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Oxford University Gazette, 17 April 2008 : 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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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 more than 200,000 visitors each year for whom we provide a range of guided tours and information. For nearly 20 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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ANZAC Day Service

The Oxford University Australia and New Zealand Society (OUANZ) will hold a service at 6 pm in the New College chapel on ANZAC Day, 25 Apr. All are welcome to attend.

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MECO Monthly Forum

Dr Khadiga Safwat, University of Wales, speaks on the topical issue of 'Political Islam and globalisation' at 4 pm, Sun., 27 Apr. at Wolfson College. All welcome. Refreshments served. For further details visit or phone 01865 766032.

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

Oxford University Newcomers' Club has moved to the University Club, 11 Mansfield Rd, Oxford OX1 3SZ. The Club welcomes the wives, husbands or partners of newly arrived graduates and visiting academics to the University. It aims to offer help, advice and information, and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held at the University Club every Wed. 10.30–12 noon from 0th week to 9th week, both inclusive. Newcomers with children (0–4) meet every Fri. in term 10.15–12 noon. Other term-time activities include an Art Group, Book Group, Informal Conversation Group, Garden Group, Antiques Group, village walks and tours to colleges, museums and other places of interest. Visit our website:

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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 St, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon.–Fri. 9.30 am–5 pm, Sat. 10 am–4 pm. 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 St, Chipping Norton, Oxon, OX7 5AD. Tel.: 01608 641692.

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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 worldwide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 514655. Fax: 01865 514656. Email: Also at 94 London Rd, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729. Fax: 01865 742431. Email:

Town and Country Trees Limited: tree care specialists; local authority-approved contractors; fully insured and qualified; tree stump removal. Reports, surveys, free advice and quotations. Tel.: 0845 458 2980 or 07976 261850.

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: Web:

Learn to drive really well with an Advanced Driving Instructor who has been teaching in Oxford for 13 years with a 75 per cent pass rate (national average: 45 per cent). Free 1 hour when you book your first 2-hour lesson. Intensive courses, motorway and refresher lessons all tailored to suit your needs. Call Paul on 07786 176122. Email: Website:

Links Communication, Ltd—mobile phone shop. As well as mobile phones, we offer a huge range of the latest mobile phone accessories. We also unlock and repair mobile phones. PC and laptop repairs, upgrades, support and services. No fix, no fee. Western Union money transfer now available. Open 10 am–9 pm, 7 days a week. Links Communication, Ltd, 33 High St, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 204207. Website:

Hope Services, UK Typesetters. Hope Services is a family-run typesetting company established over 35 years ago. Based in the heart of Oxfordshire, we specialise in the styling and production of published material. We regularly work on all styles of publications, such as early learning teaching titles; single-author first-time novels and novellas; academic law books and journals; and social, financial and technical reports. We would be happy to discuss and develop your ideas, and provide you with an individual quote for any potential work. Please feel free to contact us at Hope Services (Abingdon) Ltd. Tel.: 01235 530439. Web: Email:

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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.

Olivia's Gardens: maintenance and design. Professional, reliable and experienced. Website: Tel.: 07866 476044.

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Situations Vacant

Receptionist, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. Salary University Grade 2, £13,739–15,743 per year (pay award pending). Applications invited for full-time Receptionist to work in the Lodge at the Oriental Institute in central Oxford. A varied and interesting role in friendly working environment, available 1 June or sooner, if possible. Enhanced overtime rates, generous holiday entitlement, membership of University pension scheme. For application form and further details, please contact Faculty Office, Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford, OX1 2LE, 01865 288200,, or download at Applications to Assistant Administrator at same address by Fri. 9 May. The University is an equal opportunities employer.

Ruskin College seeks Director of Campaigns and Alumni Relations for £6 million capital fund-raising campaign. Brown and Blair are joint Presidents and distinguished supporters will chase major donations. The Ruskin Fellowship has 600 alumni members and an external service will host 100+ years of past student data and help re- build contacts. As an independent adult residential college for those returning to learn, Ruskin spans further and higher education from adult literacy to MA level, with an emphasis on progression and transforming lives. Following on from external consultancy, this is a marvellous opportunity for an early-stage, career-minded person to work full-time and run a campaign with national prominence, or for a more experienced person to work part-time. Salary at a point on the academic-related grades 2/3. Full-time or part-time, subject to negotiation. Further particulars and application form from Informal enquiries to Professor Audrey Mullender at Closing date 8 May.

