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Oxford University Gazette, 8 March 2007 : Advertisements


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Gazette publication arrangements

Advertisers are asked to note that the remaining Gazettes of Hilary term will be published on 15 March and 22 March. Publication for Trinity Term will start on 19 April. The usual deadline will continue to apply (see above).

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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 in Wadham College, Parks Road. Visitors are welcome. Graduates of any university and of all ages are eligible for membership. 9 Mar., John Tolson, seafarer and film maker: 'Antarctica—the enigma. History and travels' (tbc). Members: £5 per term. Visitors: £1.50 per meeting.

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International Library Forum

16–18 Apr., Earls Court, London. The International Library Forum at the London Book Fair offers free seminars on 18 Apr. to librarians, students, lecturers and free exhibition space for unique collections from libraries, archives, museums and theatres. The forum invites speakers to present a paper on 1) interlibrary loans with foreign academic institutions, and 2) library collection material used in film productions. Contact: hannagreene@hotmail.co.uk.

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Conferences

Green Economics Institute. Progressive economics invitation to the Oxford University 2-day Green Economics Conference: 'Challenges of Social and Environmental Justice' at Mansfield College, 3–4 Apr. An international conference covering the newly emerging discipline of green economics with special delegations from China, India and Nigeria; including sessions on poverty prevention, environmental justice, energy, and feminism. For a detailed list of speakers and booking information see our website www.greeneconomics.org.uk.

Day Conference: 'The Archaeology of the Oxfordshire Thames Valley', Christ Church, Sat., 8 Sept. For further details contact Academic Study and Travel, 3 Whites Forge, Appleton, Abingdon, OX13 5LG. Email: trevor@academic-study.com.

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Leckford Place School

Leckford Place is Oxford's new independent day school. Fully co-educational from age 11, the school offers a distinctive new option in independent education for parents and children in Oxfordshire. Scholarships: academic, art and performing arts. All information from the Registrar, Mrs Corinna Hilton, on 01865 302620. www.leckfordplace.com.

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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 so that 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/collection is also available. For full details on services offered and contact information visit www.scottbennettrestoration.co.uk.

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Services Offered

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).

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.

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: rob@robguthrie.com. Web: www.robguthrie.com.

Isis van man. Your local and UK light removal and delivery service. www.isisvanman.com. Tel.: 08702 404629. Email: help@isisvanman.com.

Portrait sculpture. Ruth Bader Gilbert offers portrait sculpture to academics and their families. Ruth is a local artist who has made many portraits of Oxford academics. Her work is currently on show at the Oxford Town Hall's new gallery with Oxford Art Society until 2 Mar. More information on www.ruthbadergilbert.net, or tel.: 01865 559176.

Need more space for books, files or even clothes? We have carpenters available to make bespoke bookshelves and wardrobes in the Oxford area. Call 0800 583 3210 or email info@fandsdoors.com. Websites: www.fireandsecuritydoor.co.uk or www.fireandsecuritydoors.com.

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Domestic Services

Carpet/upholstery/rug cleaning by Grimebusters, Oxfordshire's local specialists. Domestic, commercial and college. We offer you the latest wet or dry cleaning systems at highly competitive rates. Fully insured, trained and NCCA approved. Free estimates and friendly advice. Tel.: 01865 726983 / 01235 555533 / 01993 868924.

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Tuition Offered

Learn to drive really well with an Advanced Driving Instructor who has been teaching in Oxford for 13 years with a 75% pass rate (national average: 45%). Free one hour when you book your first two-hour lesson. Intensive courses, motorway and refresher lessons all tailored to suit your needs. Call Paul on 07786 176122. Email: ACzyba@aol.com. Website: www.instructortraining.org.uk.

Welsh marches study break, 25–29 Apr., based at Feathers Hotel, Ludlow. Further details from Academic Study and Travel, 3 Whites Forge, Appleton, OX13 5LG. Email: trevor@academic-study.com.

