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Oxford University Gazette, 2 March 2006 : Advertisements


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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Club welcomes the wives, husbands and partners of visiting scholars, graduates and members of the University who are new to Oxford. It aims to offer help, advice and information, and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held at 13 Norham Gardens every Wednesday 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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Oxford v. Cambridge Boat Race

Sun., 2 April. Join the Oxford University Society to watch the 2006 Boat Race from 'the ultimate riverside venue', the Fulham Football Club at Craven Cottage. Fulham's new conference facilities offer plasma screen televisions for when the boats are out of sight, and outdoor space on the river for when they are in view. The afternoon will start with a 3-course meal and finish with the race at 4.30 p.m., all for only £50. Please contact events@ousoc.ox.ac.uk or 01865 288087 for details.

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Society for Graduates

Meetings are held on Fridays at 8 p.m. in the Okinaga Room, Wadham College, Parks Road. Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university are eligible for membership. Members: £5 per term. Visitors: £1.50 per meeting. 3 Mar., Grahame Lavis, 'The fate of the 'self' in post war fiction'; 10 Mar., George Lambrick, 'The Rollright Stones: an ancient monument in the modern world'. For more information, contact Anita Segar, President, on 01865 730574.

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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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Services Offered

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, broadsheet journalist and page designer for 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 or 07971 683377.

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 Rob Guthrie on 01993 868892 (evening) or 07961 444957 (daytime). Email: crholme@btinternet.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.

Domestic and commercial cleaning services: one-off, daily, weekly cleans. Uniformed cleaners; key holding service; full public liability insurance; pre-occupancy cleaning; carpet cleaning. Builders cleans; cleaning for letting agents and offices. Competitively priced. Commercial contracts. Tel.: 01865 513229. Mobile: 07958 780009. Email: info@splashclean.com. Website: www.splashclean.com.

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Situations Vacant

Finance Officer required for New College School, an independent Choir School in the city centre, for 25 hours p.w. AAT qualification preferred, or a similar level of experience. Salary: £19,093–£26,470 pro rata. Closing date: 7 Mar. Please contact The Principal, New College School, Savile Road, Oxford, OX1 3UA. Tel.: 01865 243657. Email: jo.asquith@new.ox.ac.uk.

Latin Teacher required from Sept. for New College School (Day Preparatory Choir School for boys aged 4–13 years), able to offer KS2 English. Closing date: 7 Mar. Please contact The Principal, New College School, Savile Road, Oxford OX1 3UA. Tel.: 01865 243657. Email: jo.asquith@new.ox.ac.uk.

Help wanted. Summertown. Female doctor recovering from hip operation seeks general help around the house: cleaning, shopping, etc. 6–9 hours p.w., £8 per hour. Please call 01865 501840.

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Houses to Let

An Englishman's home is his castle—so the saying goes. We cannot pretend that we have too many castles on offer but if you are seeking quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area we may be able to help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel, and other professionals. Our aim is to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit our website at 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.

Chipping Norton. Charming three- bedroom Victorian house available from Sept. 2006 for academic year. Easy access to Oxford, London, Stratford, and the Cotswolds. G.c.h. Off-street parking for two cars. Fine views. £650 p.c.m. Call 07717 220206 or email jane.griffiths@seh.ox.ac.uk.

Tinkerbell Cottage in Boars Hill, Oxford. Four miles from city centre. Charming terraced cottage with gardens and stunning countryside views. Double bedroom plus study with sleeping loft. Furnished, working fireplace, off-street parking, close to Oxford buses. Suit couple or single person. £850 p.c.m. incl. utilities, except phone. No pets. Please contact 01865 735305 or gil@loescher.freeserve.co.uk.

Wootton, near Woodstock. Delightful period cottage in pretty village. Living room with open fire. Kitchen with all mod. cons. Double bedroom. Large bathroom with bath and electric shower. Oil-fired c.h. Garden with apple tree. Workshop. Available late Mar. for 6 months/1 year. £650 p.c.m. (excl. council tax and utility bills). Contact Sally Stradling on 01993 812278/ mobile 0783 5091750. Email: sally.stradling@tiscali.co.uk.

