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Oxford University Gazette, 4 May 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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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 and of all ages are eligible for membership. Members: £5 per term. Visitors: £1.50 per meeting. 5 May, Peter Crook, 'Raising the roof for a Nairobi school—sponsored climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro'; 12 May, Jim Dinnage, 'Printing and the environment'; 19 May, Rosemary Tucker, 'From paradise to devastation—rebuilding Sri Lanka after the tsunami'; 26 May, Roy Overall, 'Oxford University Museum swifts in the Tower'; 2 June, Nigel Hammond, 'Social history from photographs'; 9 June, Tony Augarde, 'Word play'; 16 June, AGM & Barbecue at 21 Woodcroft, Kennington, 6.30 p.m. For more information, contact Anita Segar, President, on 01865 730574.

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Lectures

St Hilda's Classics Society presents 'Dead or Alive? The Resurrection of Cappadocian (Asia Minor Greek)'. Prof. Dr Mark Janse, Roosevelt Academy, Middelburg, and Visiting Professor in Cappadocian Linguistics, University of Patras, will deliver this lecture on Fri., 26 May, at 5 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre, Classics Centre. After the talk there will be an opportunity to ask questions and later a drinks reception in the Common Room. For enquiries about the St Hilda's Classics Society or the lecture please contact leen.vanbroeck@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk.

MECO Annual Conference :. The Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford is hosting a major national conference on the subject of 'Islam and Jihad: theology and politics'. This day-long event takes place at Wolfson College on Sat., 13 May. In addition to 16 specialists in classical and contemporary Islam, the keynote speaker will be Dr Kenneth Cragg, Emeritus Professor in Comparative Religion, and author of several acclaimed volumes on Islam. Conference fee: £25 (includes lunch and refreshments). Limited seating. Pre-registration recommended. Email: info@meco.org.uk. Tel.: 01865 439805/ 766032.

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Concert

Thurs., 11 May, Sheldonian Theatre. The Oxford Minimalist Ensemble is a new and original group of musicians, conducted by the manager of the ensemble, Alexander Campkin. The programme includes Michael Nyman's score to 'The Piano', Terry Riley's 'In C', and more! Involving 100 non-auditioned musicians from in and around Oxford'An exciting way to experience new music. For more information please see www.minimalistensemble.co.uk.

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Open Morning

Christ Church Cathedral School. Sat., 13 May, 10 a.m.–12 noon. A happy and challenging preparatory school for boys aged 2 ½ to 13. Small classes; nurturing staff; high academic standards. Boys are prepared for leading local and national schools. One third of boys have gained awards over the last five years. Great opportunities in art, drama, music, and sport. Choral scholarships available. Tel.: 01865 242561. Email: registrar@cccs.org.uk. www.cccs.org.uk.

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Short Story Collection

'The Venice Apartment and Other Stories'. From Native America and the Pacific to 'blue' rooms in Europe and Oxford, six metaphysical love stories explore the lives of artists, travellers, and truth- seekers haunted by artefacts, figures, and memories from the past. The author, Erna Cooper, is an alumna of Wadham College with graduate degrees in English, European literature, and French. Details on www.trafford.com/05-2888. £10.35. Orders: 01865 722113, or via Amazon.com or Target.com.

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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. Website: http://www.cafezouk.co.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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Services Offered

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.

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.

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 358737 or 07971 683377.

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).

Man with a van available for local and national removals, house clearances, etc. All jobs considered. For a free quote please call 07944 648989.

Website design and construction for academic and research projects. PageToScreen specialises in developing a web presence for academic projects and institutions. You will get a user-friendly website that you can easily update. Collaborative projects can be managed online through the website. Options include message boards, wikis and blogs. Consultancy is also offered when planning research grant applications. Please contact PageToScreen for friendly advice. Email: chris@pagetoscreen.net. Tel.: 07767 702260. Web site: www.pagetoscreen.net.

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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.

Au Pair. Italian girl, 20 years old, English Language student, available for families in Oxford and surrounding areas for up to six weeks during summer 2006. She speaks Italian (mother tongue) and English (intermediate) and has extensive experience as a baby-sitter. References available on request. Please contact Annalisa Nonna on mgaliano@libero.it.

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Situations Vacant

We are looking for fun, enthusiastic people to be marshals for two charity bike rides. Classic Oxford, Sun., 14 May, in aid of 'Against Breast Cancer' and London to Oxford, 2 July, for 'C.L.I.C. Sargent'. Duties include providing support, directions, and encouragement to cyclists along the route. Must be 18 years or over. £5.25 per hour. Please call Claire Hacker on 01725 519384. Email: info@southernmarshalling.co.uk.

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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.

