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Oxford University Gazette, 22 May 2008 : Advertisements


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Family Activities at Harcourt Arboretum

Tues., 27 May, noon–4 pm. Half-term is the perfect time to visit Harcourt Arboretum. Join in free family activities. Our meadow is in full bloom, providing a home for all sorts of creatures. Spot plants and animals, make and take home your own mobile showing the wildlife. Drop-in session. Activities free with entry (University staff/students free, adults £3, children free). Free parking. Open 10 am–5 pm (last admission 4.15 pm). Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay. Tel.: 01865 343501. Web: www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk/Harcourt/harcourtintro.html.

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Botanic Garden Picnic Afternoons

The great growing picnic season. Grow it—eat it! An afternoon of sowing, growing, cooking, nibbling, exploring and relaxing. These popular picnic afternoons are back with live music, stories, tours, trails and family fun. Bring a picnic—enjoy the fun! Saturdays, 1 pm–4 pm: 31 May, 14, 28 June, 12, 26 July, 16, 30 Aug. Adults £3, children free. University of Oxford Botanic Garden, 01865 286690, www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk.

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Plant Sale

Plant sale and teas—Friends of University of Oxford Botanic Garden. Wide range of plants, expert advice, teas. At Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay, Sun., 1 June, 11 am–4 pm.

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Volunteer Needed

The Friends of the Oxford Botanic Garden are an expanding group that offers visits, a newsletter and other benefits and provide considerable support to the Garden and Harcourt Arboretum. We are looking for a volunteer to help with regular and varied clerical work alongside our part-time administrator, our enthusiastic volunteers and Garden staff. Flexible hours. Based in the attractive and friendly Garden office. Apply to secretary@fobg.org.uk.

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Oxford University Newcomers' Club at the University Club, 11 Mansfield Rd, OX1 3SZ, welcomes the wives, husbands and partners of visiting scholars, graduate students and newly appointed academic members of the University. We offer help, advice and information and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held in the 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 10.15–11.45. We have a large programme of events with tours of colleges, museums and other places of interest. Other term-time activities include an art group, book group, informal conversation group, garden group, antiques group and an opportunity to explore Oxfordshire. Visit our website: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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

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: ACzyba@aol.com. Website: www.instructortraining.org.uk.

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: www.linkscom.co.uk.

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: www.hopeservices.co.uk. Email: mark.harvey@hopeservices.co.uk.

Chauffeur services at taxi prices! Looking for a reliable, experienced chauffeur service to take you or your VIP guests to airports, business venues or for private travel? Comfortable Mercedes-Benz E320 Avantgarde or luxury MPV available. Fully licensed and insured. Friendly, personal service. Sample prices: Oxford to Heathrow, £68; Eurostar, £90; Cambridge, £135. Call Clive Roberts on 01865 778608 or 07917 566077 (mobile) or email cliveroberts@talktalk.net to discuss your requirements.

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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.

DP Gardening Services. RHS-trained gardener available across Oxfordshire. Carry out garden makeovers if selling/renting out your property or just taming your wilderness! All aspects of garden services including hard landscaping. Fully insured, friendly advice, free estimates (within 5 mile radius of OX5). Excellent references. Contact Debbie Payne on 07810 420711 (mobile) or www.dpgardening.co.uk for more information.

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Situations Vacant

Nuffield College is looking to fill the following vacancies: Assistant Chef, Grade K/S, Domestic Scale, 40 hours p.w. Salary £12,966–£14,707 p.a. Require motivated, committed Assistant Chef to join team of 7 in busy kitchen. At least 1 year's experience in catering department. Hardworking and enthusiastic. On-the-job training provided and further formal training strongly encouraged by College. For informal discussion, contact Head Chef, Mr Ross Boffin, 01865 278533. Interviews 16 June. Domestic Assistant (Scout) 20 hours p.w., 7 am start, Mon.–Fri. Grade K/S on Domestic Scale, £6.23–£7.07 p.h. Hardworking and reliable to keep offices, staircases, corridors, bathrooms/toilets and public rooms clean. For informal discussion, contact the Housekeeper on 01865 278681. Interviews 18 June. Closing date for both: Fri., 6 June, noon. Benefits include 20 days annual leave, closed periods at Christmas and Easter, free meals on duty, season- ticket loan scheme, eligibility for car parking adjacent to College and pension scheme. Further details, application forms: www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk/General/jobs/ or from Human Resources Department, Nuffield College, New Road, Oxford OX1 1NF, 01865 278699. Email: vacancies@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

