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Oxford University Gazette, 15 March 2007 : Advertisements


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

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Gazette publication arrangements

Advertisers are asked to note that the final Gazette of Hilary term will be published on 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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Arboretum Study Mornings

Join us for a series of study mornings, 10.30 a.m.–1 p.m. Piers Newth, Assistant Curator at the Arboretum, will lead each of these walks. Mon., 16 Apr.: 'Tree and shrub planting'; Mon., 14 May: 'Care of woodland'; Mon., 14 June: 'Care of meadows'; Mon., 8 Oct.: 'Care of trees'; Mon., 5 Nov.: 'Establishment and care of coppice woodlands'. Tickets cost £16 per study morning. Public Education Programme, University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ. Tel.: 01865 286690.

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MECO Workshop

MECO (Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford) hosts a pioneering one-day textual workshop on: 'The hijab, jilbab and niqab: instrinsic or incidental to Islam?' This timely symposium, dissecting the pertinent religious texts, takes place on Sat., 17 Mar. at Wolfson College. The £20 fee includes course materials, a full lunch and break refreshments. Seating is strictly limited for this analytical workshop. Early reservation is recommended. Booking details available at www.meco.org.uk or by telephone on 01865 766032.

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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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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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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

IT Support. 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.

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.

Qualified translator (Diploma in Translation IoL) offers English to German translation services at affordable prices. Letters, leaflets, short websites, etc. Please contact 01865 242049 (leave message). Email: english_german_translations@yahoo .co.uk

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

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.

Debbie Payne Gardening & Domestic Services. RHS-trained gardener available across Oxfordshire. I carry out garden makeovers if you are selling or renting out your property or just taming your wilderness! All aspects of garden services including landscaping. Fully insured, friendly advice, free estimates/site visits. Excellent references. Domestic Services include one-off cleans and meals to freeze. Contact Debbie Payne on 07810420711 (mobile) or visit www.dpgardening.co.uk for more information.

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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.

English lessons for foreigners ' learning the flexible and easy way. CELTA qualified EFL teacher offers English tuition to individuals or groups at home (OX4) or on site. Also academic/business/medical English, thesis editing and conference preparation. Competitive fees. Contact Angela Harwood, FRGS, FRSA on 07770 738 977 (afternoons and evenings), or email angelaharwood@talktalk.net.

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

A piano teacher and a flute/recorder teacher required from Sept. for New College School (Day Preparatory Choir School for boys aged 4–13 years). Possible opportunities for ensemble work. Please contact The Principal, New College School, Savile Road, Oxford OX1 3UA. Tel: 01865 243657. Closing date: 30 Mar. Email: jasquith@newcollege.oxon.sch.uk.

Search recruitment consultant - 4 months flexi-time contract with OTE, £10k per month. Fast Track has 10 years' experience researching and publishing league tables with The Sunday Times ranking the UK's top private companies, and running events for their owners to network and meet our sponsors, including: Virgin Atlantic, PwC and UBS Wealth Management. You will be based in our office in St Clements, Oxford, and will help recruit three director-level (£100k) and three management positions (£24k - £36k). To apply go to www.fasttrack.co.uk.

We are looking for responsible and committed volunteers to work in the Oxfam Bookshop in St Giles'. The work is varied and interesting, providing opportunities to learn about valuing second-hand books and about spotting collectable ones. We sell books on the internet as well as in the shop, so computer skills are also useful. If you are interested come and collect an application form from the shop at 56 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LU, or email stgiles56@yahoo.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.

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.

Beautiful, light and airy 3–4 bedroom family home in the heart of Jericho. It has been recently refurbished and is fitted with high-quality appliances and all modern comforts. It features a large open plan living/dining room, fully-fitted modern kitchen, three bedrooms and one large study or further bedroom. We will let it furnished from Oct. 2007–Aug. 2008 (dates are somewhat negotiable) at £1,800 p.c.m. plus bills. Photographs and/or viewing available. Please contact patkica@hotmail.co.uk.

Central North Oxford house short let available 17 Apr.–25 May. Two bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, study, sitting room, kitchen/dining/garden room, garden. Furnished and equipped to high standard. Delightful cat. Suit visiting academic. £1,400 p.m. all inclusive. Email: megmovshon@mindspring.com.

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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. Email: ss.grosvenor@btinternet.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.

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.

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.