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Situations Vacant

Library Assistant, St Antony's College. The College seeks a trained OLIS cataloguer for a maximum 18-month appointment working on the retrospective conversion of the library's pre-1990 catalogue. Applicants should want to be part of a small library team, in a community of graduate and research members specialising in the social sciences and modern history. Generous holidays and other benefits. Salary: £15,284–£17,636 (grade 3). Closing date: 15 Mar. Further details are available on the College's website at http://www.sant.ox.ac.uk/people/vac ancies.shtml or from the College Secretary, St Antony's College, Oxford OX2 6JF. Tel.: 01865 274479. Email: jill.flitter@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Accounts Assistant, Mansfield College. The College is looking to make a full-time appointment for an Accounts Assistant (36.5 hours p.w.). The post holder will be required to process the purchase ledger and student invoicing functions, in addition to providing bookkeeping/accounts clerical support in a busy accounts office. We are looking for someone who is highly motivated, with excellent organisational skills and the ability to meet tight deadlines. In return we can offer some flexibility over the pattern of the hours worked, free lunch when College meals are available and 20 days annual leave, in addition to the College closed periods and Bank Holidays. The appointment includes a final salary pension scheme and other benefits associated with an Oxford college. Salary in the range £15,284–£17,636 p.a. with an agreed increase of 3% w.e.f. 1 Aug. 2007. Applications will need to be returned by Fri., 16 Mar. and interviews will take place the week commencing Mon., 26 Mar. Further particulars are available from Dawn Oliver at dawn.oliver@mansfield.ox.ac.uk Tel.: 01865 282888. Mansfield College, Mansfield Rd, Oxford, OX1 3TF.

Conference and Events Assistant, Mansfield College. The College is looking to make a new 20 hours, part-time appointment for a Conference and Events Assistant in order to build on its increased conference business. The post holder will be required to provide administrative support in all aspects of conferencing and events during term and vacation. We are looking for someone who is highly motivated, with excellent customer service and communication skills and the ability to deal with people at all levels. In return we can offer some flexibility over the 20 hours worked, free lunch when College meals are available and 20 days annual leave, pro rata, in addition to the College closed periods and Bank Holidays. Salary £15,000 pro rata p.a. plus participation in the College Conference Bonus Scheme. The appointment includes a final salary pension scheme and other benefits associated with an Oxford college. Applications will need to be returned by Fri., 16 Mar. and interviews will take place the week commencing Mon., 26 Mar. Further particulars are available from Lynne Quiggin at lynne.quiggin@mansfield.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 282888. Mansfield College, Mansfield Rd, Oxford, OX1 3TF.

Medical Administrator/Secretary. Full- or part-time, £8.50 per hour. Small, friendly GP practice in Oxford city centre seeks Administrator/Secretary to offer an excellent service to our patients, and to us! This involves typing up documents, processing referrals, and assisting people to negotiate the NHS and private systems. Healthcare experience is useful but not essential. Start date 2 July. Contact Charlotte Robinson on 01865 311811 for an application form. Web: www.28beaumontstreet.co.uk.

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Houses to Let

An Englishman's home is his castle—so the saying goes. We cannot pretend that we have too many castles on offer but if you are seeking quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area we may be able to help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel, and other professionals. Our aim is to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit our website at http://www.qbman.co.uk and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or email us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533. Fax: 01865 764777. Email: info@qbman.co.uk.

Stylish Victorian house, Cowley Road OX4 1HR, 5 min. walk to City centre. Recently refurbished, furnished, 4 double bedrooms, separate sitting/dining rooms, wooden floors, new kitchen, g.c.h., microwave, washing machine. 40 ft rear walled garden with back access to alley. £1,600 p.c.m. Available 1 Aug. Mobile: 07789 765 867. Email: margaretevison@yahoo.co.uk.

Beautifully restored house (dating from the eighteenth century) in ancient centre of pretty village, 6 miles from Oxford. Four bedrooms, three 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 from our door (20 min. journey). Perfect for visiting academic family. Available 25 Mar.–12 Apr. £425 p.w. Email: jmacclancy@brookes.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 483951 (work) or 01865 880142 (home).

Coach house with view to let. Idyllically situated coach house, views over Blenheim Park, Woodstock, twice-hourly bus to Oxford. Kitchen, dining/sitting room, bathroom, double bedroom, off-street parking. Ideal for professional single person or couple. £690 p.c.m. plus bills. Available Apr. Contact 01993 813569 or 07976 438336.

Available 1 Sept., furnished house, North Oxford. Walk to University, near best schools, parks, cozy, quiet, easy to maintain, c.h., secluded garden. 1 1/2 bathrooms, washer, dryer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, telephone, linen, dishes. Two bedrooms at £1,350 p.m. or three bedrooms at £1,650 p.m. Contact A. Gaston on tel. 001 613 745 1368 (Canada) or email gaston@cyberus.ca.