Recently renovated house, 2 available double bedrooms (one en suite), bath, utility, living and dining rooms, large sunny room with breakfast area overlooking patio and small garden. All appliances incl. dishwasher. Quiet neighbourhood close to local shops with easy bus access to centre. Professional couple preferred. No smoking. Available mid-Aug.–mid-Dec. £750 p.c.m. plus utilities. Email: j.cardy1@physics.ox.ac.uk.

New Marston. Three-bedroom house available from 17 June (long-term let, lease required). £820 p.c.m. Mid-terrace with external access to small back garden. Fully furnished with washer/dryer; 1 wc/bathroom. Ten min. walk to University Parks, close to JR Hospital and both universities, with frequent bus service to city centre. Suit professional couple/small family; pets allowed. No sublets, no smokers please. Email Rowland.kao@zoo.ox.ac.uk for details.

Family house to let. Fully equipped, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Large living room/kitchen/ dining room. Cosy sitting room. Garage/utility. Large garden. Situated in no-through road in quiet village 3 miles from Oxford City centre. We are staying in France for another 12 months and would like to find friendly people to care for our home. £1,400 p.m. Email: jeremy.allan@wanadoo.fr. Tel.: 0033 (0)565 403512.

Cumnor Hill, Hids Copse Road. Four- bedroom detached house. Unfurnished. G.c.h. Large maintained garden. Double garage. Swimming pool. Oxford 2 miles approx. Available now. £1,850 p.c.m. Contact Brooks Property Management on 01865 728597. Email: elmsoxford@aol.com.

Three bedroom semi-detached unfurnished house, with large garden, conservatory area and extended kitchen to let from June 2006 for one year. Very quiet end-of-cul-de-sac location, near John Radcliffe Hospital, well connected to city centre. £700 p.m. Please contact us by email at anindya.banerjee@iue.it or telephone 0039 055 561378 (evenings) or on 0039 055 468 5956 (work).

Iffley Turn. Leafy neighbourhood on edge of charming village. Comfortable detached family home to let from early Sept. 2006 to end Mar. 2007. One mile from centre of town, near bus stop with frequent bus service. Fully furnished. Four bedrooms, bathroom, shower- room, downstairs toilet. Sitting, dining, breakfast rooms, kitchen and utility. Ample parking, pleasant, surrounding garden. Owners away on sabbatical. £1,700 p.c.m. Contact 01865 778321 (answer phone).

Charming, recently refurbished, 2- bedroom farm cottage, with garden, garage and sheds available to rent from 15 May. Unfurnished. Bampton. £700 p.c.m. Contact Kerry Le- Galloudec on 01865 279713 or email estates.secretary@jesus.ox.ac.uk.

Three-bedroom unfurnished family home in Headington available to rent from 1 May. Close to shops and buses, off- street parking, good-sized garden. Backs onto Bury Knowle Park. £875 p.c.m. Contact Kerry Le-Galloudec on 01865 279713 or email estates.secretary@jesus.ox.ac.uk.

North Oxford . Newly refurbished, light 4-bedroom house. Two bathrooms. All appliances. Garden, off-road parking. Five-min. walk to bus routes. Available mid-May. Tel.: 01865 453608. Email: rogers73h@hotmail.com.

Marston Road, Central Oxford. Well- presented and fully-furnished end terrace house with large garden. Two bedrooms (large double and large single), conservatory, fitted kitchen, g.c.h., mixer shower and all modern comforts. Well-served by buses, 5 min. from city centre. Suitable for a couple or single person. £825 p.c.m. Available from 15 June. No pets or smokers. Contact Dr Sacha Simon on 07816 375342. Email: sacha.simon@tesco.net.

Eynsham. Large individual detached family house in conservation area in this attractive village, six miles west of Oxford. Ideal for visiting academic and family, with 4 double bedrooms (2 en suite), 3 receptions, well-fitted kitchen and utility, g.c.h. and double-glazing. Double garage and parking. Good sized enclosed south-facing rear garden. Broadband access. Available July (furnished or unfurnished). £1,495 p.c.m. Contact Abbey Rentals on 01865 883108 or email cnd@abbey-rentals.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 is available now; Flat 2 is available from 20 May. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789092274.

Large studio flat to let, available 1 Aug. Ideal for single person. City centre location: Gloucester Green second-floor apartment with quiet aspect. Double bed and fully furnished. Open plan to sitting room/dining room. Kitchen and separate bathroom. Balcony. £700 p.c.m. excl. Contact 07714 275159 or email hegartys@ntlworld.com.

Ground floor, Riverside. One-bedroom flat, with large patio area and direct access to the Thames. Near Sandford Lock. Fully furnished. Private parking. One year or more, from June. £725 p.c.m. Non-smoker. Tel.: 0207 460 3100.

