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Oxford University Gazette, 9 February 2006 : Advertisements


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The University of Oxford and Oxford University Press accept no responsibility for the content of any advertisement published in the Gazette. Readers should note that the inclusion of any advertisement in no way implies approval or recommendation of either the terms of any offer contained in it or of the advertiser by the University of Oxford or Oxford University Press.

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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:

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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 or 01865 288087 for details.

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Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society

The Rt. Rev. Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford, presents 'C. S. Lewis and Philip Pullman: Converging Moralities'. Tues., 21 Feb. at 8:15 p.m. in the Hood Room, Pusey House, St Giles.

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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. 10 Feb., Damien Challet, '(Im)perfect pitch'; 17 Feb., Dr Barrie Juniper, 'What is the Tradescant Orchard? A fruity treasure of the Bodleian Library'; 24 Feb., Dr Elaine Kaye, 'The changing role of women in the Church'; 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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'Governed States of Mind: Thinking psychoanalytically about Governance'. 24–25 Mar., St. Hugh's College, Oxford. Organisers: The Open University and The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. Plenary speakers: Prof. Arlie Hochschild (University of California, Berkeley), Dr David Taylor (Psychoanalyst and Medical Director, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust), Tom Bentley, and Catherine Fieschi (DEMOS). For further information see (click on Events) or contact Rebecca White on 01908 654704. Email:

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Sat., 18 Mar.: 'Historic English landscapes'–a day course at Christ Church. Speakers include Dr Paul Stauper on 'Historic parks and gardens' and Tim Allen on 'Landscape in prehistoric Oxford'. Discounted fees on bookings before 31 Jan. Further details from Academic Study and Travel, 3 Whites Forge, Appleton OX13 5LG or

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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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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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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:

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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:, 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).

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.

Fast and accurate typist. Manuscripts, theses. £8–£10 per hour (4 A4 pages). Tel.: 01865 308492.

PA/secretarial services available on a part-time basis. Extremely organised and experienced individual who can prepare texts and manuscripts and can offer flexible working hours and good rates. For more information please call 01865 250722.

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:

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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: Website:

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Tuition Offered

GCSE and AS/A2 Level Easter Revision Courses. D'Overbroeck's College, Oxford, is one of the leading and most established providers of Easter revision courses in the UK with an outstanding track record of success. Expert help with focused exam preparation and feedback enables students to improve their grades significantly. Limited places available. Telephone the College Office on 01865 310000 or visit for details.

Piano and music theory lessons for all ages and levels. Teacher based in Iffley, Oxford. Contact Ana Mladenovi‘ Williamson on 01865 778248 or 07779 580235. Email:

Learn to drive really well with an Advanced Driving instructor who has been teaching in Oxford for 12 years with a high pass rate. Free one hour when you book your first two-hour lesson. Intensive courses and ones tailored to suit your needs. £20 p.h. when 10 hours booked. Call Paul on 07786 176122.

The Oxfordshire Befriending Network, which brings people with life-threatening or terminal illnesses together with volunteer befrienders, is actively recruiting volunteers for a training beginning on 21 Feb. Each close, deeply personal befriending partnership aims to provide emotional support, friendship, and practical assistance. The training assists course participants to experience 'living with dying' and to integrate theory with safe, skilled befriending practice. For more information, please contact Catherine Gundry. Tel.: 01865 791781. Email:

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Situations Vacant

Oriel College requires an Academic Assistant (Current and Former Students). Salary: £19,093–£26,470 p.a (Grade C5). The postholder will assist with the administration of all academic affairs relating to current and former undergraduate and postgraduate students. This position offers an excellent opportunity to develop a career in academic administration. We are seeking a strong team player with first-rate analytical, organisational, and computing skills, who will work systematically and to a high level of accuracy. In view of the complexity of the work, applicants should be educated to degree level and have appropriate experience in an administrative role. Since the post involves extensive contact with a broad range of people, excellent communication skills are essential. In addition to the stated rate of pay, the position carries an excellent benefits package. Closing date: Fri., 17 Feb. Application packs are available from Mark Robertson. Tel.: 01865 286538. Email:

Mansfield College is seeking to recruit a Development Administrator to work in its Development & Alumni Relations Office. The Development Administrator, reporting to the Director of Development, will provide support to the Director in the implementation of the College's programme of fundraising and alumni relations. We are looking for someone with excellent organisational and interpersonal skills who is able to balance a number of tasks at any one time. Key tasks include maintaining and reporting on the College's alumni database and organising events for alumni and friends of Mansfield. Salary: £14,372–£16,553 p.a. (Clerical Grade 3). Closing date: Fri., 17 Feb. For further information please contact: Andy Wood, Development Director. Tel.: 01865 270968. Email:

