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Oxford University Gazette, 19 April 2007 : 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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Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture

The inaugural Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture will take place in Cambridge at 4.30 p.m. on Wed., 9 May and will be given by Professor Stephen Hawking. Professor Hawking will speak on 'Out of a Black Hole'. Anyone interested in attending should contact c.billington@damtp.cam.ac.uk for a (free) ticket. Further information about the Memorial Lecture series can be found at http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/gr/about/andrew-chamblin.html.

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Joseph Butler Society Lectures

The Joseph Butler Society presents: 1.) Professor Peter Byrne (King's College London), 'Kant on happiness and the highest good'. Mon., 30 April, 8.15 p.m./8.30 p.m. Small Senior Common Room, Oriel College. 2.) Dr Michael Rea (University of Notre Dame, US), 'Realism in Metaphysics and Theology'. Mon., 7 May, 8.15 p.m./8.30 p.m. Small Senior Common Room, Oriel College.

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Special Service

A service to commemorate Anzac Day and the Battle of Gallipoli will be held in the chapel of University College at 6 p.m. on Wed., 25 Apr. All welcome. Enquiries to anna.oldmeadow@univ.ox.ac.uk.

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Volunteers Sought

Volunteer Guides Required. The Bodleian Library offers local, national and foreign visitors the opportunity to learn more about the historic buildings that form the heart of the University and about the history of the Library's collections from medieval times up to the present day. We have over 200,000 visitors each year for which we provide a range of guided tours and information. For nearly twenty years, these tours have been conducted by a team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers. We are currently looking to increase our team of Volunteer Guides and are seeking people with an ability and desire to communicate to visitors accurate information in a clear, friendly manner. Full training, information and support will be given. If you are interested in becoming a Bodleian Volunteer Guide, please contact 01865 277216 for more information or an application form.

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Help Wanted

College student needed to help retired educator (Central Oxford) with computer problems on a sporadic, not regular, basis. Very flexible reg. time. Sessions of preferably 2 ½ hours occasionally. Offering £25 to £30 for 2 ½ hour session, assisting with Windows XP, MS Word, the internet, etc. Students only, please, no professionals need apply. Tel.: 01865 722087.

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Parking Space Wanted

Parking space wanted near to Jericho or city centre. From May/June. Initially for 2/3 days p.w. Tel.: 01865 716211.

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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.

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Domestic Services

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.

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.

Two-hour landscape design, Oxford and California. Fill your garden with colour with perennials, annuals and climbers, in the style of Gertrude Jekyll. For leaflet please contact Jeanne Bliss on 01865 515379 or email jeanne@blissgreenprint.freeserve.co.uk .

Devoted nanny available (would live out in own home). Nineteen years' experience. Excellent references. Tel.: 01869 250558.

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Tuition Offered

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.

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Situations Vacant

A history teacher is required from Sept. for New College School (Day Preparatory Choir School for boys aged 4–13 years). Able to offer sport an advantage. Please contact The Principal, New College School, Savile Road, Oxford OX1 3UA. Tel.: 01865 243657. Email: jasquith@newcollege.oxon.sch.uk.

Part-time tutor panel, Department for Continuing Education. We wish to recruit part-time, locally based, tutors. Applicants should be well-qualified academically with experience in university, adult education. Hourly paid language tutors are required for evening classes teaching in Swedish and German. Closing date: 4 May 2007. Please email: staffdev@conted.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 270368.

Personal Administrator/Studio Assistant for two Oxford children's authors/illustrators, Summertown studio. Approx. 8 flexible hours p.w., mainly in studio. £10 per hour negotiable. Required experience: Excel, Word, bookkeeping, mature business writing style. Prefer experienced Mac user and familiarity with Photoshop/image processing. Will not consider applicants for less than 1-year appointment. Please provide references and C.V. via email to Ted Dewan and Helen Cooper on ted.dewan@wormworks.com.

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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.

Family house in Wolvercote. Well furnished and equipped, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large sunny living/dining room, kitchen, sitting room, garage/utility, large garden. Ten min. by bus to Oxford City centre. Available from mid-Aug. for 12 months. We would like to find a friendly family to care for our home while we are away. £1,390 p.m. Email: jeremy.allan@wanadoo.fr. Tel.: 0033 5 6540 3512.

