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Oxford University Gazette, 20 April 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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OLIS Forum

Next Michaelmas term, Oxford University will have a new Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). All members of the Oxford University community are invited to a Forum regarding the new Oxford Libraries Information System (OLIS). A prototype of the new online catalogue will be on view and attendees will be encouraged to use it and comment on its design and function. Other online catalogues developed by our supplier will also be available for use and comment. Attendees who complete a feedback form are eligible to win a memory stick. Join us at the OLIS Forum, Wed., 26 Apr., at the English Faculty IT Training Suite, St Cross Building, Manor Road. Drop in anytime between 12 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. Email: lms@ouls.ox.ac.uk for more information.

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Concerts

Late Romantic Song. Mon., 24 Apr., 7.30 p.m., Holywell Music Rooms. Rare opportunity to hear soprano Sarah Leonard and pianist Jonathan Powell perform songs by Sibelius, op. 37 and op. 90, Rachmaninoff, 'Vocalise' and 'Six Songs' op. 38, Fauré's 'Cinq mélodies de Venise', and six songs by Joseph Marx. Their new CD, 'Lieder by Joseph Marx', will also be on sale. Tickets: £10 / £6 (concessions)

Sat., 29 Apr., 8 p.m., Merton College Chapel. Charpentier: Te Deum; Monteverdi: Beatus Vir; Vivaldi: Gloria. The Oxford Spezzati Soloists and Orchestra. Conductor: Nick Mumby. Tickets: £10/£5 (concessions) available on the door. Reservations: 07973 655 489.

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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.

Scott Bennett undertakes restoration of antique furniture using traditional methods and techniques so you can be confident that your furniture is in the hands of a professional who is sympathetic to the period that the furniture represents. Scott Bennett operates from the North Oxford area. Free quotations are available on request and delivery and collection is also available. Please contact 07810774692 or email scott@scottbennett.eclipse.co.uk.

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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.

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.

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).

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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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Situations Vacant

St Antony's College invites applications for the post of Head Housekeeper. The Head Housekeeper is responsible for the management of housekeeping services throughout the College buildings and student accommodation, including cleaning, health and safety, domestic maintenance, financial control and administration. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate experience in motivating and leading a team of domestic staff in achieving the highest standards of housekeeping within agreed financial controls. Experience at a similar level is essential, and having worked within a similar environment would be a distinct advantage. This post may be suitable for a senior Deputy Housekeeper seeking their first Head of Department position. An excellent salary and working conditions are offered for this demanding, rewarding, and prestigious role. Please apply in writing with a full C.V. to Peter Robinson, FHCIMA, Domestic Bursar, St Antony's College, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6JF.

Christ Church Picture Gallery is looking for a part time (8 hours) PR Assistant. The Picture Gallery houses an important collection of European paintings, drawings, and sculptures, and is open to the public. The PR Assistant primarily assists the Curator of the Picture Gallery with the promotion of the Gallery, including establishing relationships with the press, maintaining the web site and address lists and sending out mail shots. The candidate should ideally have some experience of Public Relations and of museum collections as well as being aware of the important role the Picture Gallery has within the college. Computer literacy and reliability are essential. Rate of pay: c.£7.50 per hour. Deadline: Mon., 24 Apr. Please apply by writing to the Curator of the Picture Gallery (Ms Jacqueline Thalmann) at Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford OX1 1DP, including your C.V. and the names of two referees.

The European School Culham requires from Sept. an experienced, qualified teacher of Dutch mother tongue (approx. 10 periods p.w.) to teach pupils at all levels of Secondary school, up to the Baccalaureate. Closing date: Fri., 28 Apr. Please write with your C.V. and the names and addresses of two referees to: The School Secretary, European School Culham, Abingdon OX14 3DZ. Tel.: 01235 522621. Email: esculham@eursc.org. Website: www.eursc.org

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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.

Comfortable family house in Lonsdale Road, North Oxford. Close to Summertown shops and easy bus access to the University. Fully furnished with a quiet garden. Excellent local schools. Consists of three bedrooms, study, large living room, kitchen and bathroom. G.c.h. Ideal for a visiting academic. Available from July/Aug. for 12 months. £1,100 p.m. (excl. of local council tax). Contact Dr Max Peberdy at maxpeberdy@aol.com.