St Edmund Hall requires a full-time Bursary Assistant (35 hours p.w.) to join the small team in the Bursary. Salary: £14,372–£16,553. 15 days' annual leave (plus closed periods), usual college benefits. Contributory pension scheme. Duties include: Reception, cash-handling and general clerical duties. Flexible and methodical approach required, with good people skills. Knowledge of office computing procedures desirable. Training will be given. Closing date: 17 Feb. Application forms and job description from Nigel James, Assistant Bursar, St Edmund Hall, Oxford OX1 4AR. Tel.: 01865 279006. Email:

Jesus College is seeking to appoint a Secretary to the Home Bursar (35 hours p.w.). The job is varied and responsible and requires the use of personal initiative as well as a wide range of administrative skills. The ideal candidate will be an experienced secretary who has personality and enjoys dealing with young people. Competent IT skills (Word, Excel, Access) are essential as well as the ability to manage a busy schedule with a heavy workload. Salary: £16,553–£19,093 (Clerical and Library Scale 4). Benefits include 38 days holiday per year, pension scheme, and free lunch. Closing date: Wed., 15 Feb. Interviews will be held on 22 Feb. An application form and further details are available from the Assistant Bursar, Jesus College, Oxford, OX1 3DW. Email: Tel.: 01865 279716.

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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 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:

Charming period cottage, Westcott Barton, 14 miles north-west of Oxford, in a quiet corner of the village. Attractively furnished and well equipped. Two bedrooms (1 double bedroom, one spare bedroom/dressing room/study). Beams, inglenook fireplace, wood-burning stove, g.c.h., country antiques, washer/drier, fridge/freezer, bath/shower, small walled south-facing garden. Wonderful place to write. Email:

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

Two properties: 1.) Botley. This two- double bedroom semi-detached house is ideal for sharers. Available in Apr. for £895 p.m. Ref.: 3301. 2.) North Oxford: Two-bedroom cottage in an amazing location in the countryside. Available now. Fully furnished. £950 p.m. Ref.: 4378. Please contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311 011.

Ladygrove, Didcot. Two-bedroom house, close to local shops and Didcot railway station. Available 1 Mar. Conservatory, garden, off-street parking and garage. Currently unfurnished. £675 p.m. (excluding utility bills). For further details please contact Gill Brook. Email: Tel.: 07751 159984.

South Oxford. Early Victorian house in Vicarage Road off the Abingdon Road, near Hinksey Park. One mile from town centre. Furnished. Two double bedrooms, sitting room with open fire, dining room, kitchen, bathroom. Good size south-facing garden with sheltered patio, side entrance to garden. Available from Mar. to Dec. £850 p.c.m. For more details, phone 01865 246428 or email

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Flats to Let

Small but very comfortable studio flat to let in North Oxford. Suitable for one person. Recently completely refurbished to high standard. Kitchen contains microwave and washing machine. Full bathroom with shower. Land line can be connected. £490 p.m. to include all utilities. Please call 01865 558137.

St Clement's/Cowley Road. Available from 28 Feb. Large, newly refurbished flat (unfurnished), within 4 min. walk of Magdalen Bridge. Three bedrooms, large sitting room, separate dining room, fully-fitted kitchen, bathroom, shower room and separate toilet. Off-peak c.h.; double glazed throughout. £1,000 p.c.m. Email: Tel.: 01865 372445.

Wolvercote. This 2-bedroom apartment has a modern kitchen and bathroom and has just been redecorated. Available unfurnished for £750 p.m. Ref: 3303. Please contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311 011.

East Oxford. One double-bedroom flat available for let to professionals. Fully-furnished (incl. washer/dryer, kitchen/dining utensils, etc.). Cable TV/broadband access also optional. Large shared garden, off-street parking and secure cycle garage. Ideally placed for both universities, hospitals, BMW and Business and Science Parks. £750 p.m. Photos: Tel.: 07866 104439. Email:

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Easter Vacation Let

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 30 Mar.–16 Apr. £400 p.w. Email: Tel.: 01865 483951 (work); 01865 880142 (home).

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Accommodation Offered

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

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

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:

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: Website:

A home away from home. Attractive, comfortable B&B accommodation in light, cheerful house suitable for academics. On bus route, just over a mile from the High Street. Quiet. Special discounted rates for weekly/monthly stay. Casual rate: £39 per night (single); £60 (double). British breakfast inclusive. Tel.: 01865 770 501. Email:

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: Tel.: 01865 281834.

Female professional or postgrad wanted to share excellent stone cottage in South Leigh near Witney. Five min. to Witney, 20 min. to Oxford. N-s preferred. £425 p.m. (negotiable). Bills to share. Must have own transport. Call Kate on 07799 543306.