Kind and intelligent assistant required to aid north Oxford elderly writer with household chores and some cooking. Typically, this would be for 1–2 hours per day, 5 days per week, based in the home, but hospital treatment and family visits may necessitate flexibility and/or some long hiatuses. References essential. Own car a bonus. Tel.: 01451 860645/07789 483126. Email:

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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 and view details of all the properties that we currently have 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:

North Oxford Property Services. Specialising in Oxford city centre letting. Established 17 years. We offer quality accommodation for academics and students. If you have a property to rent or you are looking to rent in the city centre then ring our friendly staff or come and visit our central Jericho office. We value your custom. 47 Walton Street, Jericho, Oxford OX2 6BQ. Tel.: 01865 311745. Web:

Ethical letting? Some have suggested this is an oxymoron; not so—College and County have quietly established themselves as a contemporary lettings and property management company with a more European, partnership approach within the Oxford market. We look after over 250 properties within the city and are experienced in meeting the needs of academics both as clients and applicants. For more information, call 01865 722722 or go to

East Oxford: 3-bed Victorian house with garden available 4 May–7 June. Spacious, comfortable, attractively furnished and well equipped, suitable for families. Two king-size beds, 2 junior beds, 1 cot. Located in desirable Stratford St, 5 mins. walk to park, playground and river, 15 mins. walk to city centre and universities, easy access to hospitals, BMW, science and business parks. £550 p.w., all incl. Email: for more info/photos.

Headington, Ambleside Dr. Close to JR and shops. Detached 4/5-bedroom house, 2 bathrooms, unfurnished, garage, gardens. Available shortly. £1,400 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 728597. Email:

Pretty, comfortable, 18th-century house to let in tranquil hamlet 12 miles north of Oxford. Five bedrooms, 2 sitting rooms, large kitchen/dining room, 2 bathrooms and downstairs toilet. Garden and parking space. Four miles from direct rail links to London and Oxford. Walking distance to bus links to Oxford and local towns. Good local schools, theatre, sports facilities, etc. £1,900 p.c.m. Available until Aug. 2009. Email:

Stylish Victorian house to let, Cowley Rd, OX4 1HR, 5 mins. walk from city centre. Accommodation across 3 floors. Furnished, 4 double bedrooms, separate sitting and dining rooms, wooden floors, g.c.h. Microwave, washing machine, 40-ft walled townhouse garden, back access to lane. N-s. All recently refurbished with new kitchen, £1,700 p.c.m. Available Aug. Mobile: 07789 765867. Email:

Jericho: furnished house, available 1 July. Walk to University, near best schools, parks. Cosy, quiet, easy to maintain, c.h., secluded garden, 1 1/2 bathrooms, all appliances, telephone, linen, dishes. Two bedrooms: £1,375 p.m., or 3 bedrooms: £1,675 p.m. Contact: Tel.: Oxford (evenings) 01865 775567 or Canada (613) 745 1368.

Abingdon. Lovely 3-bedroom character terrace over 3 floors. Close to excellent public transport links to Oxford and A34. Six miles to Didcot rail station. Close to Abingdon centre, Albert Park and good selection of schooling. Comprises 3 double bedrooms, family bathroom with walk-in shower, kitchen/dining and living room, downstairs w.c., enclosed rear garden, on-street parking, £995 p.c.m., excl. Would also consider selling at £285,000. Email: Tel.: 07875 670520.

Eynsham. Recently refurbished Victorian terraced cottage in central old Eynsham, 2 mins. walk from shops, pub, church. Excellent bus service to Oxford. Riverside walks. One bedroom, bath, kitchen, dining room, sitting room, walled garden. Fully furnished. Suit professional person (n-s) as 2 other rooms used for part-time counselling. £590 p.m., incl. council tax, gas, electric. References required. Contact Dr Forrest 01993 812651 or Dr Kirk 07834 486483 or 01993 772004.