Beautiful house situated off Cumnor Hill, Oxford, 2 ½ miles from Carfax and a few minutes' walk from the European School bus stop. Five bedrooms, 3 ½ bathrooms, 3 large reception rooms, exceptional and secluded one acre garden with views of the spires. Almost unfurnished but the usual electric appliances are all provided. Available from Aug. £2,500 p.c.m. Please contact 01865 862697 or yellowsocks@ntlworld.com.

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. Newly decorated. Ideal for professional single person or couple. £690 p.c.m. plus bills. Available now. Contact 01993 813569 or 07976 438336.

Detached chalet-style house, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire (cul-de-sac in quiet village). Large sitting room, dining room, study/playroom/4th bedroom, 3 double bedrooms, 2 de luxe bathrooms, luxury fitted kitchen (all machines), conservatory, garden and patio. Garage, off-road parking, secure fencing and gates. Fully furnished with all china, linen, pans, utensils, etc. £1,100 p.c.m. Deposit £1,600. Tel.: 01235 834740. Email: diamar@onetel.com.

Available 1 Sept.: furnished house, North Oxford. Walk to university, near best schools, parks, cosy, quiet, easy to maintain, c.-h., secluded garden, 1 1/2 bathrooms. Washer, dryer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, telephone, linen, dishes. Two bedrooms. £1,350 p.m. or 3 bedrooms at £1,650 p.m. Contact (in Oxford): John Mackrell. Email: john.mackrell@gmail.com. Tel.: 01865 775567. Contact (in Canada): A. Gaston. Email: gaston@cyberus.ca. Tel.: 001 613 745 1368.

Spacious town house in South Oxford, close to park and swimming pool. Five bedrooms, exceptionally spacious lounge and beautiful French style kitchen/dining area, two bathrooms, and garden at the back. Fully-equipped., c.h., dishwasher, etc. The house is in a quiet neighbourhood and ten min. from central Oxford. Ideally suited for group of mature students, professionals wanting to share, or for family. Available from Sept. Please contact 01865 429285 (answer machine).

1.) North Oxford. Furnished modern town house offering 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen/diner/lounge, conservatory, garden and a garage. Available now for £1,150 p.m. (Ref. 2919). 2.) Boars Hill. Fully-furnished cottage. Two bedrooms, sitting room with fireplace, small front and rear garden. Available now for £775 p.m. (Ref. 2445). 3) Boars Hill: Unfurnished charming Victorian cottage. Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, garage, front and rear gardens. Available now for £1,250 p.m. (Ref. 2536). Please contact Finders Keepers on 01865 311011.

Comfortable furnished family home in Marston. Easy walk/cycle to city centre, half a mile from John Radcliffe Hospital. Off-road parking. Three bedrooms (2 large, 1 small), generous living room, reception/study, dining room with access to mature garden. Separate music room with piano. Perfect for young family or working professionals. £1,200 p.c.m. Offered for 3-month lets or longer. Available immediately. Tel.: 01865 248935.

Two separate (but close to each other) 4- bedroom, comfortable, quiet furnished houses available from 25 Apr. for 1–4 months. Binsey Lane, Helen Road, 15 min. walk to centre of town. Washing machine, fridge/freezer, telephone, linen, dishes at reduced rents £275–£300 per person (min. three) or £1,050–£1,150 for four p.m. inclusive of utilities (heating, electricity, water). Incoming phone line, dial out possible using phone card. Contact opus@herald.ox.ac.uk or 01865 201810.

House in Summertown available from 20 Sept. to 13 Nov. Two bedrooms, two sitting rooms, study/studio, large kitchen with dining area, pretty garden. Close to amenities, such as shops, library, sport centre, and buses. Would suit couple or two people sharing. No smokers or pets. £300 p.w. Contact maicundall@waitrose.com or call 01865 556652.

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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.

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.

North and Central North Oxford apartments. Two 1-bedroom apartments available from early July and from mid-Oct. at £725 p.c.m. Two 2-bedroom apartments available from July at £825 p.c.m. and £950 p.c.m. All furnished and equipped; suitable for mature professionals and visiting academics. Tel.: 01865 516144. Email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.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: DVL23@talktalk.net.

Available from 6 Aug.: Newly refurbished furnished accommodation in central Oxford townhouse. Would suit visiting academic or couple with University/College association. Living room, study, kitchen, double bedroom, bathroom. Phone and internet access. Walking distance from University libraries, museums, science area and colleges. £1,350 p.c.m. including bills. Short-term let only (1–3 months). Contact David Griffiths on 01865 278222 (Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.) or email david.griffiths@orinst.ox.ac.uk.