Two properties: 1.) One-bedroom ground floor furnished flat with guest bedroom/study, living room, modern kitchen, garden, garage and off-street parking for 3 cars. Wheatley location. Great access to Oxford/M40. Available May at £725 p.c.m. 2.) Two-bedroom newly built furnished first floor flat. Living/dining room, 2 double bedrooms, en suite shower room Underground parking space. Available Mar. at £850 p.c.m. Call Finders Keepers 01865 200012.

Botley/Cumnor Hill. One-bedroom first- floor flat in small recently built block at the bottom of Cumnor Hill. Light, quiet, secure. Views of Wytham woods; with parking space and shared garden. Excellently situated; 5 min. walk to shops, library, banks; easy access to countryside; on bus route 10 min. to city centre (stop right outside). Unfurnished, with kitchen and bathroom fully equipped. £660 p.c.m. Ideal postgraduate/visiting academics. Available now. Email: horder@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.

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.

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.

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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.

American academic couple plus well- behaved son (7) seek self-contained 2-bedroom accommodation in central Oxford for 3–4 weeks in July. Will pay or exchange houses. Attractive modern house in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois; access to University of Illinois library of English mss and books. Tel.: 01993 810035 or charlesmould@btconnect.com.

U.S. professor on sabbatical at Nuffield College (Aug. 2007–July 2008) seeks 3–4 bedroom furnished accommodation with parking and near a good primary school. North Oxford in the Philip and James School area would be ideal, but other areas are possible too. I expect to pay £1,500–£3,000 p.m. Email Eric Rasmusen at erasmuse@indiana.edu or call 001 812 331 0012.

House sitting. We are two responsible, female final year D.Phil students looking for house sitting opportunities in Oxford and surrounding villages over the summer, whilst writing our theses. We are happy to cat/dog sit, water the garden and do other household jobs. We could also pay rent. We are flexible with dates but are available June–Oct. References available. Please contact us to discuss any possibilities: susannah.murphy@psych.ox.ac.uk.< /p>

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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.

Italy. Lovely, small, sunny village house (historic centre), 45 min. to Rome by bus/train (frequent service). Suitable for max. 2 n-s people. Fully furnished, linen, duvets etc. provided. You need take nothing. Very quiet, ideal for study. £400 p.m. (plus bills, which amount to very little). Available July onwards, ideally for at least one month or more. Photos provided if interested. Contact Angela Fuller on 01284 704441 or email (c/o) tanya_tsikas@onetel.com.

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 £240–£485 p.w. Winter: £195 p.w. Winter breaks: £100 (3 nights). Contact Mrs Dancy on 01736 7311377 or see www.mouseholeholidays.co.uk.

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.

Cévennes. Mediterranean climate, dramatic mountain scenery, superb walking/riding/river swimming. Convenient for Roman Provence/Rhone vineyards. Two spacious refurbished c-h apartments with covered terraces in stone 'mas' near Mont Lozère (sleeping 8 and 5/6). Shady gardens, quiet hamlet—near shops. N-s, please. Available separately but particularly suitable for families wishing to holiday together but retain independence. From £245 p.w. Easy access via cheap flights Nîmes/Montpellier. Further details: 01527 541360.

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.

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.

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.

Easter and spring breaks in Devon. Comfortable and spacious seventeenth-century farmhouse in idyllic location available for weekly letting. Still available for Easter. Six bedrooms sleeping up to 12. Set in 13 acres. Detached games room. Tel.: 08122 870682. Website: www.pallastreet.co.uk.

Seville Semana Santa. Last minute opportunity to experience the world's finest holy week processions! Spacious two-bedroom apartment in old historic centre of Seville, overlooking quiet plant-filled courtyard, with large roof terrace and views over the city, cathedral and Giralda. Available from 3–10 Apr. at bargain price. Contact emmeline@mcsharry.net.

For holidays or out-of-season study residence: carefully restored farmhouse in tranquil south-west France, suitable for 2–6+, now available for flexible letting periods and starting dates (e.g. mid-week), with generous discounts for Oxford contacts. Fully equipped, 10 m pool (summer only), log- burning stove and g.c.h., constant hot water, excellent local support. Not available in Aug. Initial enquiries please to harry.judge@bnc.ox.ac.uk.

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House for Sale

Spacious, elegant family home. Four large bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, modern kitchen with dining area, bathroom, utility room, wc. Large garden and garage, easy access to central Oxford. £465,000 freehold. Tel.: 01865 779872.

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