Stunning 3-bedroom cottage in Forest Hill. Ideal village location with good links to M40 and Oxford. Two reception rooms, fully-fitted kitchen. Wood burning stove. Offered furnished. Small garden. £990 p.c.m. Available now. Please contact College & County on 01865 722277 or info@collegeandcounty.biz.

Available now for up to 6 months: newly refurbished three-storey town house in St Clements. Four bedrooms, 2 receptions, 2 bathrooms, fully-fitted kitchen. Offered part furnished with white goods. £1,750 p.c.m. inclusive of utilities. Please contact College & County on 01865 722277 or at info@collegeandcounty.biz.

Two properties: 1.) Fine Georgian grade II-listed house in central North Oxford. Unique street setting (North Parade). Four double bedrooms. Newly fitted kitchen. Conservatory, attractive small garden. £1,975 p.c.m. Available mid-Mar. 2.) Jericho house in quiet area to let to 4 sharers. Suit postgraduates or young professionals. Parking, garden with side access. Available July. £1,260 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 201717 or email oxhomes@aol.com.

Cumnor Hill. Hids Copse Road. Spacious 4-bedroom house. Unfurnished. G.c.h. Double garage. Large garden maintained. Swimming pool. Available shortly. Long let. £1,850 p.c.m. Contact Brooks Property Management on 01865 728597 or at elmsoxford@aol.com.

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Flats to Let

Recently built city centre one-bedroom apartment. Fully-fitted kitchen with all appliances including dishwasher. Double bedroom. Bathroom with spacious shower, bath and wc. Balcony. Available now at £795 p.c.m. For further details contact info@collegeandcounty.biz.

St Clements. Large bedroom flat over two floors to let. Good size living room with attractive fully-fitted kitchen/diner; intercom. Available end of June. £875 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 201717 or email oxhomes@aol.com.

Beckett Street. New Osney. Adjacent rail station and convenient for city centre. Much above standard one-bedroom flat as new. Furnished. C.h. Security for flat and car parking. Available now. £795 p.c.m. Contact Brooks Property Management on 01865 728597 or at elmsoxford@aol.com.

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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: admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk or visit our website at www.oxfordshortlets.co.uk.

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

College and County have a number of larger properties with full HMO status; ideal for college lets. If you are still looking for accommodation for the next academic year, please contact us at info@collegeandcounty.biz to discuss your accommodation requirements.

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.

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

House share with one other in comfortable Oxford house. All amenities, close to centre, low rent. Aug. 2006–July 2007. Ideal for single person or couple. Email: laura.rival@anthro.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 281834.

Academic visitors welcome for short or long stays (3–12 months) in friendly home of an academic. The house is located in East Oxford. Walking distance from the centre through the University Park. A small and a large furnished room with colour TV. Shared kitchen, washing machine and garden. Ample parking space in front of the house. £200–£300 p.m. Email: miriamoxford@yahoo.com.

Sunningwell. Quiet room in large house, country views, broadband. G.c.h. N-s. £425 p.c.m. incl. Four miles to city centre. Available 1 Mar. Tel.: 01865 735041.

Central North Oxford. Accommodation available (house sitting) for one month from Mar., while family is on academic visit to Los Angeles. Please contact Dr Yadvinder Malhi at ymalhi@ouce.ox.ac.uk.

Charming Edwardian family home in East Oxford. Easter: 31 Mar.-20 Apr., or summer: 7-28 Aug., sleeps 6+. River Thames 3 min., city centre 15 min. walk. Suitable for family, couple or single person who likes space. Garden summerhouse for quiet retreat. £600 for one week (extra days: £100 per day), £1,000 for two weeks, or £1,500 for three. Further details: gaby@oxford-transpersonal.co.uk or 01865 247851.

Short let (3–10 weeks) in North Oxford. Independent male graduate wanted to share quiet house facing Port Meadow. Shared kitchen. £60 p.w. incl. fuel. Tel.: 01865 515379.

Comfortable ground floor room overlooking lovely North Oxford garden in unique, spacious flat. Own entrance; en suite shower. Further study space available in garden cabin. Kitchen area and laundry as required. Would suit graduate, D.Phil student, visiting or oversees academic, or businessperson on regular assignment. Long lease (six months renewable) offered. N-s only. Available mid-Apr. References, please. Email: steph@peopleworld.freeserve.co.uk. Tel.: 01865 511276.