Self-contained 1-double bedroom flat with balcony, situated on Harcourt Hill, overlooking green belt. Within 5 min. of Oxford Brookes' Harcourt Hill campus; regular bus service to central Oxford. The flat is fully furnished, with c.h. and double-glazing, and includes a very large sitting room, double bedroom with wash hand basin and large fitted wardrobe, a fully-equipped modern kitchen and power shower room. Parking space for one car. Available from 1 Aug. £580 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 722373.

North Oxford (off Woodstock Road): spacious luxury two-bedroom flat, available immediately for 6 months or longer. Two bedrooms (one en suite), modern kitchen, sitting room/dining room, bathroom. All tastefully furnished. Private off-street parking. N-s only. £800 p.m. Contact Ernesto.macaro@edstud.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 513739 (evenings).

Fully-furnished studio garden flat (with independent entrance) located in North Oxford is available to rent for 3 to 6 months (longer or shorter stay is negotiable). Ideal for single n-s visiting academics. £120 p.w. incl. heating. Email: lavender06m@yahoo.co.uk.

Central North Oxford. Spacious 1- bedroom apartment in attractive Victorian house in quiet leafy street near Jericho and Port Meadow. Large living room, double bedroom, hall/study, kitchen and bathroom. All rooms with high ceilings and windows overlooking secluded garden. Fully furnished and well-equipped with broadband, telephone, washing machine, gas hob/oven, c.h., power shower,and all mod. cons. Own off-street parking. Available from 1 Sept. More details: www.mcsharry.net/house. Email: emmeline@mcsharry.net.

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Vacation Lets

Well-restored 18th-century house in conservation centre of pretty village, 6 miles from Oxford. Four bedrooms, 3 sitting rooms, kitchen, dining room, large study, all mod. cons., garden, cleaner. Village has all services; good range of shops. Excellent 24-hour bus service to Oxford centre (20 min. journey). Perfect for visiting academic family. Available 16 July–24 Aug. £400 p.w. Email: jmacclancy@brookes.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 483951 (work) or 01865 880142 (home).

North Oxford . For rent, 3 July–9 Aug. Very modern 4-bedroom house, just off Woodstock Road, close to Summertown. Large open-plan living area, 3 bathrooms, private garden with small heated pool, off-street parking. £2,000 including utilities. Contact oliver.braddick@psy.ox.ac.uk or 01865 512025.

Summer in Oxford. Modern one-bedroom flat, June-Aug./Sept. (flexible). Comfortable, newly refurbished, quiet, fully furnished and equipped. Central North Oxford, within easy walking distance of everything. £800 p.m. Email: mcchamberlain@brookes.ac.uk.

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Accommodation Offered

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.

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

Attractive, comfortable B&B accommodation. Convenient to University. One min. to bus stop. Parking easy. Small private garden. Quiet. Weekly and monthly discounts. British and continental breakfasts. A home away from home. Tel.: 01865 770501. Email: colejustine@yahoo.com.

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.

South-facing room to rent in family home just north of Summertown. Use of kitchen, bathroom, facilities also. Rent: £90 p.w. incl. heating, lighting. Available now. Mature person preferred. Contact Dr D. Martin at djlm@aol.com.

Desirable Osney Island. South-facing double room available in a shared house, two min. from Oxford train station. Use of kitchen, sitting room, dining room, bathroom and facilities. Large enclosed rear garden. Attractive property in tranquil setting, a ten-minute walk from the city centre. Available fully furnished from end of June. Rent: £450 p.c.m. For further details please contact Susie Gault on 0777 5841206 or gaultsusie@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.

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.

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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.

Visiting Cambridge Lecturer and wife, both non-smokers, require furnished accommodation for the 4-month-period Sept.–Dec. 2006; ideally near to Saïd Business School. We are seeking a room in a house or a modest flat to share. Tel.: 01223 322290. Email: r.steinberg@jbs.cam.ac.uk.

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

House swap. Oxford - Cape Town, 7–21 July. Would you like to swap your family home in or close to Oxford for our beautifully renovated five-bedroom, four-bathroom home on the slopes of Table Mountain? Ten min. drive to city and Clifton/Camps bay beaches. Safe garden for children. Maid and gardener included. If so email matt.audinwood@nightingaleassociates.com or call 0027 729 440963.

Visiting New York academic n-s couple with infant would like a suitable furnished home, fairly close to city centre, for a vacation rental in July and early August (exact dates flexible). We have stayed in Oxford before and can provide references etc. Please contact stenhous@yu.edu.

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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.

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.

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.

Need a break somewhere warmer? Fond of Mediterranean seafood? Our flat in Garrucha, Almeria, is available now. Fully equipped, two bedrooms, few min. from the beach. Garrucha has been a popular holiday destination for Madrileños since the nineteenth century, partly due to the restaurants along the promenade supplied by the fleet, which returns each afternoon. For more details email Dr. H. La Rue at H5LR@aol.com.