Central location: Jericho, Great Clarendon Street. Beautiful dormer room with separate shower room, etc. Entire top floor of a private house guaranteeing quiet and privacy, warm and comfortable with TV, simple cooking facilities (microwave, kettle, fridge, washing up facilities). Reasonable rent. Brand new furnishings and fittings. Suitable for graduate student. Broadband imminent. Please call 01865 310198 (6 p.m.–8 p.m.).

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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: Email:

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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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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: Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Website at 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.

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. Should ideally be close to station, but other areas will be considered. Max. £750 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 242049. Email:

House in Jericho area wanted. We wish to purchase a 2-or 3-bedroom house in the Jericho area. We do not have a property to sell so are in a position to move quickly to purchase a property, if needed. If you are thinking of selling your house now, or in the near future, please contact us at or on 0118 952 5036. (We would also very much appreciate it if the person with a 2-bedroom house to sell who responded to our advert on Fri., 3 Feb., could call us again!)

Seeking apartment to rent. One or two bedrooms. Paris, XV arrondissement, Aug. 2006-July 2007. Possibility for house exchange in Oxford, UK. Email: Tel.: 01865 281834.

Fully-furnished 2-bedroom flat or house sought for visiting academic couple from approximately 29 Apr. for two months. North Oxford or Jericho area preferred but will consider other areas. Looking for short-term lease, or house swap for lovely 3-bedroom house in Melbourne. Contact:

Vancouver-Oxford house exchange. Academic couple plus two 13-year old daughters seek house exchange for month of July. Modern, sunny home in Vancouver with living area, dining room, fully-fitted kitchen, three bedrooms, two studies, 2 bathrooms, 1 wc. Beautiful small garden; two friendly cats. Non-smoking. Very centrally located within walking distance to shops and parks. Short drive to the ocean. Car exchange possible. Prefer North or Central Oxford. Contact

American academic couple, n-s, seek well-furnished house or flat for Trinity Term, from ca. 22 Apr.–ca.21 June. Essential: easy access to Oxford city centre by public transport, quiet location, one double bedroom, decent shower. Desirable: garden, an older building with a bit of character. As would-be tenants are on a research trip until 20 Feb., please send particulars to

Professional family looking for 2–3 bed flat/house in Wolvercote/North Oxford for Mar.–June inclusive. Please contact Joanna on 07817 078144 or David on 0777 333 0271.

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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:

Rural Andalusia. Traditional Spanish farmhouse in glorious unspoiled countryside with stunning views. Ideal place for exploring national parks and enjoying a range of outdoor activities. Only one hour from Malaga; two hours from Granada and Seville. Simple but comfortable rooms and wonderful home cooking, swimming pool, and bar. Available all year. €30 p.p./p.n., incl. breakfast. Discounts for 8+ days. For more information email Tel.: +34 952 111869.

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. Email: Tel.: +30 24240 29036. Fax: +30 24240 23057.

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

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

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 for details.

Holiday home in Western France to let. Situated in Venise Verte, 40 min. from La Rochelle and beaches. Pretty stone cottage in village setting. Sleeps 6. Fully-equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge and 3 bedrooms. Enclosed garden and access to canal network and private punt. Ideal for cycling, walking, boating, fishing, painting, touring etc. £400 p.w. (high season). Contact Linda Eaton on 07919 308912 or 01635 202868.

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 allowed off the quays. From £225'£465 p.w. Winter: £185 p.w. Winter breaks: £100 (3 nights). Contact Mrs Dancy on 01736 7311377 or see

N.W. France. Self-catering holiday cottage. A newly converted barn in peaceful country surroundings, close to the beautiful town of Morlaix and 20 min. drive from north coast beaches. Bright, airy sitting room with corner kitchen. Double bedroom, twin beds and en suite shower room. Village shops at Plougonven, 2km; 45 minutes drive south from Roscoff. £250 p.w. Contact Yvonne Morgan on 0033 (0)298 78 70 59. Email:

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: 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.

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:

South of France. Beautifully restored 18th-century stone farmhouse and Gite in the Languedoc/Aveyron hills. Spectacular views, wonderful walks and wildlife, safe river bathing, completely peaceful. Easy drives to the Gorges du Tarn, Albi, Lac du Salagou, Montpellier and the Mediterranean. Farmhouse (sleeps 10) from £350 p.w; Gite (sleeps 4) from £250 p.w. Visit for details and photos, or call 01865 244619 or 01539 568716. Email:

Exclusive timeshare in 4-star Italian Alps resort available for sale or rent, only 20 km from Bolzano and Merano, ideal for day trips to Venice and Lake Garda. Studio apartment 219, week 13 (March). To rent: £300; to buy: £2,500 (service charges: €360 p.a.). Prices negotiable. See for photos and contact Eugenio Donadoni at for more information.

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