Couple or two professionals/postgraduate students required to house-sit our 5-bedroom house in Bainton Road, Oxford, with garden ending on Oxford Canal. Modest rent of £450 p.m. for period 22 Mar.–14 June. Looking after our house, post, and plants is essential, as well as references. No smoking, no pets, no small children. Tel.: 01865 558428.

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Office Accommodation

Commercial premises to let on flexible terms. Excellent self-contained ground-floor office on the Hanborough Business Park near to Oxford airport. A 5 min. walk from the railway station and only 10 min. by train from Oxford. 709 sq.ft. (66 sq.m.). Use of boardroom facility, three dedicated car parking spaces and additional parking. Newly decorated and carpeted. Tel.: 01865 201717 or email oxhomes@aol.com.

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Self-catering Apartments

Fully-furnished and serviced 3 and 4-star self- catering apartments available in North Oxford; 15 min. from Oxford city centre. Suitable for short lets for visiting academics or business people. From £330 p.w. all inclusive. Sleeps 2–5 people. Tel.: 07870 234725. Website: http://www.weeklyhome.com. Email: 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 email us: info@qbman.co.uk. Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Website at http://www.qbman.co.uk and see how we could be marketing your property.

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

Seeking apartment to rent. One or two bedrooms. Paris, XV arrondissement, Aug. 2006–July 2007. Possibility for house exchange in Oxford, UK. Email: laura.rival@anthro.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 281834.

Friendly n-s couple (University employee and Ph.D. student) require furnished 1- or 2-bedroom flat or house in Oxford from Apr./early May. Max. £800 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 242049. Email: janbachmann@gmx.de.

Sixteen-year-old French girl, living in Reunion Island (Indian Ocean), seeks accommodation in June and/or July 2006 with an English family, ideally with children of a similar age, to improve her spoken English. Violette is a mature, responsible and outgoing teenager, and she would be interested in either paying her board or else having an exchange with an English teenager. If interested, please contact her family directly on c.kels@wanadoo.fr.

Visiting Spanish researcher (2 children) offers apartment in Tenerife (Canary Islands) in exchange for Oxford accommodation from 1 July to 15 Sept. Two-bedroom duplex apartment in Las Caletillas, pool, next to sea and close to all facilities. Email: vmahtani@canarias.org. Tel.: 0034 922 243213.

Visiting mathematician with family (two small children) seeks furnished accommodation in Oxford; preferably two bedrooms plus small study, from 1 June for six months. Please contact erdmann@maths.ox.ac.uk.

Looking for lodger/tenant? I'm a 52-year old looking for lodgings in Summertown/North Oxford area. Sensitive to sharing kitchen/bathroom but would prefer to be self-contained in bed-sit or small flat within a house. As a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Registered Counsellor, I'm in the process of trying to establish a listening support service for patients within the Oxford NHS Trust hospitals. Please phone James on Oxford 513541. E-mail: james.boothxyz@btopenworld.com.

Cat-sitting situations wanted in 2006 in central Oxford by long-term University employee who adores cats. Can do Easter and other longer periods of a week or more. Excellent refs available from two cat-loving Oxford households. E-mail: linda.hunter1@ntlworld.com.

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Holiday Lets

Two pretty, isolated, old-fashioned Sussex cottages for rent by week or weekend. Open fires, polished floors, large studies, lots of books, unfitted kitchens. No TV, no telephone. Set in own organic farm with woods, valleys, river, and views of South Downs. University, OUP and College members only. Prices from £125. Email: haroldcarter@mac.com.

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: tagariello@libero.it.

S.W. France. Local airports: Perpignan, Carcassonne, Gerona, Barcelona. Restored house with character in beautiful, friendly Corbiere village ('fleurie awarded'). Five double bedrooms, (3 en suite), 2 living rooms, fully-equipped kitchen and laundry, large roof terrace. Swimming in local rivers and lakes, beaches 30 miles. Popular with hikers, birdwatchers, on/off cyclists. Available all year round. Call Tony Venables on 01865 790813 or email janevenab@aol.com.