Academic guests are welcome in July and Aug. One single and one twin room available. £100 per person p.w. inclusive of all bills. The house is located in East Oxford, clean, and only one academic lives here. Two min. to bus stop (buses run frequently) and 25 min. walk to city centre through beautiful university park. Email: miriamoxford@yahoo.com.

Female wanted to share small North Oxford house (Frenchay Road) with one other female. Own very large ground floor room and separate phone. Share kitchen and bathroom. Non-smoker essential. Suit postgraduate/mature student/teacher etc. £230 p.c.m., plus share of electricity, gas, water and council tax bills (average £320 p.m. for everything mentioned). One year minimum let. Available May. Ring Victoria on 01865 514566 (Mon.–Fri., office hours) or email Victoria@vacationwork.co.uk.

Large single room near the University parks. Available now. £300 p.m. inclusive of bills apart from contributing to gas and electricity. Call 078869 46376.

Headington. Accommodation in quiet house offered to graduate/mature man. Own bed-sitting room, shared facilities, parking. From mid-Apr. £260 p.m. One month's notice on either side. Tel.: 01865 765137.

Immaculate fully-furnished house with garden and off-street parking. Lovely double room available. Occasional house share with female owner. Quiet OX4 location. £500 p.c.m. excl. bills. Email houseox4@tiscali.co.uk.

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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.

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.

Visiting academic family with 2 young children require house or flat with 3 + bedrooms to rent in or around Oxford. 29 June–4 Aug. or any part thereof. Email mtbcurrie@gmail.com or phone grandparents on 01865 201840 in first instance.

House or flat wanted from 23 June to 31 July near centre of Oxford. Fully furnished with 3 bedrooms, yard or garden. For academic visitor to Astrophysics, with spouse and two toddlers. Please contact Ms Ferraro-Wood at v.ferraro-wood1@physics.ox.ac.uk or 01865 273302.

Visiting academic couple with 2 children seek furnished house or flat with 2–3 bedrooms to rent in Oxford. 1 July–31 Aug. Email borondo@ono.com.

Professional couple seeking flat to rent in Oxford for July 2007 (2–4 weeks). Would consider home exchange with Hong Kong flat. Please contact Lindy Purves on 01902 896035.

Anglo-American academic family (children 10 and 13) seek house in or close to Oxford for 10 months from approx. 1 Sept. for sabbatical at Nissan Institute (St. Antony's College). Prefer furnished, 3–4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, garden. Email: laurence@bowdoin.edu. Tel. (USA): 001 207 725 3528 (or parents in UK: 01491 872302).

Visiting academic requires two-bedroom furnished house for short let from 8/9 June–1 Sept. Non-smoker, no pets. Please email m.j.a.penninx@uva.nl or call (Netherlands): 0031 20 5253629 (office) or 0031 182522813 (home).

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Italy. Clusane on the southern shore of Lago d'Iseo; famous for its beautiful scenery and perfect for exploring by bicycle, car or boat. Easy access via motorway for Bergamo, Brescia, Verona, Mantova and Cremona. Restful apartment, 150 m from the lake, comprising double bedroom (sleeps 2–4), kitchen/dining room and bathroom. Comfortably furnished and laundry supplied. Nearest airports: Bergamo and Brescia. Rates from £180 p.w. Full details from clusane@googlemail.com or 07719378614.

Holiday home in western France. Situated in Venise Verte, 40 min. from La Rochelle and beaches. Pretty stone cottage in village setting. Sleeps 6. 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. £430 p.w. (high season)—some weeks left! Tel. Linda Eaton on 07919 308912 or 01635 202868. Website: www.arcais.com.

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.

Nature and culture retreats. Greece (summer) and India (Christmas/New Year). Undiscovered and unspoilt locations; accommodation in villas in the historic, coastal village of Ancient Epidaurus (Greece) and luxury eco-cottages by the rainforest on the foothills of the majestic Western Ghats mountains in South India; nature walks; authentic food; variety of activities; opportunities to experience local culture. Small groups and friendly atmosphere! www.gaiatrails.com. Email: gaiatrails@yahoo.co.uk. Tel.: 01865 510270.

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.

Italy, Umbria. Vacation rentals. Casa Rosa is a beautiful destination in Umbria, a rural retreat in the heart of the national park of Mount Subasio where you can hike, enjoy nature, or take a visit to the nearby medieval hill towns of Assisi, Spoleto, and Gubbio. A pool is available for the use of all guests. Apartments from £275 pw. Sleeps 2'5. Web: www.casa-rosa.it. Tel: 0039 075 802322.

