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Oxford University Gazette, 16 July 2009 : Advertisements


Respondents to advertisements are asked to note the following, which is an extract from the Terms and Conditions of acceptance of advertisements:

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

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Gazette publication arrangements

Advertisers are asked to note that the final Gazette of this academic year will be published on 30 July. Publication for 2009–10 will begin on 24 September. The usual deadline will continue to apply (see above).

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Farm Open Mornings

Fridays, 24 July, 7 and 21 Aug. at FAI Farm, Wytham, OX2 8QJ. Open mornings for children 10 am–1 pm. Bring your kids to see a working farm. Farm tours, creative activities, games and competitions. Buy the farm's eggs and meat. Please bring Wellies or sturdy shoes. If interested, contact Web:

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Nursery Place Available

Nursery place temporarily available at the Balliol College Day Nursery (Rawlinson Rd) from 1 Sept.–22 Dec. for a child aged up to 5. Ideal for child of visiting academic. The 16-place nursery was rated as 'outstanding' in the most recent Ofsted inspection. For more information, contact Vanessa Clark. Email: Tel.: 01865 515654. See also

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Green Economics Institute conference: clash between ecology and economy; transformation at a time of economic crisis; women's unequal pay and poverty. Fri., 31 July–Sat., 1 Aug., Mansfield College. International range of speakers from 20 countries including Prof Graciela Chichilnisky, Columbia University, and Dr Joseph Halevi, Sydney University and Nice. Event must be pre-registered, pre-paid (£89 per day, concessions £39). For further information/booking visit: or

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Residential Home

St Katharine's House, Wantage. Modern, well-equipped residential home with nursing wing for 75 residents in 5 acres of lovely grounds near town centre. Excellent facilities include beautiful chapel in grounds. Residents strongly encouraged to live independent lives within a unique, vibrant and rewarding community. For further information contact the Warden, St Katharine's House, Ormond Rd, Wantage, OX12 8EA. Tel.: 01235 762739. Email: Web:

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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, 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 including 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:

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Antiques Bought and Sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold. Fireplace-related items to include grates, fire tools, fenders and nursery guards. 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. 9.30–5, Sat. 10–4. Tel.: 01993 705026. Mobile: 07831 585014.

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Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration. Thirty 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, 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 new drivers and giving refresher lessons in Oxford since 1994. He has an 86 per cent pass rate (national average is 43 per cent). Intensive courses, motorway, refresher lessons and new drivers—all tailored to suit your needs. Call Paul on 07786 176122. Email: Website:

Chauffeur/taxi service. Do you need a reliable, experienced chauffeur service to take you or your guests to airports, business venues or for personal travel? Comfortable Mercedes E class or MPV available for people and luggage, fully licensed and insured. Friendly, personal service. Sample prices: Oxford to Heathrow, £68; Eurostar, £90; Gatwick, £119. Call Clive Roberts on 07917 566077 (mobile) or 01865 778608 (home) or email to discuss your requirements.

Cabinetry and carpentry. The House of Eden is a local, family-run company creating individually designed, handmade furniture in contemporary and period styles. We also design and build beautiful garden offices, summerhouses and writing rooms. We offer our clients a truly bespoke service where unique designs and beautiful craftsmanship are our trademark. Member of The Guild of Master Craftsmen. Referrals and examples available. For more information: 01869 343463, Web:

Portraits: corporate, college, private commissions. London, St Martin's Lane, and Oxford. For information, please see:

Nerves getting to you? Do you get too anxious doing presentations? Are you terrified by a viva? Are examination nerves spoiling your performance? Get everything you need to deal with your anxieties, nerves, fear and panic in one day—guaranteed. Just see the feedback. The Fear Course, 8 July at Oxford Brookes University. Book now. Places strictly limited. Email or call 01865 331776. Web: price.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl ?uct_id=32&category_id=2.

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Domestic Services

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

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Situations Vacant

Carer. We are looking for a friendly, reliable person with a sense of humour to help with practical tasks, cooking, shopping and for company on small excursions. This role would suit a postgraduate student. Pay £10 p.h., references required. For more information, please contact 07877 868374.