Central North Oxford. Three-bedroom family house for short-term let in quiet street, Walton Manor near Jericho. Comfortable, fully equipped, all facilities. Garden, near Port Meadow and Phoenix cinema, Jericho cafés, 15 min. walk to city centre. Available 1 May–20 July (dates negotiable). Contact John on 01865 454149 or jas.elsner@ccc.ox.ac.uk. £1,000 p.c.m. incl. bills and national phone calls to land lines.

Lower Wolvercote. Edwardian semi- detached house; one double, one single bedroom, bathroom, large living/dining area, kitchen, lean-to conservatory, garden. Quiet no through road. Bus to city centre every 15 min. G.c.h. Unfurnished with curtains, fridge/freezer, cooker, washing machine. Long-term let available. Would suit n-s professional couple or small family. £900 p.c.m. Contact pchaston@paulchaston.co.uk or telephone 01865 404010.

Dorset home in need of tender loving care. A postgraduate looking for peace and quiet or an ecologist looking for a challenge? Pros: bungalow in half acre of ground in picturesque Beaminster. Rental £240 p.m. (plus electricity). Eight miles from Jurassic Coast. Cons: Overgrown—mowing grass in front of property/trimming hedges, coal-fired c.h. Two double bedrooms, large living area, kitchen, bathroom. Tel: 01865 241899. Email: barker_sylvia@hotmail.com.

Great 3-bedroom house in Central North Oxford near Port Meadow. Rent £1,175 p.c.m. Available now. Fully furnished, modern house (fridge, freezer, washing machine, dish washer). Large double; one large single; and one box room. Phil and Jim primary school catchment. Good sized garden. Drive/off-street parking. Five min. to Walton Street shops/bars/restaurants. Contact 07814 421899.

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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: lovely fully-furnished ground floor flat with large double bedroom, large single study/bedroom, large drawing room, kitchen, bathroom. Back door to terrace and large secluded garden. Off-street parking. Available now. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789092274.

Central North Oxford. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, lounge, kitchen/diner, top-floor flat in a grand Victorian house within minutes' walk from most University departments. Best suited to mature and/or visiting academics, refurbishment just completed. £895 p.c.m. plus utility and council tax if applicable. Tel. 01865 516144. Email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Attractive fully-furnished two bedroom apartment to rent for up to 6 months (negotiable) from 1 Apr. Large rooms, two floors. Excellent central Oxford location near shops restaurants, etc. On- street parking available. Would suit visiting academic. Reasonable rent for the right person. Circa £650 p.c.m. 01865 242738 (leave message).

Elegant 1-bedroom ground floor flat in St Margaret's Road, central north Oxford. Double bedroom, large sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. Fully furnished and equipped, washing machine and g.c.h. Use of charming shared garden. £830 p.c.m. plus utility bills and council tax. Available from May. Let of 6 months or longer preferred. Tel.: 01865 343384. Email: dianabelli@btinternet.com.

Observatory Street. Recently refurbished first-floor flat suitable for one n-s person only. Large bed-sitting room, eat-in kitchen, full bathroom. Fully furnished and equipped. Separate entrance to flat (owner uses ground floor as study). £750 p.m. including all utilities and council tax (except phone). Tel.: 01865 515608 or email clarkbrundin@btinternet.com.

Purpose-built, sunny, private, fully- furnished, comfortable garden flat. Two double bedrooms, sitting/dining room, kitchen, bathroom with shower. Bordering Cutteslowe Park with easy access to the city centre, buses every ten minutes. Broadband and off-street parking. Available for short or long lets, 15 Apr.–15 Nov. £750 p.m. long let or £450 p.w. short let. Tel.: 01865 552245.

Two properties: 1.) One-bedroom apartment. Well-presented first floor flat with contemporary furniture, bright living/dining room and modern kitchen, smart shower room, parking. Suit professional single person/couple. Available Mar. £715 p.c.m. 2.) One- bedroom apartment. First-floor flat in Headington. Modern and fully furnished in gated development with allocated parking. Suit academic. Popular location for Oxford hospitals. Available Apr. £725 p.c.m. Call Finders Keepers on 01865 200012.

Abingdon, Marina. Modern 2-bedroom ground floor apartment. £750 p.c.m. Tel.: 07788 450257.

