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Oxford University Gazette, 18 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. 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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Concert

Tues., 6 June. Sir Michael Scholar: Lunch time Bach. Organ recital in St Giles' Church in aid of the Roof Appeal. 1 p.m. Admission by programme at the door.

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By the Cam and Isis: 1954–2000

In this book Francis Warner looks back over the last half century in his two universities with gratitude. It takes the form of two poems, each describing a walk and the friends he meets and visits, or remembers: around Cambridge one night in winter, around Oxford one summer afternoon. This handsome new edition comes with over 120 pages of annotation and documentation by the poet and other Emeriti, incl. Henry Chadwick, R.W. Burchfield, Roger Highfield et al, and as a result has become one poet's portrait of his generation: of those who experienced the Second World War (some of them the First World War as well), and then devoted their lives to teaching the young in these twin cities. £25. Colin Smythe Ltd. Available from bookshops or contact sales@colinsmythe.co.uk.

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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

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.

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.

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.

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Tuition Offered

Traditional English watercolours with Rebecca Hind. Painting country churches (S. Oxon) series: 20 and 21 May, Cuddesdon Church, 17 and 18 June, Berrick Salome. £75 per weekend. Details of these weekend courses, summer schools, and weekly classes at www.rebeccahind.com or 01865 340633.

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Situations Vacant

Morning or evening security/reception cover (2 hours per day, Mon.-Fri.). A department in the University's Science Area is seeking part-time assistance with covering security duties from either 5.45 a.m. to 7.45 a.m. or 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday. Appointments will be subject to suitable references and security screening. Rate of pay: £7 per hour. For further information please call 01865 281123.

Magdalen College School is looking to recruit a Development Officer to join a growing and effective Development Office at one of the UK's leading independent schools. The successful applicant will be a flexible and committed individual with good communication skills. They should be able to start not later than 1 Sept. but ideally as early as 3 July. Salary £18–£22k and other benefits. Closing date: Mon. 22 May. Letter of application, full C.V. and details of two referees should be sent to the Head of Development, Mr D. Lloyd, (from whom further details may be obtained), Magdalen College School, Oxford, OX4 1DZ. Tel.: 01865 458497. Email: david.lloyd@mcsoxford.org.

The Lower Windrush Choral Society requires a Musical Director for Sept. to lead this enthusiastic choir of approx. 40 members. Rehearsals are held every Mon. evening at Stanton Harcourt School. We perform 3 concerts a year in the local churches and village halls. Expenses and a small honorarium will be paid. Please contact Jane Dodds on 01865 300544 for further details.

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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.

Central Oxford 2-bedroom modern terrace house with garden in quiet cul-de-sac behind Saïd Business School. Close to bus and train stations. Within easy walk of university departments. Furnished and fully fitted to high standard. G.c.h., washer-dryer, TV/video/radio. Double and single bedroom-cum-study. Ample storage space. Secluded garden with lawn and barbecue. Own parking. Available 5 July. Minimum: 6 months. £975 p.c.m. Contact Mr I. Macdonald on 01865 421234.Email: macdonaldreynell@ntlworld.com.

Family house to let. Fully equipped, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Large living/kitchen/ dining room. Cosy sitting room. Garage/utility. Large garden. Situated in Wolvercote, 3 miles north of Oxford City centre. Available 1 Aug. for 12 months. We would like to find friendly people to care of our home. £1,400 p.m. Email: jeremy.allan@wanadoo.fr. Tel.: 00 33 (0)5 65 40 35 12.

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).

Attractive, part-furnished 3–4 bedroom house, in quiet village location, end of no-through lane, 10 miles from Oxford and walking distance to train station. Stunning, double height, glass-roofed sitting room, master bedroom with en suite and large balcony, brand new bathroom and cloakroom, study/bedroom, fully-fitted kitchen, utility room, two further reception rooms. Private courtyard gardens and parking. Available from end of May. £1,700 p.c.m. Contact: talltimpw@yahoo.co.uk or 01869 350654.

Central North Oxford. Exceptional and peaceful location, 1 mile from city centre, 2 min. from Port Meadow, canal, and deli. Close to schools. Well-equipped and comfortably furnished family house (built 2001). Two double bedrooms (one en suite), single bedroom, large sitting room, spacious study, second bathroom. Double glazing; delightful garden. Everything you need ' incl. wireless broadband, car, and 3 bicycles. Available Oct. for 5 months. £1,200 p.c.m. Please contact leoniebennett@ukonline.co.uk.

Delightful 2-bedroom Cotswold stone cottage to let at £550 p.c.m. Available immediately in Middle Barton village (near Woodstock). Unfurnished cottage with two bedrooms (one small double, one single); bathroom with bath and shower; kitchen (white goods); and rear garden with stunning countryside views. Ideal for a couple or single person with own transport. Garden maintenance included in rent. Contact Gill Powell 01280 821580 (evenings).