Administrator. OUP seeks highly organised, efficient and enthusiastic individual to provide administrative support to Editorial Director and Head of Marketing. An exciting opportunity for someone with first-class administrative experience and organisational skills who can plan and organise events, set up and maintain databases, and produce reports and marketing information. Must have excellent IT skills and ability to prioritise and work calmly under pressure. Salary in region of £20,000 with full range of benefits. Closing date: 23 July. To apply and for full details, including skills and experience required, please visit

Christ Church Picture Gallery requires permanent, part-time Gallery Invigilator. Responsibilities: customer service, security of collection, patrolling galleries, greeting visitors, answering queries, taking messages, front desk including small retail outlet. Must be smart, reliable, responsible, willing to work as part of small team. Should be available Mon.–Sat. 10.30–5 and Sun. 2–5 on varied, part- time rota. Pay: £6.63 p.h. (£8.82 Sun.). Closing date 20 July. Apply in writing (covering letter, CV, 2 references): Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford OX1 1DP. Information: 01865 276172;

Vacancy: part-time role available. Press relations executive for agency acting for medical technology company. Would suit academic (medicine) with relevant PR or marketing experience. Ideally 3 days p.w., but flexibility possible. Salary commensurate with experience. Client is based in Oxford. Work would be from home and/or in our London office. Interested parties should send CV and covering letter to:

The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies natural gas programme seeks part-time administrative assistant 2 hours per day, 4 days p.w. (exact hours negotiable), £8.50 p.h. Applicants should have good administrative and communication skills, be computer literate, work well as part of a team and on their own and be willing to work flexibly. Ideally applicants will be based in (or close to) Oxford. Closing date 24 July. Further details: Ms Anouk Honore, OIES, 57 Woodstock Rd, Oxford, OX2 6FA; 01865 889132;

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House Swap

I need a base in Oxford for 1 year. Jericho or north Oxford would be perfect. House swap first-floor central Bath flat—2 bedrooms, sitting room, shower room, kitchenette, shared gardens, parking permit, in lovely Georgian square, for Oxford small house/flat, 1 Sept. for 1 year. Tel.: 07871 433206.

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Houses to Let

Academic visitor, student, or employee of the University? Also try the University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office website.

An Englishman's home is his castle—so the saying goes. We cannot pretend we have too many castles, 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 properties currently available. Or telephone, fax or email us with 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 let or are looking to rent in the city centre, ring our friendly staff or visit our central Jericho office at 47 Walton Street, Jericho, Oxford OX2 6BQ. We value your custom. Tel.: 01865 311745. Web:

Temple Cowley conservation area—18th-century listed stone farmhouse 2½ miles from city centre, University 15 mins. by bike, frequent bus service. Very quiet comfortable family home, fully furnished, 3–4 bedrooms; modern bathroom with shower; office space with wireless broadband connection; large, light kitchen with all appliances; open fires, sunroom, terrace, tranquil walled gardens. Available from July for 12 months; n-s only; £1,450 p.c.m. (utilities excluded). Contact 01865 716273,

Blenheim Palace on your doorstep: a 300- year-old, 3/4-double-bedroom, stone townhouse for rent. Fully furnished, kitchen (incl. washing machine, dishwasher, range oven), dining for 12, living room, cellar, stunning master bedroom with en suite and exposed beams into the roof. Wi-Fi, cable TV. One min. to butcher, pub, shops, post office, buses to Oxford. Rent £1,350 p.m., ONO. Available mid-Aug., 12- month contract. Details and photos: 07792 224718 or

Short/long let. Charming Cotswold stone cottage on edge of village 15 miles north-west of Oxford. Double bedroom plus spare bedroom/dressing room. Lots of character, beamed ceilings, inglenook fireplace. South-facing walled patio garden, g.c.h., wood-burning stove, washer/drier, etc. Suit 1 or couple. Available autumn, some flexibility. Contact

Elegant and spacious Victorian family home in north Oxford (Summertown) to let during Christmas holidays (12 Dec.–16 Jan.). Situated in quiet residential street, 10 mins. on bus or bike to city centre. Four bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 studies, fast broadband/Wi-Fi. Special rate offered to cat lover for taking care of our Bengal cat. For further details and pictures see: Contact: Tel.: +44 (0)1865 554407.