The Tarn region of South West France, near Albi and Cordes sur Ciel. Relaxing, peaceful old farmhouse with large pool and garden amidst vines and sunflowers. Sleeps 8 in 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, vaulted living room, fully-equipped kitchen, outdoor dining and barbeque. Visit Toulouse Lautrec museum, local markets and restaurants. Tennis, riding, and canoeing nearby. School holidays still available. £300-£850 p.w. Tel.: 01608 810172. Email: sallyogilvie55@hotmail.com.

Cyprus Pegeia, 10 min. to Coral Bay, 20 min. to Paphos harbour. Detached luxury villa with 8m x 4m pool in spectacular location, with clear views over the Mediterranean. Sleeps 6 in comfort, two doubles (one en suite) and one twin. Each bedroom has access to private pool terrace. Peaceful area but close to local amenities and beach. Fully equipped and air conditioned throughout. TV/DVD. From £450 p.w. www.villakalithea.com.

Dordogne. Timeless and beautiful seventeenth-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. Some high season availability still remaining. From £500 p.w. Low season rates on request. Email PJWNet@aol.com or visit www.lamamine.com.

Beautiful rustic cottage, Las Alpujarras. Sleeps 6 (2 doubles, 1 twin), small swimming pool, wonderful views. Peaceful. Available May–Sept. Email jgray58uk@yahoo.co.uk.

Ireland. Peaceful, cosy semi-detached holiday cottage in the heart of Connemara, one mile from Clifden, ideal base for touring this beautiful area. Seven beaches nearby. Cycling, horse riding, golf, sea fishing, scuba diving are all available locally. Cheap flights to Ireland West Airport (Knock) with Ryan Air and Bmi. £175 - £350 p.w. Suitable for 2 n-s people, no pets. Linen, duvets etc. provided. Contact brigid.carter@psych.ox.ac.uk or phone 01865 378620. http://users.ox.ac.uk/~safe0017/Clifden/.

Villa beside the sea in Croatia. Quiet position with stunning sea views. Several swimming coves nearby and lots of walking tracks. 1.5 hours north of Dubrovnik airport. Sleeps 8 plus sofa and cot with en suite bathrooms. Fully furnished plus washing machine and modern kitchen. Available some weeks from June to end Aug. http://www.kremena-villa.com. Mobile: 07792 527521.

Split, Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Two bedrooms, newly built modern apartment on the beach with large balcony overlooking Split strait. Open plan living room, dining area and kitchen. Very peaceful and quiet. It is an ideal base for exploring Dalmatia and the Dalmatian Islands and enjoying Split. Sleeps four. N-s. £400 p.w. For more details and pictures please email ibarisin@hotmail.com.

Exclusive timeshare for sale and rent in the Veneto (Italy). The sixteenth-century Palladian Villa Corner and its surrounding park are situated in the heart of the Veneto region just 36 km from Venice. Le Barchesse, attached to the Villa, has been converted into several tasteful apartments. Last two weeks of August. Sale: £2,700 (negotiable). Rent: £400 p.w. Contact eugenio.donadoni@bnc.ox.ac.uk for more details and photos.

A writer's retreat. Nestled into the south- facing bank of the river Tamar. Peaceful and secluded with outstanding views from every window. Double/twin bedroom with shower room, sitting room with open fire, kitchen with snug Rayburn and double doors opening onto terrace. Path leading down to river's edge. £250 for 3 nights. Longer stays by arrangement. Contact Trish Dugmore on 01822840329 or southhooe@aol.com. Web: www.smoothhound.co.uk/hotels/ southhoo.html.

Slovakia. A timber cottage deep in unspoilt forests surrounded by medieval castles. Near a medieval town on the UNESCO World Heritage list with a leisure centre, tennis courts, swimming pools... Over 40% of Slovakia is covered by forest, more than Switzerland or Norway. Ideal for walking holidays, bird watching, fishing, photography. Sleeps 4–6, two bedrooms, each with en suite bathroom. Cottage from £250–£390 p.w. Tel.: 01844 339754. www.SlovakiaHolidays.org.

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Houses for Sale

Kidlington, Oxford. Two-bedroom semi-detached bungalow. Located in a popular side road. Close to local amenities. Garden (easy to look after). Double-length garage. Conservatory. £265,000 or very near offer. For further details please phone 01865 376486.

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