Holm View, Papa Westray, Orkney. Comfortable self-catering cottage, in peaceful position near sandy beaches on this small friendly island. Seals, birds, archaeological sites, well-stocked shop nearby. Sleeps four (twin and double bedrooms, en suite shower rooms). Open plan sitting, dining areas, well-equipped kitchen. Strictly non-smoking. Inclusive weekly charges £160–£310; long winter lets possible. For photos and details see www.papawestray.co.uk. To book, please email tomhughes106752@aol.com or phone 01857 644211.

Greek island holidays. Local villa specialist offers private pool villas, cottages and apartments in magnificent settings in the unspoilt and picturesque Greek islands of Skopelos and Alonissos. Private pool villas from only £70 p.p./p.w. www.holidayislands.com. Email: thalpos@otenet.gr. Tel.: +30 24240 29036. Fax: +30 24240 23057.

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. TV/video/DVD. Sleeps eight. Fully serviced. Several airports within easy reach. Call 0033 563 561 885 or email barrymsimpson@hotmail.com for details.

Chateau guesthouse in Normandy: Le Castel, an 1850s petit chateau near Coutances. Set in four acres of gardens just 20 min. from the sea. All Normandy's sights easily accessible. Five en suite guest rooms, 3 with fire places, all furnished in period style. Rooms from €100 per night, including breakfast. Call Nicholas on 0033 233 170045 or see www.le-castel-normandy.com.

Provence at your feet. Well-equipped charming 17th-century stone house in quiet hamlet, 5 miles from beautiful mediaeval town of Uzès. Many facilities in surrounding area and good jumping-off place for exploring Nimes, Arles, Avignon, etc. Can accommodate 2 or 4 people plus 2 children. Details on www.campagnac-uzes.com, alternatively email stephenrose@aol.com or call 01245 420518.

Cévennes, Gard/Ardèche borders. Mediterranean climate, dramatic mountain scenery, superb walking/riding and attractive river-swimming. Roman Provence, Rhône vineyards, Gorges du Tarn – all within easy reach. Two spacious, newly refurbished and entirely independent apartments in stone Cevenol 'mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozère National Park. Available separately, but very suitable for two families wishing to holiday together yet retain independence. One, sleeping 8+, has a vine-covered terrace, adjoining modern kitchen; salon; 3 bedrooms, bathroom and 2 shower rooms; the other accommodates 5/6 in two bedrooms with a huge kitchen/living area, generous shower room and cool covered terrace. Set at about 1,000 ft, with large shady gardens, the house is in a quiet hamlet. Near a village with shops. Easy access via cheap flights to Nimes/Montpellier/Marseilles. N-s only, please. Full c.h. available for cooler months. Prices from £245 p.w. For further details please call 01527 541360.

Italy, Le Marche. Spacious 3-bedroom house in quiet location, 20 min. Urbino, 40 min. to sandy beaches. Sleeps 6 + 2. One large bathroom (worth waiting for), large sitting room and kitchen/dining room. Terrace with magnificent views and small garden area. C.h. Take own bed linen, hence only £200 p.w. Email: viv.pearson@pharm.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 271852 (work) or 01865 351754 (home) for photographs and further details.

Italy. 1.) Traditional stone villa on its own road in National Park; 5 miles N.-E. of Assisi. Gardens, superb views, wildlife, quiet. Kitchen/dining/sitting room; 2 double family bedrooms, large bathroom. Car essential. 2.) Lake Como. Apartment in village house closely overlooking lake. One double bedroom, sitting room, kitchenette, bathroom, open terrace; 25 min. from Como (city). For either let £350 p.w./£650 per fortnight. Tel.: 01865 768775. www.casellarosmarino.co.uk.

Catalonia. Well-appointed period house in the unspoilt village of Regencós (65 miles north-east of Barcelona). The house has two self-contained flats, one with double bedroom and twin bedroom, the other with double bedroom. Both flats have kitchen, bathroom and lounge/diner. Attractive roof garden with beautiful views. Six miles from superb beaches. Spanish maid visits every Sunday. £400 p.w.; £750 per fortnight; £1,400 per 4-week period. Tel.: 01993 810035. Email: charlesmould@btconnect.com.

Dordogne, 12 miles north of Bergerac. Two charming houses, 80 yards apart, in 22 acres, ensuring complete privacy. Farmhouse sleeps 8; converted barn sleeps 4/5. Can be let separately or together. Ideal for two families on a joint holiday. Peaceful rural location with spectacular views. Fully equipped. Superb 40 ft pool with terrace. Brochure, etc. Tel.: 01307 818376.