Lovely house in central Oxford. One en suite double bedroom, 2 single bedrooms. Off street parking. Cleaner included. Suit visiting family. Available immediately until end of Aug. £500 p.w. exclusive. Call Hannah on 01865 297220.

Large house to let off Iffley Road. Suitable for seven people to share. Seven bedrooms, large sitting room, two kitchens, two bathrooms. Garden with BBQ facility. G.c.h. Only mixed group of male and female considered. £325 per person p.c.m. Legal fees plus damage deposit. All bills to be shared. For details please phone Bob on 01239 841688.

Off Cumnor Hill. Oxford approx. 2 miles. Fully furnished and equipped 4-bedroom (one en suite) detached house available from 10 Aug. 2006 to 4 Jan. 2007. Sought after, quiet residential area with reliable, regular service to city centre. Living room, dining room, kitchen/utility, study, downstairs toilet and family bathroom. Garden. N-s only. £1,300 p.c.m. Email: jgfm50@hotmail.co.uk.

Two properties: 1.) Lakeside. Stunning and spacious family home in North Oxford, overlooking the golf course. Available now, furnished, £1,600 p.m. Ref.: 3085. 2.) Waterways. Four-bedroom modern townhouse over 3 floors. Available now for £1,900 p.m. Ref.: 4468. Contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311 011.

New Ridge. Church Street, Beckley, OX3 9UT. Large detached family home situated along quiet lane in heart of sought after village. Spacious kitchen with aga. Living room, family bathroom, master bedroom (en suite), double bedroom (en suite). Three further double bedrooms. Large garden. Stunning views over Otmoor wildlife reserve. 10 min. drive from Oxford, 2 min. walk from pub. Good parking. Part or non- furnished to suit. Available end of July. £2,500 p.m. Contact Jonathan Pincott/Chancellors on 01865 765000.

Newly-built spacious town house, furnished, in Headley Way, Headington. Close proximity to hospitals and city centre. Four bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge, dining room and fully-fitted kitchen. Two car parking spaces. Viewing is highly recommended. Available immediately. Ideal for family or professional sharers. £1,500 p.m. Please call between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. or after 9 p.m. Tel.: 01865 760064 or 079 006 24953.

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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.

Cowley, Boswell Road. Extremely nice ground-floor flat with large garden. Two bedrooms and all modern comforts. Very quiet. Well-served by buses, 15 min. from downtown. For very quiet academic person or couple, with reference. From end Aug. to end Jan. 2006. £550 p.m., council tax and bills excluded. Tel.: 01865 711577 (7 p.m.–9 p.m. or leave message). Mobile: 07810 194454. Email: piero.pinza@virgin.net.

Paris. Two beautiful, privately-run flats in Marais and 7th arrondissement. See www.ajparisflats.com for details or email Dr Joe Chamberlain at joe.chamberlain@tiscali.co.uk.

North Oxford . Furnished flat in family house on Woodstock Road. Self-contained on first floor where there is a sitting-room with balcony, bedroom, shower-room. Own entrance on ground floor to fully-fitted modern kitchen for exclusive use of tenant but not self- contained. C. h. £600 p.c.m., all inclusive. No-smoking. Single person only. Available now. Min. 3 months. Tel.: 01865 514804.

Cambridge. Luxury city centre flat available 11 Sept. to 22 Dec. Three-floor flat, newly renovated to highest standards, includes two bedrooms (one large, the other very large, incl. en suite bathroom and office area), second bathroom, kitchen with dining area, library, and balcony. Flat is on private street with security entrance. Many extras, incl. wireless broadband, parallel American electricity system, etc. £1,200 p.c.m. Email: rs236@cam.ac.uk.

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Vacation Lets

North Oxford family home in cul-de-sac ending in park. Available 28 June–27 July. Accommodation includes 4+ bedrooms, lovely extension with windows overlooking enclosed garden, and all mod. cons. Ground floor adapted for wheelchair user. Easy bus access to city centre (bicycles for the more energetic.) £400 p.w. all inclusive except telephone. Possibility of arranging use of car. Contact tam.frishberg@ntlworld.com. Tel.: 01865 454274.

Central Oxford. Delightful small cottage in charming location, available to let from mid-July until end of Aug. 2006. Suitable for two people. Available by the week. For further information please call 07787 537903.

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).

Lovely family house in Plantation Road, North Oxford, available to rent for one month in Aug. 2006. Located 10 min. walk from city centre and railway station. Close to Port Meadow, Oxford University, University parks, shops and restaurants. Accommodation comprises three bedrooms, dining room, living room, kitchen, and small garden. Enquiries by email to franphilxx@btinternet.com.

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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.

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.

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.

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

Single room in lovely furnished n-s 3- bedroom house in Iffley village, sharing with two considerate females in late twenties. Spacious and peaceful house, very quiet area. Wireless broadband, garden, parking, garage for bikes. Very near shops, river, and bus route to city centre. Available mid-June. Total rent and bills incl. broadband approximately £345 p.c.m., plus telephone calls. Call 07763 617745.