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Accommodation Offered

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

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

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.

Comfortable, attractive B&B accommodation. Close to bus stop. 1.5 miles to High Street. Quiet and pleasant garden. No television. Nearby river walks. £40 per night. Concessions for longer term. Tel.: 01865 770501. Email: colejustine@yahoo.co.uk.

Rooms in small theological college situated in Marston Street, a quiet road running between Cowley and Iffley road, a 5 min. walk to the centre of town. All rooms have washbasins. Use of kitchen is available. Some twin and double rooms also available. Very pleasant location with large gardens. Meals can also be taken in college during term time. These rooms are available for short or longer lets. Contact Alice Willington on 01865 247874 or alice.willington@ssho.ox.ac.uk.

Wootton village, easy access to Oxford/Abingdon. Available again! Share superb luxurious townhouse near shops and countryside. Private suite of two freshly-furnished rooms, pleasant views, broadband, TV point, plus own bathroom. In addition, share wonderfully-equipped kitchen/diner, conservatory, garden and occasional chats over coffee with me! Few mins. drive Redbridge or Botley park-and-ride, or A34/ring road. Ideal 1–2 Uni or visiting staff. No smokers. £530 p.c.m. + deposit/bills. Contact Avril on 01865 327988 or avrilamail-misc@yahoo.co.uk.

London. Double room in 2-bedroom flat. Lovely bright large living room and new kitchen/diner in quiet spacious Victorian block. Near Oval/Stockwell tubes (zone 2), Northern and Victoria Lines. Good bus services, friendly local shops. Share flat with one happy, busy mature medical student. Rent £87 p.w./£375 p.c.m. excluding bills. Further info please contact zchac80@ucl.ac.uk or 08973 525 698.

Lodger required Mon.–Fri. or Sun. evening–Fri. for lovely peaceful room available from mid-Mar. in attractive and comfortable old family farmhouse. Rural setting, in village a few minutes' drive from Water Eaton or Pear Tree Park and Ride and North Oxford. £70 p.w. inclusive of bills. Parking, use of facilities including garden. Would suit young, sociable but considerate n-s professional/postgraduate weekly commuter. Reference required. Tel.: 01869 350034 or 07990 513006. Email: f.teddy@btinternet.com.

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Self-catering Apartments

Fully-furnished and serviced 3 and 4-star self- catering apartments available in North Oxford; 15 min. from Oxford city centre. Suitable for short lets for visiting academics or business people. From £330 p.w. all inclusive. Sleeps 2–5 people. Tel.: 07870 234725. Website: http://www.weeklyhome.com. Email: info@weeklyhome.com.

OxfordShortlets offers a portfolio of high quality self-catering short let properties as an excellent alternative to hotel/guesthouse and bed and breakfast accommodation in Oxford and the surrounding villages. We have a wide selection of quality homes available for short stay lets from 1 week up to several months. OxfordShortlets provides property rental on a short-term basis for professional individuals, groups or families requiring housing while visiting Oxford for holiday/vacation, business/academic, relocation purposes or temporary accommodation in between homes. For more information, please call us on 01865 311696, fax us on 01865 511010, email admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk or visit our website at www.oxfordshortlets.co.uk.

Luxury serviced apartments in the centre of Oxford. Ten per cent discount for all members of, or visitors to, the University of Oxford. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, separate lounge/diner. Computer, printer, Internet access, satellite TV, allocated parking, secure entry system, welcome pack and much more. From as little as £30 per person per night. Minimum of two nights' stay. Contact Ambassador's Oxford on 07795 955918. Email: ambassoxford@btinternet.com. Website: www.ambassadorsoxford.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: 01865 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.

House swap for Michaelmas term 2007, London–Oxford. Visiting Fellow wishes to swap Victorian 3-storey, 3- bedroom house with study, 2 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms, dining kitchen, utility room and small garden near Mile End tube and Victoria Park, London E3, for central Oxford accommodation to suit 2 adults and 2 small children. Contact tweedpipe@aol.com or 07980 610322.

Retired American museum director and family require housing for one year sabbatical commencing Aug. Best references. Prefer furnished three or four bedrooms and minimum two bathrooms close to Oxford or Headington. Email: ss.ii@verizon.net.