Pembrokeshire Cottage near Fishguard, 1 km from coast. Ideal for rambling, reading, and relaxing. Cosy, secluded cottage well situated for the coast path and inland walking routes. Accessible by public transport and 10 min. from shops, pubs, beaches. Stove, books, own garden. Children/dogs welcome. Sleeps 3+, caravan accommodation also available. Modest rates, especially in low season. For brochure please call 01348 872080 or email nchroustchoff@hotmail.com.

Algarve, Portugal. Delightful first-floor two-bedroom apartment in unspoilt Manta Rota near Tavira. Bright, airy sitting room, fully-equipped kitchen. Linen provided. Washing machine and dryer. Air conditioner/heaters. Satellite TV with UK channels. CD and DVD players. A few minutes' stroll from excellent beach. Great restaurants, cafés, shops, and bars. £200 p.w.–£350 p.w. Email: julian@jdgross.fsworld.co.uk or telephone 01865 769328.

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 1¼ hours from Carcassone. Please tel.: 00 33 5610 13046, for photographs and more information.

Change in owner's family plans has released some peak summer weeks in carefully converted farmhouse in South- West France (Tarn-et-Garonne). Tranquil but accessible. Accommodates six plus baby. Swimming pool and attractive outside sitting areas. Modern facilities and excellent local support. Barbecue, wood-burning stove and c.h. all available. Discounts negotiable for University members and longer lets. Details from and queries to harry.judge@bnc.ox.ac.uk.

Southwest France, Tarn et Garonne. Barou is a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom cottage with 11 m x 5 m pool, set in 2 acres. Seclusion and fine views of the valley, but just 1 km from all amenities at Montaigu de Quercy and close to small bastide towns and Cahors vineyards. Open and covered terraces, barbecue, well-equipped kitchen, washing machine and satellite TV. Call 01865 240740 or email peter_d@onetel.com.

Villa beside the sea in Croatia. Quiet position with stunning sea views. Several swimming coves nearby and lots of walking tracks. 1.5 hours north of Dubrovnik airport. Sleeps 8+. Sofas and cot; en suite bathrooms. Fully furnished plus washing machine and dishwasher, modern kitchen To be rented out per week from June to end Sept. http://www.kremena-villa.com. Mobile: 07792 527521.

Sun, snow and a special place to stay in Austria. Small, upmarket country hotel with award-winning cuisine close to downhill skiing or snowboarding at http://www.nassfeld.at/home.htm. 'Panorama tracks' for cross country skiing; guided snowshoe tours, or simple walking. Also available: in-house sauna and massage. Affordable flights with Ryanair.com (Stansted to Trieste) or with StyrianSpirit.com (Luton to Klagenfurt). Seven day package including DB&B, 6-day ski pass, shoe/ski hire, and transfer from Trieste or Klagenfurt airports from £550 p.p. (children from £350 p.p. incl. ski school). Visit www.landhof-lenzhofer.at or call 0043 4718 3370.

Luxury lodge, Clowance Country Club Estate, Cornwall. Sleeps 6. Three bedrooms, private sauna and jacuzzi bath, fully self-contained, plasma screen TV in lounge/dining room, individual TVs in each bedroom. Set in glorious grounds with golf course, tennis courts, swimming, walks, restaurant, and much more. Special one-off discount for the week commencing Fri., 24 Mar. Contact Dr Yee on 01865 790221.

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Houses for Sale

Oxford property prices too high? Detached coach house for sale outside Oxford, in Witney. £147,500. Faced with Cotswold stone. Presented to high standard throughout. Large open plan living area, approx. 19 by 17 feet. Refitted kitchen and bathroom. Completely redecorated throughout by present owner. One bedroom. Garage. Off-street parking for two cars. Price includes some furniture and electrical equipment. For further details, email rj_baxter@hotmail.com. Photos at: http://www.coach-house-forsale.blogspot.com.

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Flat for Sale

Sunny studio flat for sale in Wolvercote, Oxford. With g.c.h., garage and storeroom. Offers from £141,500. To view call Jill on 07751 149425.

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