To let—available now. Detached chalet-style house, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire (cul-de-sac in Thames-side 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 £1,000 p.c.m., deposit £1,500. Council tax (2009–10) £1,748.20. Tel.: 01235 (+44 1235) 834740. Email:

Gorgeous detached listed thatched cottage opposite church in Beckley, beautiful quiet village 3 miles Oxford. Very spacious 1,900sq ft plus garage, double-aspect 33ft living, enormous inglenook, flagged dining room with inglenook, kitchen/breakfast, utility/cloaks/shower. Upstairs 3 glorious bedrooms, large bathroom. Oak beams throughout, oil c.h. Third-acre mature garden to lawn, extensive terrace, Otmoor views. Unfurnished/furnished (antiques), cleaner available. Available immediately, £2,000 p.c.m. Robin: 01865 351708; 07787 540989.

Central Oxford, Victorian mid-terrace, 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sitting room, dining room, modern kitchen. Great condition, tastefully furnished, g.c.h., smoke detectors, garden. Bright and airy. Central/west Oxford, 5 mins. walk to city centre, colleges, station, schools, riverside walks. Friendly neighbourhood. Available Aug./Sept., £1,300 p.c.m. Suitable for visiting academics, couple or family. No pets, n-s, please. Contact Prof. A Kahane, tel.: 020 88926263, 07931 301135; email:

Victorian family house, recently renovated to a high standard, available from Sept. In quiet street (Stanley Rd) off the Iffley Rd, 15 mins. walk from Magdalen Bridge. Four bedrooms on 4 floors, conservatory, study, garden with lawn, apple trees and roses. Off-street parking for 2 cars. Rent £2,850 p.c.m. Please phone Angela on 01865 277424.

Central Oxford townhouse for University staff or visiting academics with University association. Easy walking distance from libraries, museums, colleges. Two bedrooms. Fully furnished, £1,500 p.c.m. incl. internet, gas, electricity and local calls. Available from mid-Sept. Contact:

Woodstock: coach house to let from 1 Sept. Idyllic setting overlooking Blenheim Park. Regular bus service to Oxford. Accommodates up to 2. Kitchen, dining/sitting room. Double bedroom. Bathroom. Partially furnished. Parking for 1 car. Rent £650 p.c.m. References required. Ring 01993 813569 or 07976 438336 for appointment to view.

Large 5-bedroom house in Woodstock, OX20 1AB, a historic market town, with all local amenities. Residents have free access to Blenheim Palace grounds. Four double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom, 2 en suites. Large living room with gas fire. Spacious conservatory. Modern kitchen/dining room with all appliances. Study with fitted units. Enclosed garden, parking for 3–4 cars. Suitable for family or professional sharers. Contact or phone 07942 305495.

A well-presented 2-bedroom mid-terrace house situated in east Oxford, near Cowley Rd with access to local amenities. Accommodation comprises front and rear living rooms, fitted kitchen with appliances, 2 first-floor bedrooms—large and medium sized—toilets on ground and first floor, bathroom with shower, rear garden. Currently let as 3-bedroom house including front living room. Rent £1,000 p.c.m. Tel.: 020 8748 1923.

Wytham—charming 3-bedroom thatched cottage in the popular village of Wytham. Large garden in peaceful location and only 10–15 mins. drive from Oxford city centre. Available Aug., rent £1,550 p.c.m. Contact Finders Keepers 01865 311011, website reference 4439,

Available for Aug. Lovely 3-bedroom terraced house and garden in Oxford, walking distance of the town centre, with parking, £1,200 p.c.m., inclusive. Email:

Cycling distance from University Parks—a newly refurbished 3-bedroom townhouse with garden and garage in a quiet close in Summertown. Available July, £1,495 p.c.m. Contact Finders Keepers 01865 311011, website reference 3354,

Jericho—a mid-terrace Victorian house, 1 bed and study with patio/terrace. Located in central Jericho close to all University departments. Available Sept., £1,025 p.c.m. Contact Finders Keepers 01865 311011, website reference 1563,

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Flats to Let

Academic visitor, student, or employee of the University? Also try the University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office website.