The European School, Culham, requires experienced, qualified teachers from Sept. Secondary: Music (in English), senior level (approx. 12 periods); Mathematics (in English) including European Baccalaureate level (24 periods); Mathematics (in Italian) including European Baccalaureate level (19 periods); Economics (in English), beginners' level (4 periods); Integrated Science (in English), junior classes (10–12 periods); German as foreign language (approx. 13 periods); History and Human Science (in German) (approx 4–6 periods). Nursery/Primary Department: Learning Support in the German-speaking section for children aged 4 to 11 (approx. 7 hours)—must have Staatsexamen 1 and 2 and appropriate additional qualifications and/or recent relevant experience; Portuguese as mother tongue to children aged 6 to 11 (1.5 hours). Deadline for all applications Mon., 2 June. Interviews for all posts in June. For further details, job description and application form, email esculham@eursc.org stating clearly which post interests you. Web: www.eursc.eu and www.esculham.net.

Oxford Analytica is seeking an Asia- Pacific Editor (South and South-east Asia). The successful candidate will commission, edit and write analysis on the politics, economy and international relations of South and South-east Asia for publication in the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief. A firm grounding in the region is required, developed through postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience. Analytical skills and the ability to write/edit with speed and accuracy are essential. The position is Oxford-based, and proof of eligibility to work in the UK is required. Letter of introduction, CV and details of current salary to: Ms Sally Martin, HR Manager, Oxford Analytica Ltd, 5 Alfred Street, Oxford, OX1 4EH. Email: editorial_recruitment@oxford-analytica.com. Web: www.oxan.com.

Desk-top publishing. Oxford research consultants require regular help in the production of publications. Some design skill, an eye for detail and experience in preparing documents ready-to-print are essential. Flexible hours, would suit someone with their own equipment working from home/office. Tel.: 01865 390825.

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Situation Sought

Friendly, lively and responsible German girl, 17, very good with children, wide interests (tennis, horse riding, cooking) would like to spend some time with an English-speaking family, possibly as an au pair, to improve her English in view of A-level exams next year. She would like to stay for a period of 6 weeks (or less), starting on 5 Aug. References available. Please ring 01865 250388.

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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 www.qbman.co.uk 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: info@qbman.co.uk.

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: www.oxfordlet.com.

House for rent in Woodstock. Spacious Edwardian end-of-terrace, 3 beds plus dressing room/study, 1 bath, fully fitted kitchen, low maintenance garden, easy parking. Perfect location, 5 mins. to town centre and regular bus service to Oxford. Schools and nursery around corner. Would suit professional couple, or with 1 child. No pets, n-s, £1,275 p.c.m., unfurnished. Tel.: 01993 810875 any time.

Available early Aug. Detached, chalet- style house, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire (cul-de-sac in quiet village). Large sitting room, dining room, study/playroom/fourth bedroom, sunroom, 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fitted kitchen with all machines. Patio and gardens, garage, off-road parking, secure fencing and gates. Fully furnished with all china, pans, utensils, linen, bed linen, etc. Rent £1,200 p.c.m., deposit £1,600. Council tax (2008) £1,682.60. Tel.: 01235 (+44 1235) 834740. Email: diamar@onetel.com.

Summertown, close to shops, tennis courts, restaurants, etc. Three-bedroom cottage with refurbished kitchen and bathrooms. Big garden. Available beginning July, £1,250 p.c.m. Tel.: 07825 819258.

Attractive, large, terraced Victorian house on Osney Island, west Oxford. Four double bedrooms, 1 single, 2 bathrooms, large office, laundry. Spacious garden going to tributary of Thames. Lovely walks along river towpath, 4 mins. walk to train station, 10 to bus station and 15 mins. walk into town centre. To let between mid-July and mid-Aug., £550 p.w., £2,000 for the month. Please contact Quentin at quentin.sattentau@path.ox.ac.uk.

Views over Port Meadow: small, semi- detached house, Lower Wolvercote, £1,050 p.c.m. Quiet cul-de-sac, furnished, garden, off-street parking. Two bedrooms, 1 living room, 1 1/2 bathrooms. Local school, corner shop, 2 mins. walk from No. 6 bus departing every 15 mins. for city centre. Available early June for maximum of 3 years. Email: simon.saunders@philosophy.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 514577.

Lye Valley area of Oxford, OX3 7ES. Semi-detached, 2 double, 1 single bedroom. Family bathroom, separate shower cubicle. Hallway, cloakroom, lounge, diner, fitted galley kitchen, oven/hob only. Low-maintenance gardens, garage and parking. Beautiful outlook over golf course, walking distance to shops, schools, hospitals, buses. No pets, n-s. Long let, unfurnished, £1,100 p.c.m., plus all bills. References required. Tel.: 01865 763316 or 01869 241104.