Terraced house for long let in upper Wolvercote. Furnished and fully equipped, c.h., 2 bedrooms, 2 living rooms. Street parking. Cat allowed. N-s. Small, south-facing garden. Available from mid-May. Convenient for primary school, shop/PO and buses, £750 p.c.m. References required. Tel.: 01865 515661. Email:

Spacious, comfortable, furnished family home, 3–4 bedrooms, £1,200 p.c.m. Marston, easy walk/cycle to John Radcliffe Hospital and city centre. Off-road parking. House-trained cat is welcome. Tel.: 01865 251074 or 07917 813213.

St Clement's. Victorian terraced house on quiet cul de sac steps from Magdalen Bridge. Convenient for city centre, shops, restaurants, parks, airport and London coaches. Comfortably furnished living room opens to dining room. Fully equipped kitchen, lavatory, patio and access to park. Two double bedrooms. Large bathroom with tub and shower stall. Broadband and bikes. Available month of Aug., £1,000. N-s or pets. Email: for more information.

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Flats to Let

Central north Oxford: 10 mins. walk city centre, main University buildings, parks, close to river. Available now. Short/long let in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb. Large, light airy rooms. Lovely fully furnished ground-floor flat. Large double bedroom, large single study/bedroom, large drawing room, newly refurbished modern kitchen, bathroom. Broadband, large secluded garden, off-street parking. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789 092274. Email:

Cowley, Boswell Rd: extremely nice ground-floor flat with nice garden. One bedroom plus sofa bed in different room; all modern comforts. Very quiet. Well-served by buses, 15 mins. from downtown. For very quiet academic person or couple, with reference. From end Aug.–end Jan. 2009, £550 p.m., council tax, broadband and bills excluded. Tel.: 01865 711577 (6.45 pm–8 pm). Mobile: 07810 194454. Email:

Two-bedroom flat to rent—Palladian Court, Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 2FG. Available at £975 p.c.m. A modern, furnished apartment built by Berkeley Homes and finished to an exceptional standard. The property comprises 2 double bedrooms with en suite shower room to master, open-plan living room/kitchen with appliances and bathroom. Also has allocated parking and under-floor heating. Contact Dan Williams on 01865 792299.

Beautiful, sunny, 1-bedroom first-floor flat with garden in Stapleton Rd, Headington. Fully furnished to an excellent standard. Open-plan living room with sofa beds and computer desk. Kitchen with breakfast bar, washer-dryer, fridge, cooker, etc. New bathroom with bath and electric shower. Double bedroom. Night storage heating. Residential on-street parking. Ideal for lecturer or postgrad. Available early April, £750 p.c.m. incl. water bills. Call 07940 397220.

Self-contained, furnished accommodation within family house, Iffley Fields area, 12 mins. walk Magdalen Bridge. Comprising spacious kitchen/dining room, sitting room, bedroom, toilet/shower room. Broadband. Elegant, peaceful, sunny. Suit quiet n-s academic single or couple. Reference, tenancy agreement. Available now for short/long let. Tel.: 01865 423107.

River-view flats to let. Hertford College has fully furnished flats available at its Folly Bridge site. Suitable for visiting academics or graduate students, each has hall, lounge, kitchen, bathroom, double bedroom and second study/bedroom. Washing machine/dryer, television, bath and shower, ethernet and phone connections, bike storage (no car parking). Electricity, gas and bed linen included. Available now. For details contact the Bursary:, 01865 279420 or the Home Bursar:, 01865 279446.

Studio flat in old Kidlington available cheap at £70 p.w., including services, in exchange for daily dog walking weekdays and occasional house sitting. Suit single student. Phone 01865 842103 or email

Short or long let. Ground-floor, furnished, studio apartment in Jericho, ideally central. Patio garden, £540 p.m. Tel.: 07812 909943.

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Accommodation Offered

Finders Keepers: for all of your accommodation needs, please contact us—Oxford's rental specialist. Tel.: 01865 311011. Website:

Scott Fraser—'city and village living'. A comprehensive residential sales and lettings practice specialising in good-quality property in Oxford and the surrounding areas. For more information, please telephone or visit our website: Sales tel.: 01865 759500 (Headington), 01865 759507 (Summertown), 01865 759508 (East Oxford). Lettings tel.: 01865 761111 (Headington), 01865 554577 (Summertown), 01865 244666 (East Oxford and students).