Central north Oxford: 10 mins. walk to city centre, main University buildings, parks, close to river. Available mid- Aug. 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 bedroom/study, large drawing room, newly refurbished modern kitchen, bathroom. Broadband, large secluded garden, off-street parking. Tel./fax: 01865 552400. Mobile: 07789 092274. Email:

Ethical letting? 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

Various houses/flats to let around the London M25 area. Short-term lets only, i.e., less than 3 months. Ideal for summer/winter breaks. For more information, please email us at Web:

Cowley Rd/St Clements'. Available late Aug./early Sept. Large, recently refurbished flat (unfurnished), within 4 mins. walk of Magdalen Bridge; 3 bedrooms, large sitting room, separate dining room, fully fitted kitchen, bathroom, shower room and separate toilet. Off- peak c.h., double glazed throughout, £975 p.c.m., no deposit. Email: Tel.: 07980 796009.

North and central north Oxford apartments. North: 1 bedroom £725 from Aug. or Sept.; 2 bedrooms (1 double 1 single) £825 available from Aug., Sept. or Oct. Central north: 1 bedroom £795 from early Oct.; 2 bedrooms £915 from Aug. Rents exclude utilities, council tax. Suited to mature professional visiting academics. Good residential amenity area with easy access to most University departments. Tel.: 01865 516144. Email:

Inner north Oxford (close to St Hugh's, Wolfson). Spacious, light, 1-bedroom flat with picture windows, balcony, off- street parking. Unfurnished but extensive cupboards and bookcases, fridge, washing machine, cooker. Available end-July, £850 p.c.m., 1-year let. Tel.: 01865 513326.

Furnished studio flat for rent in Wolvercote, separate kitchen and bathroom. Suitable for academic or other professional. Available from 1 Aug. for minimum 6 months. Comfortable, sunny flat in good condition, c.h., washing machine, all mod cons. Space in garage for 1 car and separate, large storage room. On bus route, walking distance to Summertown and Port Meadow. Rent £580 p.c.m., excl. References required. For information, please email

New furnished flat, Jericho. Two- bedroom flat (Walton Well Rd), available 6 Sept. for 1 year or less. Fully furnished, finished to exceptional standard. Large terrace, all appliances, walk to University, near best schools, parks, quiet, easy to maintain, under-floor heating. Two full bathrooms, 1 off master bedroom, built-in cupboards, washer, drier, £1,395 p.m. Allocated inside parking additional £100 p.m. Contact A Gaston. Email: Tel.: 613 745 1368 (Canada).

Light airy modernised 1-bedroom flat on top floor of family house overlooking green, within Oxford city boundary. From Sept./Oct. for up to a year, 2 months' notice either way. Stunning views, all mod cons incl. dishwasher, 2½ miles city centre, walking distance and nearer to parts of University. Regular bus route, unproblematic parking, £845 p.c.m. incl. bills except telephone. References required. Contact

One-bedroom flat for rent—very spacious, modern, excellent condition in desirable location of Waterways development (near Summertown, north Oxford) with parking. Partly furnished. Suit professionals/academics; 6-month to 1-year let, available end of July; £925 p.c.m. (ONO) plus bills. Tel.: 07766 815947. Email:

Two-bedroom furnished flat in Butler Close, Jericho (OX2 6JG). Superb location, convenient for colleges and science area. Very near Port Meadow. Would suit postgraduates or professionals. Spacious, quiet, landscaped gardens. Off-street private parking. N-s, no children, no pets. Available early to mid Sept., £885 p.c.m. Call 01865 515932.

A stroll from St Giles'—a well- presented fully furnished, 2-bedroom split-level apartment on the Woodstock Rd. Available Aug., rent £975 p.c.m. Contact Finders Keepers 01865 311011, website reference 2611,

Summertown: quiet, cosy basement studio flat with independent access. Ideal location near shops, cafes, restaurants, sports centre and bus lines. N-s single person, £550 p.m., inclusive. Available end-Aug. Phone 01865 516446.

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House in Taipei to Share

Taipei House on Yangmingshan. Retired professor and Art Historian invites quiet, creative, n-s adult to share large 3- story house on Yangmingshan with greenery on each floor, enormous kitchen, Internet and hot-spring bath; 15–20 mins. fresh-air walk to Chinese Culture University or Yangmingshan National Park. By month or year. See are. Email:

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Accommodation Offered

Academic visitor, student, or employee of the University? Also try the University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office website.