Long Hanborough. Attractive, large, furnished 3-bedroom house in quiet location. Easy access to Oxford and A40 and walking distance to train station. Stunning glass-roofed lounge and 2 further reception rooms. Master bedroom with en suite and large balcony, new bathroom and cloakroom, study, fully fitted kitchen and utility room. Private courtyard gardens and parking. Available from mid-June, £1,600 p.c.m. Contact: talltimpw@yahoo.co.uk or 01869 350654.

Summer let, July–Aug. Fully furnished house in west Oxford. Lovely, sunny garden and patio, double bedroom, study, living room with double sofa bed, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. Easy cycling distance to city centre and station, regular buses, quick access to country side, £700, incl. Tel.: 01865 793774. Email: emsb@soton.ac.uk.

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House Exchange Sought

Wanted: Munich–Oxford-vicinity home exchange, 26 July–18 Aug. Our house is nicely appointed, ideally located, and comes with 5 bedrooms that could comfortably sleep up to 10 people. Our car can be included in the exchange, but we are only a short walk from the train station. Interested? Email Leonore@owsley.com or call +49 8165 60 1462.

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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: ss.grosvenor@btinternet.com.

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 www.collegeandcounty.biz.

Two-bedroom, brand-new, ground-floor flat, Jericho, available 15 July for 1 year. Fully furnished. Built by Berkeley Homes, finished to an exceptional standard. Garden, all appliances, walk to University, near best schools, parks. Quiet, easy to maintain, under-floor heating. Two full bathrooms (1 off master bedroom), linen, dishes, £1,390 p.m. Allocated inside parking additional £150 p.m. Contact A. Gaston: gaston@cyberus.ca. Tel. (Canada): +1 613 745 1368.

Centrally located, furnished, 1-bedroom flat for rent immediately. Minimum tenancy 1 year, £720 p.m., excluding bills. Parking space available at extra cost. Contact Vera Jefferson: 01865 735383 or veraj@thehumanchain.com.

City centre apartment to let! Very spacious 2-bedroom apartment approx. 100 sq m. Open-plan living/dining room. Fully fitted kitchen with stone worktops, gas hob, electric oven and grill, dishwasher and washer/drier. Balcony. Wooden floors throughout. Two large bedrooms, 1 en suite. Family bathroom. Parking space. Rent £1,600 p.c.m. Available early May. Email: info@collegeandcounty.biz. Tel.: 01865 722277.

Temple Cowley. One-bedroom furnished apartments in quiet cul-de-sac. Very convenient for buses and swimming pool. Allocated parking, n-s, £700– £750 p.c.m. Tel.: 01844 279416.

Central Oxford. Fully refurbished, spacious, 1-bedroom flat. Prime location, £850 p.c.m. Available from Aug./Sept. Tel.: 07825 819258.

Summertown studio, Victoria Rd, attractive position and furnishing. Compact, light, first-floor studio flat with fully equipped kitchen area and well-appointed shower room. All Bosch appliances: fridge/freezer, electric oven, gas hob, washer/drier. Built-in wardrobe/storage cupboard, TV and BT phone points, £675 p.c.m. (for min. 6-month lease), includes all gas, electricity and council tax. Good security. Suit single, n-s professional or academic. Available end of July. Tel.: 01865 452821. Email: info@gresham-books.co.uk.

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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: www.finders.co.uk.

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: www.scottfraser.co.uk. 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: DVL23@talktalk.net.

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: john.hemingway@blakeproject.com. Tel.: 01865 883991.

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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: 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.

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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: info@qbman.co.uk. Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our website at www.qbman.co.uk 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: www.finders.co.uk.

Long-let (up to 3 years) flat sought by Oxford research fellow and homemaker wife—40s, n-s, no kids, no pets. Location needed: walking distance to Balliol. Need parking, decent kitchen. Budget: £800–£1,000 p.c.m. Date needed: anytime between now and Sept. Email: eric.meyer@oii.ox.ac.uk. Tel.: 01865 287218.

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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.

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 www.ilmorochianti.it. Email: filippo.ippolito@unibocconi.it.

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: www.arcais.com.

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 crholme@btinternet.com or phone 01993 868892.