Two properties: 1.) Wolvercote. Fully- furnished 4-bedroom detached house with 2 reception rooms and large rear garden. Available now for £1,500 p.m. (Ref. 2954). 2.) Summertown. Two-bedroom 2-bathroom semi-detached house in Victoria Road. Available now fully furnished for £1,150 p.m. (Ref. 2799). Please contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311 011.

Iffley borders. Furnished terrace house from June. Minimum six months. £750 p.c.m. plus utilities. Two double, one single/study, bath/shower, walk-through lounge, kitchen. Conservatory with vine, washing machine, possible use of Steinway 'O' Grand. Email: david.charles@mac.com.

Manor Cottage. Fully-furnished 2- bedroom cottage. Location set in the countryside yet so close to Oxford. Available now for £1,100 p.m. Ref.: 4458. Please contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011.

Period (1860's) house in East Oxford to rent during family sabbatical. 21 May–25 Aug. Large sunny kitchen with dining table and desk. Living room, sitting room, 3 double bedrooms (one en suite), one single room, first floor bathroom. Kitchen French Doors open out to south-facing garden. Terms negotiable, e.g. if rooms kept for storage. Contact Marie McGrath on 01865 249745. Email: marie.mcgrath@gmail.com.

An exceptional property in superior condition, finished and furnished to an extremely high standard. Three large double bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, large bathroom with roll-top bath and separate power shower, fully-fitted kitchen, large utility area. Courtyard garden. £1,650 p.c.m. Available for Michaelmas term. Contact College and County on 01865 722277 or email info@collegeandcounty.biz.

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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.

Upper Wolvercote. Large top floor flat in ideal location, 5 min. by bus from city centre. Double bedroom, good storage. Min. let one year. £570 p.c.m. excl. Available from June 2006. Tel.: 01608 811018 or 077 6201 9373.

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.

London.Very attractive 2-bedroom (or 1- bed, 1 study) canal-side garden flat in excellent central location. Five min. Primrose Hill & Regent's Park, 20 min. British Library & British Museum. £1,350 p.m. plus normal expenses. Available from June. Ideal sabbatical let, etc. One-year tenancy (or more) preferred, 6 months minimum. Contact carol@villaprimrose.co.uk.

Jericho. Newly converted 1-bedroom apartment ideal for single person. Available now for £835 p.m. Ref.: 2968. Please contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311 011.

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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).

Central North Oxford. Well-equipped, fully-furnished 1-bedroom flat from beginning of June to up to 4 months. Easy walking distance to town centre, parks, colleges, etc. Suitable for n-s visiting academic couple or single or other professionals. Contact: dorothymyers@gn.apc.org for more information.

Exceptional family house in Plantation Road, North Oxford, available to rent for one month (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.

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.

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.

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 overseas academic, or single person. Long lease (six months renewable) offered. N-s only. Available mid-Apr. References, please. Email: steph@peopleworld.freeserve.co.uk. Tel.: 01865 511276.

Wyndham Housing Association. The Wyndham Housing Association provides sheltered housing for the elderly. We offer flats for people wishing to live active, independent lives, while being relieved of the burden of housekeeping and maintenance. As a small non-profit making organization, we are able to work closely with residents and their families to ensure that each resident's needs are being met. Contact the Administrator on 01865 511239. www. wyndhamhousing.org.

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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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Office Accommodation available

Office accommodation in Oxford: North Oxford, 5 minutes 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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Accommodation Sought

Friendly n-s couple urgently require 2-bedroom flat or house in Oxford. Max. £800 p.c.m. Excellent references available. Tel.: 01865 242049. Email: janbachmann@gmx.de.

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.

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.

Friendly and reliable family with three small children looking for house for 6-month-let from mid/late June, whilst builders are in our home. Three or four bedrooms. Preferably North Oxford/Summertown/Wolvercote area. Email: alexandmags@yahoo.co.uk.

Berlin flat to exchange for any two-person accommodation in Oxford for 2–3 weeks (24 July–18 Aug.). 87 sq.m., ground floor, beautiful patio, big living/dining room, fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom, double bedroom plus pull-out bed. Situated in quiet park in green suburb. City centre easily reached by overground railway (S-Bahn), bus, and underground. Bicycles available. Cat. Photos on request. Claudia Schwede/Konrad Matyba, Kneippstr. 35, 13467 Berlin. Tel.: 0049 30 40586377. Email: K.matyba@web.de.