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, kettle, refrigerator, microwave, broadband and central and independent heating. Very moderate terms. Linen, cleaning and breakfast included. Tel./fax: 01865 557879. Email:

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).

North Oxford : large, light, quiet rooms in beautiful, spacious family house. Very comfortable, tastefully furnished, luxury bathrooms, lovely garden. Short or long term, good rates, wireless, parking. Suit prof/graduates/academics. Tel.: 07725 037775.

North Oxford . Independent male graduate wanted to share quiet house with owner. Spacious room with large table, share of kitchen, bathroom. House faces the Thames and Port Meadow. Photos available by email. Rent £63 p.w., inclusive. Please telephone 01865 515379.

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 non- smokers. Rent £110 p.w. incl. gas and electricity, council tax and water rate charges. For further information email: or call 01865 292801.

Short-term lets, 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. Self-contained annexe of private house in Cassington, 3 miles west of Oxford along A40. N-s only. Weekly £250, monthly £850, everything included. Contact:; 01865 883991.

Single room available in quiet and friendly n-s house shared with 1 other along Cumnor Hill. Excellent access to city centre via bus, and Botley shops within walking distance. Rent £430 p.m., inclusive of utilities, council tax and wireless broadband (reduction possible if full-time student). Would suit mature postgraduate or professional. Available late Aug. Email:

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Self-catering Apartments

Weekly Home offers fully furnished and serviced accommodation for 1 week to several months. Our properties are very high quality and include apartments in north Oxford/Summertown, popular with visiting academics from UK and overseas. Also properties for short lets in most other areas of Oxford, including city centre, plus south Oxfordshire and Woodstock. See for details of all accommodation. Or email, or phone 01193 811711 with specific requirements.

OxfordShortlets offers a portfolio of high- quality, self-catering, short-let properties as an excellent alternative to hotel, guesthouse or 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 to several months. OxfordShortlets caters for professional individuals, groups or families while visiting Oxford for holiday, business, academic and relocation purposes or for temporary accommodation between homes. For more information, please contact us. Tel.: 01865 311696. Fax: 01865 511010. Email: Web:

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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. For details of our services or informal help and advice without obligation, contact us. Tel.: 01865 764533. Fax: 01865 764777. Email: Or visit our website,, 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:

Civilised low-cost accommodation is needed by 21 July in north or central Oxford by a quiet, cultivated person (mid-40s). In return, support or labour is offered with excellent references and professional experience in the following areas: administration, tuition and academic research in several fields; also gardening, decorating, cookery and care work. Please apply to for full details, or call 07866 796295.

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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:

Cornwall, cottage and restored chapel in quiet hamlet on South-west Coastal Footpath within 100m of the sea and minutes from Caerhays and Heligan. Each property sleeps 6. Comfortably furnished, c.h., wood burner and broadband. Ideal for reading, writing, painting, walking. From £200, low season. Tel.: 01865 558503. See:

South of France, Port- Vendres—apartment in converted wine warehouse with harbour view. Sleeps 4/6. Fully fitted out with air conditioning and own parking space. Lift gives direct access to quayside. Port-Vendres and neighbouring Collioure home to Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Fauvist movement, due to stunning scenery and special light—where Pyrenees meet Mediterranean. Daily flights to Perpignan airport 40 mins. away. Email:

Southern California. Aug. rental—large 3-bedroom house (weekly lets available). Full kitchen, master bedroom with en suite, double room with double bed and large room with king-sized sofa bed. Living room—TV/DVD/CD player, fireplace. Laundry, air con, garden with grill/mountain view, key to members' pool and tennis courts. Half hour to Disneyland, 1 hour to LA, 20 mins. to Pacific ocean; £600 p.w. Contact:

Superb French holiday. Luxury Gascone- style farmhouse in the Lot et Garonne, south- west France. Near the village of Monclar de Agenais. Sleeps 6. Barbecue area and pool. Sample excellent cuisine and wines of the region. Christmas special £1,200 p.w. Nearest airport Bergerac approx. 40 mins. Late availability July, Aug., Sept., Oct. Email: for prices.

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