Visiting academics welcomed for short or long stays in comfortable home of semi-retired academic couple, situated in quiet, exclusive, leafy central north Oxford within walking distance of main University buildings, town centre, parks, river, shops and restaurants. Rooms have colour TV, tea, coffee and kettle, refrigerator and microwave, c.h. and independent heating, broadband. Very moderate terms, linen, cleaning and breakfast included. Tel./fax: 01865 557879. Email:

Short-term lets available, weekly or monthly, in comfortable and spacious 1-bedroom flat. Fully furnished, double bedroom with en suite bathroom, open-plan living area, kitchen, wireless broadband, Freeview TV, all linen and towels, ample parking. Totally self- contained annex of private house in Cassington, 3 miles west of Oxford along A40. N-s only. Weekly £250, monthly £800, everything included. Email: Tel.: 01865 883991.

Share of lovely, light Victorian cottage in Iffley Village (south Oxford) offered to friendly, responsible, cat-loving person. I travel abroad for work so need someone to look after my cat, house and garden when I'm away for extended periods (when you will have the house to yourself). Available from 1 June, with very reasonable terms for the right person. Please email me at

North Oxford : room with adjoining toilet in recently renovated house within short walking distance of shops, bus stop, parks and sports facilities. Wireless broadband, g.c.h., smoke alarms, fridge/freezer, washer/drier. Short lets of 3–12 months for n-s. Rent £110 p.w., inclusive of gas, electricity, council tax and water rate charges. For further information, email or call 01865 292801.

Attic room including kitchenette and separate shower room in semi-detached house in south Oxford, 1 mile from city centre. Available from 1 July for a year. Self-contained but for shared main entrance and stairs. Overlooking open country from the back. Fully furnished. Suitable for a postgraduate student, £480 p.c.m., including bills. Contact Dr M. O'Brien:

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Self-catering Apartments

Fully furnished and serviced 3- and 4-star self- catering apartments available in North Oxford; 15 mins. to 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: Email:

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 or visit our website at

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Office Accommodation available

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

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Accommodation Sought

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: Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our website at to 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. Website:

House-sit or flat rental sought: mature, n-s, American academic visiting Oxford Sept.–June looking for housing, preferably in north Oxford/Summertown area. References provided. Email:

Summertown or north Oxford. Furnished 4- or more-bedroom house sought for Franco–American n-s family of 5 on 1-year sabbatical at Oxford University, beginning Aug. Possible exchange with beautiful 2,000-sq ft house on 10,000-sq ft property in leafy Vaucresson, 10 km west of Paris near Versailles. Email:

American professor (Christ Church 1956) and spouse seek accommodation mid-Aug. to mid-Dec. House or flat, 2–3 bedrooms. Preferably with ground-floor bedroom, but not essential. Within 3 miles of Carfax. Possible house/car exchange for home near Washington DC. Email:

Visiting professor from Human Sciences Research Council and University of Cape Town, South Africa, requires single accommodation in Oxford for Nov. and Dec. A garden apartment near University of Cape Town could be arranged as swap for an academic visiting Cape Town. I will be in Oxford in late July should you wish to meet me. Please contact Professor Andy Dawes:; work +27 21 4667862; home +27 21 6835199.

Furnished flat. Swedish grandfather and grandson, 13, arriving in Oxford 14 June to study English, looking for furnished flat. At least 2 bedrooms, internet connection and TV, 14 June–5 July. References available from Oxford residents. Please reply to or Professor Alexis Tadie, 2–10 Norham Rd, Oxford OX2 6SE.

House rental sought. Northwestern University faculty couple visiting Oxford on sabbatical next year with two children, ages 8 and 13, looking to rent a 3-plus-bedroom, 2-plus-bathroom house from late Aug. to late June/early July 2009, preferably in north Oxford. We are visiting Oxford Apr. 19–22 and will be looking at housing during our visit. Please contact (we will have email access during our visit).

