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Oxford University Gazette, 24 February 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:

Wed., 2 Mar., 10.30 a.m. A coffee morning and a bring-and-buy sale will be held in the Club Room. There will be stalls selling home-made 'goodies', gifts, etc. All newcomers, husbands, partners, children, neighbours and friends are welcome. Please bring your contribution to the Club Room at 2.30 p.m. on Tues., 1 Mar., or on the day.

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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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'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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Oxford Leadership Prize Competition

The Oxford Leadership Prize: 'Will the 21st century require new models of leadership?' Prize: £3,500. Two further awards of £1,000 for highly commended entrants. Closing dates: Fri., 11 Mar. (registration) / Fri., 20 May (submission). Sponsored by the University's Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme. Are you under 30 and connected to the University? Whatever your field, interests or experience, do you have innovative ideas about leadership? Can you make your case effectively—both in the format of your choice and in person—to distinguished leaders, thinkers and practitioners in the field? Would you like to enter? For full details and registration form, please email Dr Marshall Young: oxford.leadership.prize@templeto

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Christ at Work: 3 March, 'The cure of one soul', Revd Michael Brierely (Bishop's Chaplain); 10 March, 'Fighting the good (and sometimes the not-so- good)', Fr Nick Gosnell CF (Army Chaplain); 17 March, 'The nun's priest's tale', Revd Lister Tonge (Convent Chaplain).The talks 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. 1 Mar., '1 Corinthians 13', Fr Gerard Hughes, Jesuit priest and author; 8 Mar., 'An Islamic perspective on love', Dr Ataullah Siddique, Director of the Markfield Institute of Higher Education; 15 Mar., 'Love and charity', Rt Revd Prof Stephen Sykes, Honorary Bishop of Durham and Principal of St John's College, Durham. The talks will be held at St Giles' Church, Oxford, at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

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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.

Original drawings by Anning Bell, Belcher, H.M. & C.E. Brock, Cleaver, Cowham, Du Maurier, Furniss, Greiffenhagen, Hassall, Jacomb-Hood, Low, Partridge, Raven-Hill, W. Heath Robinson, Sambourne, Sullivan, Tonsend, J. Walter West, Caton Woodville. Many for Punch, some for the Titmarsh Club and editions of Thackeray. Also fine prints and books. Online at A paper catalogue is available. Tel.: 01635 201825.

Books bought. Antiquarian and rare books in Science and Mathematics bought. We are particularly interested in seventeenth century works in the Mathematical Sciences (incl. Astronomy and Natural Philosophy), and rare twentieth century works in the Physical Sciences. Contact Huxley Scientific Books on 01865 779226 or email

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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.

Elsfield Editorial. Professional editing, proof-reading, writing, design and critique services for your web page, business, or academic and creative works. More than 25 years' experience as an author, journalist and page designer for publications such as the FT, the Observer, and The Economist.Make your newsletter stand out; your magazine and newspaper submissions punchy and professional; your thesis polished and easy to read. For a quote, telephone 01865 358727.

Odd jobs and property maintenance. For general property maintenance - repairs, decorating, shelving, cupboards, light building work, and odd jobs etc. Phone Anthony Swift on 01865 762576. Excellent references.

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases and wardrobes etc. made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call 01865 721707 (evening) or 07961 444597 (daytime). Email:

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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.

French tuition offered. Well-qualified, experienced tutor to GCSE and advanced levels; also to business executives and adult learners for leisure purposes. Beginners welcome. Contact Rosemary Bate (MA Hons., M.Sc.) on 01865 513386. Email:

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Situations Vacant

Christ Church College, Oxford, seeks to appoint a Statutory Maintenance and Records Assistant. The duties of this post in the Clerk of Works' Department include testing and checking safety-critical plant, machinery and processes, and keeping detailed auditable records. Experience of safe work practices in an industrial/engineering environment, and of computer software, good physical fitness, and a methodical approach are all requirements of the job. Benefits include a salary of £15,000, membership of the University Staff Pension scheme, and free meals while on duty. Further particulars and application form from The Treasurer's Administrator, Christ Church, Oxford OX1 1DP. Tel.: 01865 276178.

Au pair required, Apr.–mid-July. After-school care for 7- and 5-year-old. Medical professor's family in Central North Oxford. Preferably over 21 with some child care experience. Mother speaks good French. Might suit postgraduate. Tel. 01865 512714.