Wanted: fully-furnished flat or house to rent. From 16 Apr. (approximately). 1–2 bedrooms needed. Must be quiet and close to Warneford Hospital because I will work there as a doctor. Additional services—e.g. cleaning, breakfast—welcome. Thus, also a guesthouse/ B&B may be possible. Please tel. 0049 40 8891 3939 or fax 0049 40 8891 3938. Alternatively, email Denker2000@web.de.

Washington Post journalist and his family seek furnished 2+ bedroom house/flat within walking distance of university, from Aug. 2007 to July 2008. We are four, including two teenaged girls and a well-behaved dog. Ideal location would be North Oxford, Walton Manor, Jericho, etc. We're also up for swapping our conveniently located suburban Washington home. Email kellyj@washpost.com or jrgbkelly@mindspring.com.

Two+ bedroom house required 5 July–5 Aug. or part thereof for a returning Oxford academic family with two young children. To rent or to exchange with a 4-bedroom, 2- bathroom family house in Melbourne, Autralia. Excellent references. For further details contact Mrs Sanders on 01865 739486.

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Holiday Lets

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

Venice, Italy. Charming apartment, just in the centre (S. Samuele vaporetto stop). Fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living room. Can sleep 5. £700 p.w. Contact: tagariello@libero.it.

Greek Island Holidays. Local Villa specialist offers private pool villas, cottages and apartments in magnificent settings on the unspoilt and picturesque Greek islands of Skopelos and Alonissos. Private pool villas from only £80 p.p./p.w. Website: www.holidayislands.com. Email: thalpos@otenet.gr. Tel: +30 24240 29036. Fax: +30 24240 23057.

Spey Valley (Scottish Highlands, Cairngorm National Park). Self-catering bungalow, sleeps four, open fire, bath and electric shower, non-smoking. Spectacular peaceful location on the very edge of moorland, overlooking Insh marshes (RSPB reserve) and Monadhliath mountains (Ben Nevis visible sometimes). Red squirrels often seen. Forest walks behind the house (e.g. to Glen Feshie). Kingussie five miles, Aviemore ski area twenty miles. £230–£410. Tel.: 01540 661612 or email ivorellis@btinternet.com or view via http://ellis-properties.tripod.com.

Italy: 1.) Umbria. Traditional stone villa in national park, 5 miles north-east of Assisi. Gardens, superb views, wildlife, quiet. Kitchen/dining/sitting room. Two double family bedrooms, large bathroom, terrace. Car essential. 2.) Lake Como. Apartment in village house, closely overlooking the lake. One double bedroom, sitting room, kitchenette, bathroom, open arched terrace. 25 min. from Como city. For either let: £350 p.w./£650 per fortnight. Tel.: 01865 768775. www.casellarosmarino.co.uk.

Paris. We (college fellow and friend) have a beautiful, well-equipped, privately-run one-bedroom flat, very central in the Marais, in a beautiful pedestrianised square. Close to Place des Vosges. First floor, large sitting room with en suite kitchen, bedroom and bathroom (shower). Short or medium lets. See www.ajparisflats.com for more details or email joe.chamberlain@tiscali.co.uk.

Cévennes region of southern France, between Nîmes, Montpellier, Ales and Millau. Chambres d'hôte ('B&B'). La Vialle, in the heart of typical cévenol village full of charm, has 5 double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. The village has excellent facilities; ideal base for walking holidays (experienced, qualified guide available). A warm welcome guaranteed! Open all year from Easter. Contact Rachel/André (English and French spoken). Tel.: 0033 (0)499 530085. Email: rachelwender@wanadoo.fr. www.aumessas.com.

Holiday lets, Pembrokeshire. Bungalow in a 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. £40 per night. Part weeks acceptable outside school holidays. Well-behaved animals welcome. For more details, email glenjohn@talk21.com or call 01239 841 223.

Umbria. Holiday cottage for rent. Adjacent to the peaceful borgo of Castel di Fiori. Perugia, Orvieto and Chiusi are easily accessible. Trains to Rome and Florence leave from our local railway station. The cottage sleeps four. There is a kitchen, bathroom, living room and a mezzanine, a terrace and parking. There are marked walking trails through the woods and along Lake Trasimeno. For information please contact 0039 0763 837186. Email: blchatterton@tiscalinet.it.