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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:

Tuscany: Siena, Castel Nuovo Berardenga. Beautifully located apartment in the countryside with great view, swimming pool, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, small sitting room, kitchen, garden. Please visit Email:

Holiday home in western France to let. Situated in the Venise Verte, 40 mins. from La Rochelle and Atlantic beaches. Pretty stone cottage in village setting. Sleeps 6, fully equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge, 3 bedrooms. Enclosed garden with wood oven. Access to canal network and private punt. Ideal for cycling, walking, boating, fishing, painting, touring, etc., £430 p.w., high season. Phone Linda Eaton on 07919 308912. Website:

Lagrasse: beautiful medieval village in the Corbieres wine region of SW France. Well-furnished house sleeps 6, with terrace and garden overlooking a magnificent Benedictine abbey, 35 kms from Carcassonne (Ryanair). The village has 4 restaurants, safe river-bathing, wonderful walking and is well placed for visiting Toulouse, Albi, the Cathar castles and the Mediterranean. Email: for rates and information.

Tarn—Golden Triangle, near Cordes and Albi. Charming 100-year-old farmhouse with large pool set amongst vines and sunflowers in small hamlet. Tranquil but not isolated. Sleeps 8, large kitchen, big living room, 2 bathrooms, and terrace. Vast garden. Wonderful regional vinyards and local markets. Walking, canoeing, tennis, riding. Available spring and summer including school holidays. £450 to £975 weekly. Contact Sally Simpson: 01608 810172 or

Italy, Le Marche. Spacious, 3-bedroom house in quiet, rural location, 20 mins. Urbino, 40 mins. to clean, sandy beaches. Sleeps 6 plus 2. Large bathroom, large sitting room, kitchen/dining room, c.h. Terrace with magnificent views and small garden area, £300 p.w. Email or phone 01865 276543 (work) or 01865 351754 (home) for photographs and further details.

Northern Cyprus: villa with pool. Sleeps 5/6. High on hill close to Esentepe village. Spectacular views of the Med., 20 mins. drive from Kyrenia, en route to the Karpasia Peninsula. Unspoilt beaches 10 mins. away. Golf course close by. From £400 p.w. Email or phone 01993 868892.

Gozo: charming Mediterranean island. Superb views from our comfortable villa with pool, suitable for families of up to 6. Rates are £900 p.w. in high season (end July to beginning Sept.). Lower rates available for couples out of summer season. Full-colour photos and more details on or telephone 01367 240049.

Mousehole, Cornwall. Dylan Thomas called Mousehole the most beautiful village in England. We have an attractive little harbourside cottage to let, sleeping 4. Sandy beaches inside, rocky pool outside the harbour walls; fishing allowed off the quays. £195'£500 p.w. Winter breaks: £100 (3 nights). Contact Mrs Dancy on 01736 731137.

Italy: 1) Umbria. Traditional stone villa in national park, 5 miles north-east of Assisi. Gardens, superb views, wildlife, quiet. Kitchen/dining/sitting room, 2 double bedrooms, large bathroom, terrace. Car essential. 2) Lake Como. Apartment in village house, closely overlooking lake. One double bedroom, sitting room, kitchenette, bathroom, open arched terrace, 25 mins. Como city. Easy access cheap flights Perugia, Milan. Either let £350 p.w., £650 per fortnight. Tel.: 01865 768775.

French Pyrenees: 2 traditional stone houses at 850m with wonderful views (Chateau de Montsegur), ideal for walking and relaxing. All facilities included for £200–£300 p.w., depending on numbers. We are 1¼ hours from Carcassone. Please tel.: 00 33 5610 13046 for photographs and more information.

Tuscany: villa in Siena area. Beautifully restored 2-storey private house on hilltop, 5 bedrooms (up to 10 people), 3 bathrooms, modern kitchen with all appliances, lounge, sitting room, swimming pool, garden, cable, VCR, DVD, wireless internet, jacuzzi, BBQ. Stunning panorama, peaceful, absolute privacy. Only 5 mins. drive Chiusi town, 1 hour Rome and Florence, 30 mins. Siena and Assisi. Contact: +39 055 602044, +39 3287133951, Web: and

Large historic house in Spanish Pyrenees with gorgeous outdoor pool. Ca La Daina is a beautiful, lovingly restored 16th-century house over 5 floors, beams, log fires. Cosy but spacious, sleeping 12–14 people, ideal for families and groups of friends and for writer's retreat. Walking in mountains, swimming or just relaxing. Stunning views. One and a half hours to Barcelona and Girona. Contact Penny: 01865 429285,,

Siena: self-contained apartment in restored farmhouse, 1 double bedroom, large bathroom, double living room with fireplace and kitchen area, open garden, lovely views. Six km from Siena in beautiful Tuscan countryside. Bus taxi service, car shelter. To let in summer (1 week minimum). Please telephone 00 39 57746553 or 00 39 3493176899.