Au pair wanted, native English speaker, for Italian family based in Rome to help look after two girls aged 3 and 6 years, June-Aug. It is anticipated that June will be spent on the coast and July/Aug. in the mountains. Salary: 80 euros p.w. Good opportunity for someone interested in Italian life/language. For further details, please email

Shop Manager, St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford. Excellent management and presentational flair with IT skills required. Twenty hours p.w., some weekend work. Salary: £9 p.h. Contact The Vicar, University Church, High Street, OX1 4AH. Email: Tel.: 01865 279111.

Caretaker required for much visited, central Oxford church. Involves cleaning, general maintenance, as well as setting up for concerts, meetings, and some gardening. Must be independent, reliable, and responsible. Pleasant working environment. Salary: £13,000 p.a. Contact The University Church, High Street, OX1 4AH. Email: Tel.: 01865 279111.

Medical editor required to manage editorial office for Oxford-based Editor-in-chief of an international specialist medical journal. The work includes coordinating peer-reviewing, copy-editing and liaising with publishers. Part-time (up to 20 hours p.w.). Deadline: 4 Mar. Please contact Dr J. V. Byrne on 01865 224159 or 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).

Summertown, Oxford. Four-bedroom terrace house with garden and all facilities available to let for up to 12 months from Aug. Close to bus routes, 1.5 miles from city centre, colleges, science area, and close to local schools and shops. Ideal for visiting academics with family. Will consider sharer lets. For further details contact Alison Madden on

North Oxford . Spacious family house in favoured location. Large south-facing kitchen, sitting room, 5 bedrooms, long garden, own parking. G.c.h. Available now for min. 6 months, or longer. Tel.: 01865 279519 or 01865 790640.

Iffley Village. Four-bedroom town house available from 1 Apr. for short or long term. Lounge, kitchen, diner, 2 ½ bathrooms, garage. Spacious house in sought-after location. Two miles from city centre. Convenient bus routes. Tel. 07768 712534. Email:

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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.

Summertown. Furnished, self-contained ground floor flat in detached house in quiet cul-de-sac, available immediately. Double bedroom, sitting room, kitchen, bathroom. Shared use of gardens, parking space. £500 p.c.m., plus bills. Tel.: 01865 516491. Email:

Off the Iffley Road. Self-contained furnished basement flat. One bedroom, bathroom, living room for single person. £550 p.c.m. plus council tax and electricity. Tel. 01865 726124 (weekends) or 07967 353950 (mobile).

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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:

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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:

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.

Quiet, sunny furnished room in student shared house with three Oxford postgraduates, located on non-through street off St. Clement's, 50 metres from London and airport coach stops, close to shops. New furnishings and bath, in very good condition; microwave, washer, dryer; cordless landline phone, broadband internet; fenced patio/garden. Available early Mar. £320 p.c.m. plus c.£20 p.c.m. utilities. Email: Tel.: 01865 200707 or 07909 823952 (mobile).

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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.

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:

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.

Postdoctoral visitor (male non-smoker) seeks furnished accommodation in (or near) Oxford, from 1 Mar. for a period of five months. Please contact or email local contact:

Professional family of four (2 adults, 2 children) require house with 3-4 bedrooms within walking distance of Summertown from July/Aug. for one year. Please contact Elaine or Robert. Tel.: 01491 628814. Email:

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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:

Naples, Florida: rent our beautiful 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house, on the Gulf Coast, in southwest Florida. This spacious home is located on one of the best private golf courses in the area. The house sleeps up to 8 people, has a huge south-facing heated swimming pool, and comes fully furnished and equipped. The house is available all year round from £800 p.w. (minimum 2-week let, discount for longer lets), Tel. Mark on: 07802 754154. E-mail: Web site:

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:

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:

Cévennes: Ardèche/Gard/Lozère borders. Two spacious, recently refurbished apartments in stone Cevenol 'mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozère National Park. Set at about 1,000 ft, in over 2 acres of mature gardens and trees, the house is on the edge of a very quiet hamlet, near a village with shops. Dramatic mountain scenery, with attractive river-swimming, though Uzes, Nîmes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, Montpellier, Southern Rhône vineyards, and Gorges du Tarn are all within easy reach. Easy access via TGV or cheap flights. The larger flat has a vine-covered terrace, adjoining modern kitchen, salon, 3 double bedrooms (sleeps 8+), bathroom and 2 shower-rooms. The second, smaller flat has a large living area, shower-room, a cool covered terrace, and two bedrooms (sleeps 4 or 5). Though entirely separate from the larger flat—and available separately—this may be of particular interest to two families who enjoy holidays together but appreciate privacy and independence. Non-smokers only. Full c.h. available for autumn and winter lets. Prices from £245 p.w. Please contact 01527 541360.