Tuscany near Bagni di Lucca. Farmhouse sleeps eight in 4 double/twin bedrooms. Own 15 m-swimming pool. Rural hillside position with wonderful views. Restaurant nearby, village about 1 mile. Pisa 1 1/4 hours, Florence 1 1/2 hours. July/Aug. £1,200 p.w., May, June, Sept. £750 p.w. Contact smbriant@yahoo.com or phone us on 01869 331566.

West Devon. Detached holiday cottage available from week commencing Fri., 20 July to Fri., 31 Aug. only. Small private site, 30 min. coast or Dartmoor. Heated indoor swimming pool, fishing lake, play area, laundry. Walking distance to village shop/pub. Two bedrooms, TV, video/DVD player, fridge, dishwasher. Large decking area, views over Dartmoor. £550 p.w. Email margaret.webb1@which.net for info and photos or phone 0705 015 7172.

Spring and summer holidays in Porec Istria. Beautiful spacious apartment in centre of Venetian-style old town. Sea within walking distance. Sleeps 7/8. Heating if necessary. Well equipped for families. Masses to do for all ages. Very cheap Ryanair flights to Pula (40 miles away). From £42 per day for apartment. Email ann.buchanan@socres.ox.ac.uk for further details.

French Pyrenees. Two traditional stone houses, at 850m with wonderful views (Chateau de Montsegur), ideal for walking and relaxing. All facilities included for £170–£300 p.w., depending on numbers. We are 1¼ hours from Carcassone. Please tel.: 00 33 5610 13046, for photographs and more information.

Isle of Wight. Magic rural location near Yarmouth. Traditional, unmodernised cottage with fantastic garden (croquet lawn, summer house) and vegetable patch. Perfect for quick escape from reality. Five min. drive from Wightlink ferry. Sleeps 6. Fully furnished with standard appliances. Bed linen and towels are not supplied. No smokers or pets. £950 p.w. Phone for availability on 01865 515636 (evenings or leave a message on answer phone). Email: j.sichel@btopenworld.net.

Summer in Southern France. Wine, olives, sunflowers and Roman countryside: near stunning Uzes, fabulous market. Village farmhouse, 3 double bedrooms/2 bathrooms, large private garden, shady terraces. Swimming, canoeing, hiking nearby Pont du Gard; Carmargues sandy beaches and nature reserve 80 min.; Arles, Avignon (TGV), Nîmes (airport), Cévennes mountains, all 60 min.; local festivals. Perfect relaxing/cultured holiday Minimum 2 weeks. Low rates to ensure our home is occupied sympathetically. Email: alan.berman@green.ox.ac.uk.

Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. Spacious and comfortable apartment on two floors within attractive Victorian property. Magnificent views over Morecambe Bay towards Arnside and Silverdale. Ideal for exploring both lakes and dales. Sleeps 4–5 comfortably. Reasonable rates. For details contact Kate Brown on 01993 881843 or email katebrown@hanborough.freeserve.co. uk.

Vacation rentals, USA. Colonial house in southern New Hampshire (in 100 acres of wooded land), one hour drive from Boston: comprising 2 double bedrooms (both with queen size beds and single bed), large living room, kitchen and bathroom. Broadband. HDTV etc. Rentals £375 p.w. For further information ring M. Chandler on 01865 241685 or email mardichandler@hotmail.co.uk.

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House for Sale

Cottage for sale. Rural retreat in the Lake District, tucked away yet easily accessible. Penrith 5 miles, Ullswater 2 miles. Beautifully refurbished, 3 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, open plan living/kitchen area with Esse range and stone fireplace. Fully double glazed; oil-fired c.h. Large south-west facing garden with insulated log cabin ideal as studio. Stunning views over fields and fells. Price: £275,000. Phone 01865 763834 or 077881 74785.

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Flat for Sale

Retirement flat for sale. Charming ground floor flat (bedroom, living room with bar/kitchen, walk-in shower/bathroom) in Summertown. Lovely view of walled garden. Warden-assisted premises for over-sixties with two meals provided daily. £60,000 (with £600 p.m. for food, all utilities and maintenance). Tel.: 01865 558862.

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Houses/Flats for Sale and to Let

Houses/flats for sale in Tuscany and Abruzzo. Holiday houses/flats for rent in Tuscany, Elba and Sardinia. Also, Italian language courses with accommodation offered in Florence and Sardinia. For further information call Angela Harwood Postiglione FRGS, FRSA, on 07770 738 977 (afternoons or evenings) or email angelaharwood@talktalk.net

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