Visiting Italian art historian with small child seeks furnished one- or two-bedroom accommodation in Oxford from approx. 1 June–31 Aug. Possibility for house exchange in historical centre of Rome, Italy. Please contact clamalfa@yahoo.com.

Academic couple and child visiting from San Francisco seek furnished accommodation for the period of 15 June to 15 Aug. (flexible). Ideal location has 2 bedrooms and is within walking distance of South Parks Road and Oxford city centre. University host available for references. Email: mariel@math.sfsu.edu.

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.

Furnished flat wanted by quiet n-s translator and proof-reader. Pleasant outlook and quiet house. Long let preferred. Tel.: 01865 243209 (after 6 p.m.)

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Holiday Lets

Tuscany/Siena: lovely country house fully refurbished last year, with 2 doubles, swimming pool and fantastic view, easily reachable from Castelnuovo Berardenga in Chianti, 17km from Siena. See http://users.ox.ac.uk/sant1033/poggiolo/.

Tuscany, Villa S. Stefano: an ideal place for your vacation in the best of Siena area. A secluded and quiet villa in the Tuscan countryside, accommodates up to 10 people, with 3 bathrooms with jacuzzi, large dining-living room, all-appliances kitchen, air conditioning, SAT, garden, pool, BBQ, private parking. Car for hire, cooking lessons, and many other options and extras available. www.demata.tuscany.it. Tel.: +393287133951. Email: dematam@libero.it.

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.

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 http://utenti.lycos.it/fabiopetri. Email: petri@unisi.it.

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.

South-West France country cottages with own pool, near St Antonin. Relax in the tranquillity of rural France in either the spacious old Pigeonnier (sleeps 6) or in the smaller Farmhouse (sleeps 4). Both have great character and comfort and are set in an elevated position with stunning views and secluded, mature gardens. Good level of vacancies from May, but not Aug. Contact Mike or Chris via www.masdecazelles.com.

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. www.arcais.com.

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.

Converted stone barn to let in idyllic setting, 24 km south of Florence, Italy. Sleeps four, reasonable rates. No pool but beautiful lake nearby. Long-term rent negotiable. For more information please contact hemackay@tin.it. Tel.: 0039 3400777735.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wells next the Sea, Norfolk. On central green near harbour. Georgian cottage, three bedrooms, sleeps 5–6. Washer, fridge, cooker, toaster, TV, heating. Parking outside. Small gardens. Tel.: 01223 356384.

Italy. Central Rome. Beautiful, spacious, and bright flat in historical centre of Rome. Situated within 2 min. walk from Piazza Farnese, overlooking a quiet square in a 17th-century building. One double bedroom, one single bedroom, study, two bathrooms, living room. All amenities, tastefully furnished. Available from 1 June–31 Aug., but dates are flexible. Possibility for house exchange in Oxford. Please contact clamalfa@yahoo.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.

Southmoor Road, Oxford. Four-floor, terrace-end family home with 100 ft garden leading to canal. Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, large, light living room, fully-fitted basement kitchen, second living room, storage attic. Sun room leading to garden patio. Well-stocked garden. Friendly street attracting professional people. In walking distance of town centre. Private sale. £695,000. Contact 01865 316761 (evening) or 07887 905538 (any time). Email trhewitt@gmail.com for details.

Freehold house for sale in Islip, a village near Oxford. On quiet no-through road. South-facing; in attractive gardens. Two reception rooms, three bedrooms, study/4th bedroom, cloakroom with shower, bathroom. Large yard, garage, and off-street parking. £565,000 (but a reduction of £20,000 for cash sale ' no chain ' as the owner is trying to buy a house in Winchester.) Tel.: 01865 375893.

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Flats for Sale

Emden House, Old Headington, a co-operative housing association for independent retired people, has two second-floor self- contained studio flats for sale. £147,500 and £150,000. Resident warden, restaurant serving lunches, secure garage, and large, attractive gardens. Convenient for shops, park, London coaches and Oxford buses. For further details please telephone the Administrator on 01865 760127 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Mon.–Fri.).

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For Sale

W. Hoffman upright piano: fine condition, beautiful case, played 10 years by keen amateur. Professionally maintained. Private sale: £3,500. Purchaser to arrange removal. Inspection (in Oxford) by appointment. Please call 01865 439273.

Upright piano.Young Chang 118, Which?- report champion. Glorious sound, fine action, attractive walnut finish. £925 ONO. Contact Dave on 01865 748925.

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