m. incl. Deposit required. Tel.: 01865 553882 (3.30 p.m. ' 10.30 p.m.). Email: lilybulmer@hotmail.com.

Flatshare. Tenant sought for double room with large private bathroom in spacious penthouse flat in the Waterways, off Woodstock Road. Walking distance to Jericho and centre town. Modern, bright and fully equipped. Parking, gardens, overlooking the canal. Broadband. Available from mid-Apr. Flexible lease. Would suit young professional or academic n/s. £450 plus bills. 07710077843 (evenings) or email myflatinoxford@hotmail.com.

To share: a large, quiet apartment in central North Oxford. N-s. Large sunny bedroom, spacious sitting room, 2 toilets, bath and shower. TV, washer/dryer; ample storage. Off-street parking. Suitable for academic, professional or postgraduate student. May remain indefinitely. £375 p.m. plus share of utilities. Tel.: 01865 511555.

Furnished room in quiet house in Summertown area for non-smoking female: 330 cm x 360 cm with view of garden; self-catering with use of kitchen; bathroom with shower; washing machine. £320 p.m. (bills included except phone). Contact (evenings): 01865 557729.

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

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Accommodation Sought

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

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: waitoa@xtra.co.nz.

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: lavina.snoek@chemistry.ox.ac.uk.

Academic and lawyer with baby seek short-let or house-sit from mid- Apr. for two to four months. Excellent references. Will look after pets/plants/garden. Would need one bedroom with separate study or two bedrooms. Furnished or unfurnished. Will pay maximum of £1,100 p.c.m. incl. bills, or £900 excl. (depending on location, size of property, etc). Contact Flora on 07762104275 or flora@florapage.co.uk.

Italian associate professor would like to exchange his own flat in Florence (sleeps up to 4) with a two-bedroom flat (for 4 people) in Oxford from 25 June to 16 July. The flat has air-conditioning and is 5 min. walk from the Cathedral. Please write to Cristina Marchetti, Via Villamagna 90, 50126 Firenze, Italy. Email: cristinamarchetti2@virgilio.it.

Home exchange sought by n-s couple with two children and no pets for sabbatical leave in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (Mt. Lebanon or Scott Township), Jan.–July 2006. Our semi-detached Oxford home is 2 miles from city centre, close to bus stop. One double bedroom, two single bedrooms, one bathroom, wc, two living areas, kitchen, dining room. Garden. Willing to negotiate car swap. Contact: joy.rosenberg@ntlworld.com.

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Holiday Lets

Deepest SW France. Relax in one of our three privately owned luxuriously renovated farmhouses with large, secluded grounds in a stunning rural area. Generous facilities include en suite accommodation, own heated pool, satellite TV. Suitable for great holidays or sabbatical breaks for 6, 8 or 10. Contact Marion on 01865 554122 or email marion@hidden-sw- france.com. Further details on www.hidden-sw-france.com.

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 www.holidayislands.com. Email : thalpos@otenet.gr. Fax : +30 24240 23057.

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: sulpoggio@bcc.tin.it.

Old Tuscany. In gorgeous countryside, south-east of Siena. Two well- equipped apartments, in a medieval building with garden, facing west, on the edge of a charming village. Friendly bar, restaurant, shops etc. Good plumbing, soft water; original art, books, ceiling fans. Weekly cleaning. Flat A (sleeps 4): £350 p.w. Flat B (sleeps 2): £260 p.w. Flats A and B together: £525 p.w. Contact Gordon Neale on 01428 714363 or 07747 6663311 (mobile) or 0039 3331236091 (Italy). Email: uliviera@hotmail.com.

Tuscany, Italy. Charming 17th century farmhouse in unspoilt mountain village with magnificent views. Spacious accommodation, fully modernised with lovely garden and swimming pool. New Lucca; easy access to Pisa and Florence. Sleeps 8–10. Not available in Aug. Tel.: 0208 4464913. Email: stein@stein44.fsnet.co.uk.

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: IHutchings@aol.com.

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: ewtoucan@globalnet.co.uk.

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: info@tuscanyandworld.com. Tel: 0039 3287133951. www.villabellosguardo.com/eng/.

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: richfran1321@msn.com.

Gascony, south-west France. Rich in history, foie gras, and armagnac! Two self-catering holiday gites to rent. Sleep up to 4 and 6 people. Quiet, rural Le Vieux Presbytère in hamlet near market town Eauze. 1½ hours from airports at Pau and Toulouse. Gites, at end of owner's property, with fruit trees, vines and views to Pyrenees. Salt water pool for a completely relaxing stay. Prices from £300 p.w. Website: www.escapetogascony.com. Tel.: 0871 2220901. Email: wallacejones@escapetogascony.com.

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: http://www.tuscanyandworld.com/. Contact: info@tuscanyandworld.com 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 barrymsimpson@hotmail.com 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 http://www.sanpantaleo.co.uk. Email: margareta@sanpantaleo.co.uk. Tel.: 0039 078965413.

Devon at it's best. Stylishly converted small barn available for holiday let (sleeps 4). Very comfortably furnished and well equipped; use of games room, also outdoor pool from June onwards. Set in 13 acres of own land in secluded valley near River Tamar. Available during Apr., May, and first half of June, and again from Sept. from £315 p.w. www.pallastreet.co.uk. Contact Jeremy Smith on 01822 870682.

Portstewart, on North Ireland's north coast. Three-bedroom furnished semi-detached bungalow (sleeps 5). Ten min. walk to Portstewart sea front. Close to attractions such as the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills distillery. Available all year, from £180–£290 p.w. Tel.: 01865 863816. Email: RosemaryGFrame@aol.com.

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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: pamela.lear@ccc.ox.ac.uk 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.

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For Sale

2003 SAAB 9-5 Vector Estate, 2.0 litre petrol. 16,500 miles, silver, heated seats, parking assist., full service history, electric windows, warranty protection, immaculate condition. Tel.: 01235 206528. n



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