Room to rent in Jericho flat. Looking for a mature graduate student, young academic, professional, etc. to share spacious renovated 2-bedroom flat, from 1 Aug. to 15 Dec. (possibility of extension). (Top two floors of converted house.) Looking for quiet, clean non- smoker, preferably female. £520 p.m. excl. bills. Good facilities, wireless internet, washer/dryer. Overlooks garden. Street parking; nice neighbourhood; central location. Email jerichoapartment@hotmail.com or call 01865 514615 (3–8 p.m.).

Jericho. Medium-sized downstairs room in friendly furnished shared house of 3, with living-room, bathroom, south- facing garden and small kitchen. (Washing-machine, cooker, fridge etc.) Quiet neighbourhood, nice pubs, friendly neighbours. Would suit postgrad or professional; available 1 Aug. for 12 months. £310 p.c.m. plus bills. Contact edmund.neill@history.ox.ac.uk or 07946 274688.

Female wanted to share small North Oxford house (Frenchay Road) with one other female. Own very large ground floor room and separate phone. Share kitchen and bathroom. N-s essential. Suit postgraduate, mature student, teacher, etc. £230 p.c.m., plus share of electricity, gas, water, and council tax bills (average £320 p.c.m. for everything mentioned). One-year min. let. Available July. Please ring Victoria on 01865 243311 (Mon.–Fri., office hours).

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Office Accommodation available

Office accommodation in Oxford: North Oxford, 5 min. from St Giles'. Detached garden bungalow with private access, 4 rooms and amenities. Alternatives: a suite of 3 rooms, another of 2 rooms. Facilities complete—BT, NTL, fax outlets, broadband, car-parking. Quiet location. Tel.: 01865 511111.

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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.

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

New Oxford Bursar and his wife seek to lease an unfurnished family home in Oxford or the surrounding villages from Sept. We are non-smokers and have no pets. We love gardening and will keep your home and garden just the way you like them. Garage a necessity. Access to public transport would be a plus. One-year tenancy preferred. Contact ceparkin@hotmail.com or ring Carol in Dublin on 00 353 1 218 9598.

Wanted: Central North Oxford house. We are a family of 4 moving to Oxford this summer. We are looking for a spacious house with 5 bedrooms, good living space and ideally a good sized garden. We would be interested in taking a long lease for the right property. Tel: 0777 301 5984. Email: belindahanson@aol.com.

Two responsible academics (one post-doc, one D.Phil student, females, non-smokers) seek accommodation in Oxford, preferably in Jericho, North or West Oxford from 1 Sept. 2006 to 31 Aug. 2007. We would be willing to rent and/or look after your home, if you are away. Please contact margret.frenz@stx.ox.ac.uk.

Maths professor and wife seek 2-bedroom flat/house in North Oxford from approx. Aug. 2006 to July 2007. Dates somewhat flexible. Local references available. House-sitting or house exchange (Baltimore, USA) possible option. Please contact pittenge@math.umbc.edu.

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Holiday Lets

Siena/Italy. Newly refurbished apartment with two double bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, garden and shared swimming pool in a fantastic location with 270 degrees view over the hills of Chianti. Very quiet but easily reachable. Car needed. Three miles from Castelnuovo Berardenga. More details on http://users.ox.ac.uk/~sant1033/poggiolo/ Contact: filippo.ippolito@sbs.ox.ac.uk.

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.

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 787059. Email: vonanddavid@club-internet.fr.

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.

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 www.mouseholeholidays.co.uk.

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.

Kalives, Halkidiki, Greece. Holiday where the Greeks do! Located at the top of the second 'leg' of Halkidiki province, the village of Kalives has four tavernas, bakery, supermarket, open-air cinema. Watersports, day-cruise, archaeological ruins nearby. Apartment Ammoudia is part of a small complex (with pool), set in pleasant gardens, 50 metres from beach. Modern and simply but fully furnished. Balconies, air conditioning. Sleeps 4. Please see www.apartment-ammoudia.com.

Southern France. Period stone house with small courtyard terrace in picturesque village 15 km n.w. Nîmes. Newly restored and equipped. Excellent walking of outstanding botanical interest. Short- or long-term lets. Out-of-season rates. Available from 1 July. Email: chanter.laura@wanadoo.fr.

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+ (sofa and cot) with en suite bathrooms. Fully furnished plus washing machine and modern kitchen. Available some weeks from June to end Sept. http://www.kremena-villa.com. Mobile phone: 07792 527521.

Brittany. Villa in hamlet of Kerambeuz, near Pont Aven, Southern Brittany. Sleeps 7 plus infant. Private pool. 2 km to beaches, 3 km Pont Aven. Pictures on web at http://www.somethingspecial.co.uk/villadetails.asp?PID=BT117. Still some availability for May through Oct. Negotiable rates from £100 per night. Contact 01865 793733 or 07786356410.

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