Ireland: peaceful, cosy, semi-detached holiday cottage in the heart of Connemara, 1 mile Clifden town. Ideal touring base for this beautiful area. Seven beaches nearby. Cycling, horse riding, golf, sea fishing, scuba-diving are all available. Cheap flights to Ireland West Airport (Knock) with Ryan Air, XL.com, bmibaby. Suitable for 2–3 n-s people, £200–£250 p.w. Contact brigid.carter@psych.ox.ac.uk or phone 01865 378620. See: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~safe0017/Clifden/.

Cyprus, Pegeia. Ten mins. Coral Bay, 20 mins. Paphos harbour. Detached luxury villa with 8m x 4m pool in spectacular location with clear views over the Mediterranean. Sleeps 6 in comfort, 2 doubles (1 en suite) and 1 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. See: www.villakalithea.com.

Dordogne. Timeless and beautiful 17th- century stone house in the Vézère valley. Former Pavillon de Chasse now lovingly restored, with traditional lauzes roof and many original features. Stands in its own peaceful and partly wooded grounds of some 3 acres. Five mins. from village with local shops, 15 mins. from the historic market town of Montignac. Spacious lounge with wood burner, large, fully fitted kitchen/dining area. Sleeps 6 in comfort in 2 double bedrooms (1 en suite) and 1 twin. Can accommodate 2 more on convertible settee, if required. Dining terrace with barbecue—and boules! Private, 10m x 4m pool with glorious views. Garage. One week high season remaining. Good availability May and June plus Sept. onwards. From £550 p.w. Low season or extended-stay rates on request. Email pjwnet@aol.com or visit web site www.lamamine.com.

Unspoilt Dordogne—yes, it is possible! Sympathetically restored barn set in 10 acres of forest and woodland at the heart of the footpath network. Sleeps 4. Traditional oak beams and limestone walls with modern kitchen, 3 bathrooms, spacious living area and large covered terrace. Central for chateaux, bastides, Bergerac (30 mins.), Sarlat and Les Eyzies. From £250 p.w. Email: audave2505@yahoo.fr. Tel.: 00 33 553273447. See: www.ownersdirect.co.uk, ref. no. FR3444.

Le Marche, central Italy. Tastefully converted 18th-century farmhouse set in 1.7 acres of land on edge of Sibillini National Park. Sleeps 12 comfortably, 11m pool. Fantastic views of Sibillini mountains and rolling hills below. Hilltop villages, restaurants with authentic cuisine. Area offers hiking, canoeing, fishing, riding, rock climbing, 45 mins. from beaches, 1 hour Ancona airport. Available July–Sept. From £750 p.w. Tel.: 01865 513739. Email: ernesto.macaro@education.ox.ac.uk.

Slovakia. Timber cottage, deep in unspoilt forests surrounded by medieval castles. Near medieval town on the UNESCO World Heritage list with a leisure centre, tennis courts, swimming pools. Over 40 percent of Slovakia is covered by forest—more than Switzerland or Norway. Ideal for walking holidays, biking, bird watching, fishing. Sleeps 4–6, 2 bedrooms, each with en suite bathroom, catering available, £250–£390 p.w. Tel.: 01844 339754. See: www.SlovakiaHolidays.org

Monopoli, Apulia, south-eastern Italy. Two-bedroom apartment sleeping 4. Top floor of 18th-century palazzo with roof terrace views of sea, mountains and medieval quarter, 5 mins. walk to beach. International airports at Bari (Ryanair) and Brindisi 45 mins. train or car. Ten mins. from golf course. Recently restored apartment provides every modern comfort, including air conditioning, dishwasher, washing machine and Jacuzzi. Contact Angela Montemurro. Tel.: 00390 3928959730. Email: linamonte@aliceposta.it.

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Houses for Sale

New Hinksey. Bright, end-of-terrace, Edwardian townhouse. Well-presented, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, modern, fully equipped kitchen (range cooker, utility cupboard with dishwasher, washing machine and drier), 3 large reception rooms (1 double height with mezzanine study, shower room, independent front door). South-facing rear garden, garage. Short walk to Hinksey Park, Grandpont nursery, St Ebbe's school and city centre, £470,000. Please telephone 01865 250388 or 07960 900049.

Islip near Oxford, detached 19th-century cottage on 1/3 acre, rarely available in this sought-after conservation village. Three bedrooms, study with open view, spacious reception room, eat-in kitchen. Very quiet road, beautiful secluded south-facing garden with river frontage, fishing rights and landing area for small boats. Within walking distance of train station, award- winning community shop and popular primary school, £550,000. See housenetwork.co.uk (type Islip into search box) or phone 01865 376326.

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