Cyprus. Pegeia, 10 min. Coral Bay, 20 min. Paphos harbour. Detached luxury villa with own 8m x 4m pool in spectacular location, with clear views over the Mediterranean. Sleeps 6 in comfort, two doubles (one en suite), one twin, and further occasional beds if required. Each bedroom has own access to pool terrace. Peaceful area but close to local amenities and beach. Fully equipped and air conditioned throughout. TV/DVD. Some availability late May, early June, and Sept. onwards. From £450 p.w. Email: PJWNet@aol.com or visit www.villakalithea.com.

Tuscany, Maremma. Detached house surrounded by farmland, sleeps 4–6. C.h., fully-equipped kitchen, sitting room with fireplace leading to Portico, ideal for outside dining. Ten min. from shops and range of beaches. Rome, Pisa, Florence, Siena, each within two hours' drive. Etruscan and Roman sites. Easy access to Tuscan archipelago. Tel.: 07811 923960. www.geocities.com/casamaremma.

Croatia. Simple town house in Venetian town of Labin, 10 min. from beautiful Istrian coast. Sleeps 4–6. Hiking, horse riding, shops, bars, all nearby. Two hours from airports at Trieste or Ljubljana. £250 p.w., incl. bills and linen. Discount for 2 weeks or out of season. Contact guidomodugno@tiscali.it or call Catherine Barron on 0039 040 576172.

Tuscany: Family-owned wine estate, producing highly recognised wines, olive oil, and cheese. Offers ancient farmhouse and apartments. Secluded rural setting, half hour central Florence. Tel.:/Fax (0039) 055 824 9120. Email: sulpoggio@bcc.tin.it.

Dordogne. Timeless and beautiful 17th century stone house in the Vézère valley. Former Pavillon de Chasse now lovingly restored, with traditional lauzes roof and many original features. Stands in its own peaceful and partly wooded grounds of some three acres. Five min. from village with local shops, 15 min. from the historic market town of Montignac. Spacious lounge with wood burner, large fully- fitted kitchen/dining area. Sleeps 6 in comfort in two double bedrooms (one en suite) and one twin. Can accommodate two more on convertible settee if required. Dining terrace with barbecue—and boules! Private 10m x 4m pool with glorious views. Garage. Still availability late May, second half of June, and July, and Sept. onwards. From £500 p.w. Low season rates on request. Email PJWNet@aol.com or visit www.lamamine.com.

Italy, Le Marche. Luxurious guesthouse, run by Italian family, excellent home cooking, set in stunning countryside. Swimming pool. 25 min. from Sibillini mountains: skiing, trekking, canoeing; 30 min. from coastal beaches; 45 min. from Ancona airport. Very reasonable rates. Ideal for short breaks, all seasons. Nearest large town: Macerata. Contact 01865 513739 for further details or see www.villacastellani.it or email Daniele Castellani at info@villacastellani.it.

Pembrokeshire. Bungalow in wonderful location between the foothills of the Preseli mountains and the North Pembrokeshire Coast. Fully furnished, with all modern appliances, but bed linen and towels are not supplied. Accommodates 5. £35 per night. Part weeks acceptable outside school holidays. Well-behaved animals welcome. For more details please email glenjohn@talk21.com or phone 01239 841223.

Southern Ardèche, France. Beautiful old converted barn high in Cevennes mountains, opposite Provence. Sleeps 6. Own entrance, terrace, and paddock. Spectacular landscape: views to 100 miles. More wildlife than people. Walk, ride, swim in rivers. Great markets and fairs ' need car. Eat, drink, sleep well. £475 p.w. Tel: 020 7722 6740. Email: v.brinton@which.net.

Lake District tranquillity 'midst fields, trees, sheep, silence: perfect walking, reading, writing, piano, views. Our family hideaway free parts of June–Aug. Fully equipped, no TV, no nearby nightlife. Easy access Kendal/M6/lakes/fells. Three bedrooms, 4 adults plus children. £45 per night for 2, additional persons £10 per night, plus electricity. Min. 3 nights, 20% reduction for 6 nights or more. N- s. NB: rough track difficult for low cars. Email: aliceebee@hotmail.com.

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Houses for Sale

Delightfully cosy and characterful period stone cottage in sought-after country village. Five min. from Woodstock with fast access to Oxford. Ideal for a single professional or a retired couple. Fully furbished and maintained to high standard throughout. Two bedrooms, reception, hall, utility room, bathroom, with a neat and pleasant garden and charming summer house. Contact Peter Snow on 01865 422569 or at peter.snow@templeton.ox.ac.uk.

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For Sale

Upright piano. Young Chang 118, Which?- report champion. Glorious sound, fine action, attractive walnut finish. £925 ONO. Contact Dave on 01865 748925 or email davecolina@yahoo.co.uk.

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