South Devon (Bantham): comfortable, secluded holiday house next to beautiful, unspoilt Avon Estuary, sleeps 8–10. Beach, pub, shop, walking distance. Available May to mid-July, Sept. onwards. Tel.: 01865 552855.

SW France: 16th-century cottage with pool in truffle country near Périgueux. Sleeps 5. July and Aug.—650 Euros p.w.; May, June, Sept., Oct.—600 Euros p.w.; rest of year—550 Euros p.w. Additional separate accommodation in former cart shed sleeps 3, fully equipped and heated, available from 15 May. July and Aug.—350 Euros p.w.; May, June, Sept., Oct.—300 Euros p.w.; rest of year—250 Euros p.w. Email:

Italy: lovely, small, sunny village house (historic centre), 45 mins. to Rome by bus/train (frequent service). Suitable for maximum 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). Photos provided if interested. Contact Angela Fuller on 01284 704441 or email

Herefordshire countryside: 4 self-catering holiday apartments for 2 and coach house/stables for 4–5. Woodland walks, spring water, organic gardens. Comfy beds and nice pillows. Optional delicious vegetarian meals available (Japanese or European style). Ideal for relaxing/rejuvenating short breaks or longer holidays. No air miles—just fresh air 'smiles'. Reviewed in the Observer. Call Ron or Ritsuko on 07974 353172 for more details and booking availability. Website:

Languedoc, 40 mins. from Montpellier, near Cévennes: large, renovated farmhouse with much character in beautiful surroundings, terraces with spectacular views, shared swimming pool. Wildlife, walks, canoeing (river Herault 2 miles), great markets, unspoilt villages. Sleeps 8. Fully equipped kitchen, living room, 4 bedrooms, mezzanine, reading room, 800 Euros. Contact Dr Anne-Marie Motard. Email: Tel.: +33 4 67 81 46 74 or +33 6 73 472 471.

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Houses for Sale

Southwest France, Tarn et Garonne. Fully renovated stone townhouse for sale in centre of attractive medieval village avec tous commerces. Light and airy, easily maintained, secure. Top floor: large en suite master bedroom. Middle floor: 2 further bedrooms, shower/toilet, study area. Ground floor: lounge, kitchen, entrance hall with toilet. Outside: covered terrace facing long garden. Private parking. £135,000. Enquiries to

Charming old village house in Le Beausset (Var) 9 km from sea (Bandol). In quiet street, 4 km from motorway. Completely renovated, perfect condition, façade redone, new roof, 65 sq m living space. First floor: bedroom/living room, bathroom/shower. Second floor: kitchen/diner. Third floor: bedroom, 15-sq m terrace with view. Cellar: 25 sq m with sink, open to conversion. Sold direct by owner, 235,000 Euros. Tel.: 00 33 680 223728.

Iffley Village: well-presented, modern, two-bedroom town house featuring well-equipped, large kitchen with built-in washer/dryer and dishwasher. Downstairs cloakroom, good-sized reception room and south-facing conservatory/dining room off kitchen. Both bedrooms with built-in cupboards. Well-planted rear garden, private off-street parking. Pleasant, quiet village location near the Thames, 2 miles from central Oxford. Guide price £385,000. To arrange a viewing please telephone 01865 774762 or 07810 081429.

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Flat for Sale

Summertown: charming one-bedroom ground- floor retirement flat comprising living room with bar-kitchen, bathroom with walk-in shower, bedroom with fitted wardrobe, terrace and garden access with pleasant view. £60,000 o.n.o. with £600 p.m. for food and all maintenance. Contact barbara.harriss-

Osberton Rd, Summertown. Serviced flat in Charles Ponsonby House. For people over 55 years. Service charge, friendly and well organised, £60,000. Tel.: 01865 516102.

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