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.

Gozo. Charming Mediterranean island. Superb views from our comfortable villa with pool, suitable for families of up to six. Rates are £800 p.w. in high season, other rates by application. For full colour photos and more details, ring 01367 240049 or see

Mousehole, Cornwall. Dylan Thomas called Mousehole the most beautiful village in England. We have two attractive little harbourside cottages to let, each sleeping four. They are only 40 yards from each other—two families often come together. Sandy beaches inside, rocky pool outside the harbour walls; fishing is allowed off the quays. From £275–£460 p.w. Winter: £185 p.w. Car parking (paying) adjacent. Contact Mrs Dancy on 01736 7311377 or see

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.

Tuscany, near Bagni di Lucca. Farmhouse, sleeps 8 in 4 double bedrooms, own 15m pool. Wonderful position on a hillside surrounded by fields. Pisa airport 1 hour, Florence about 1 ½ hours, beach 1 hour. For more information contact Sarah Briant on 01869 331566.

N. Spain, Picos de Europa. Very comfortable, spacious and well equipped self-catering apartments for 2 people. Twin bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/living/dining area. Private terrace or balcony with magnificent views. Perfect walking, bird-watching, wildflowers. Phone Suzanne Strevens (0034) 942 735102, email or see details on

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.

French Pyrenees. Two traditional stone houses, at 850 m with wonderful views (Chateau de Montsegur), ideal for walking and relaxing. All facilities included for £170'£300 p.w., depending on numbers. We are 1 ¼ hours from Carcassone. Please tel.: 00 33 561013046, for photographs and more information.

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

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...

Italy, Venice. Charming apartment, fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, can sleep 5. Just in the centre, S. Samuele public transport stop. £650 p.w. Contact:

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:

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.

Mount Tavy Cottage, Tavistock, Devon. B&B and self-catering apartments. A 250-year-old former gardener's cottage set in 10 acres of land, which includes a lake, organic walled garden, cider orchard and bee hives. Located only 10 min. walk away from the boundary of Dartmoor National Park and the picturesque town centre of Tavistock. One hour away from the Eden Project and Cornish beaches. Tel.: 01822 614253.

Greece. House in Peloponnese. Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. Two bathrooms. Spacious terraces. View over bay and countryside. Very well equipped. Own garden. Swimming pool and tennis court close by. Village and beach 1 km. Good fish tavernas. Epidavros, Mycanae, and Nauplia within easy driving distance. £300 p.w. Tel.: 01865 243641 Email:

Available all year round: lovely converted farmhouse in Normandy, near Pont L'Eveque, 25 km from coast (Deauville, Honfleur). Very peaceful, in grounds of 17th century chateau, with safe, enclosed garden. Sleeps 8; 2 bathrooms. Fully equipped, dishwasher, washing machine. Fireplace-wood provided, good piano, table tennis. £520 p.w. l.s./£670 h.s. Linen included. Longer lets welcome. Email: Tel.: 0033 231 636063.

Sea breezes in Andalucia. Comfortable modern flat with balcony sea- view near Estepona, one hour west of Malaga airport. Sleeps up to 4. Two bedrooms, (double bed and 1 or 2 singles) with balconies and 2 bathrooms. Fully-equipped kitchen, large living/dining-room. Communal swimming-pool. Easy access Marbella, Casares, Selwo wildlife park, equestrian centre, dolphin spotting. Within reach of Jerez, Sevilla, Cadiz. From £250 p.w. Available from 8 Apr. Tel.: 01865 553912. Email:

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Houses for Sale

Detached house, integral garage, close to Matthew Arnold School, Cumnor. Built 1959, refurbished and extended by Oxford Architects' Partnership with Kingerlee Builders late 1980s. Versatile accommodation: 3 (easily 4) bedrooms, large lounge, dining room, well-equipped kitchen/breakfast, 2 bathrooms, utility/shower, cloakroom. Built- in bookcases, spacious storage. Secluded S.E. rear garden, semi-woodland. Ample front drive parking. Solar panels. Offers around £399,000. Appointment 01865 864450 or 07813 502491.

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.

Tuscany. One-bedroom, 13th century stone house on three floors in pretty hilltop village on the edge of Chianti. Kitchen, bathroom with shower, large living room with open fireplace, mezzanine floor with double bedroom. Beams and terracotta floors. Adjacent large basement. Stunning views all around the village. Twenty minutes to Siena, close to hot thermal spas. Price €125,000 (approx. £86,000). Email info@rent-a-villa-in- Tel.: 0039 329 7441024.

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