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Oxford University Gazette, 26 March 2009 : Advertisements


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Gazette publication arrangements

Advertisers are asked to note that this is the final Gazette of Hilary Term. Publication for Trinity Term 2009 will begin on 23 April. The usual deadline will continue to apply (see above).

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Chamblin Memorial Lecture

The third Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture will take place in Cambridge at 5 pm on Mon., 4 May. Professor Paul Davies will speak on 'How many universes are there?' Further information about the memorial lecture series can be found at www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/gr/about/andrew-chamblin.html.

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Brookes Lectures

Oxford Brookes University presents the International and Military Studies Seminar, 5 pm, the Buckley Building, Oxford Brookes University: Tues., 21 Apr., Professor Saul David, 'The first Anglo-Afghanistan War, 1839–42: a warning from history'; Tues., 5 May, Professor N. A. M. Rodger, 'Writing Britain's naval history: themes and variations'. All enquiries: dlowry@brookes.ac.uk or ashley.jackson@kcl.ac.uk.

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Workshop

The British Empire and the Second World War: a 1-day workshop focusing on current research, 3 Apr., at Mansfield College. Sponsored by the Defence Studies Department, King's College, London and World War II Quarterly. If interested in attending, contact Dr Ashley Jackson: ashley.jackson@kcl.ac.uk. Places limited; no charge to attend.

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Volunteer Needed

Help refugees gain their rights: 99% of refugees in the world have no rights. A network is being established to promote and assist the provision of legal aid for refugees in the global south (see www.srlan.org/srlantest/). Keen volunteer needed to help establish information platform. Essential requirements: computer literacy, organisational skills, and deep concern for the dire situation of refugees. Apply to Barbara Harrell-Bond, 298 Banbury Rd, Flat 2; 01865 424697; barbara.harrell-bond@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

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Clinical Trials Participants Sought

Oxford clinical vaccine trials: participants wanted. Would you like to be involved in the development of vaccines against malaria, TB, flu and more? If you are aged 18–50 and in good health, you could be eligible and will be reimbursed for participating. For more information: 01865 857406; vaccinetrials@well.ox.ac.uk.

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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 and history of the library's collections at the heart of the University. For over 20 years, guided tours of the library have been conducted by a team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers. We are looking for candidates with an ability and desire to communicate accurate information in a clear, friendly manner. Full training, information and support given. For more information or application form, contact 01865 277216.

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Healthy Volunteers Required

The Department of Psychiatry is running a research study to assess emotional processing in healthy male volunteers receiving a single dose of a new drug for possible antidepressant and anxiolytic action. To volunteer, you must be: male; aged 18–45 (inclusive); fit and well, both physically and mentally; a fluent English speaker; able to spare 2 1/2 days and 1 full day with overnight stay; a non- or light smoker. On completion of study, you will be paid £320 plus travel expenses. More information: 01865 522966 or clinical-trial-105012@psych.ox.ac.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, 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: http://oxforduniversity.newcomersclub.googlepages.com.

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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: 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, 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 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: enquiries@instructortraining.org.uk. Website: www.instructortraining.org.uk.

Hope Services is a family-run typesetting company established more than 35 years ago. Based in the heart of Oxfordshire, we specialise in the styling and production of published material. We regularly work on all types of publications including 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. 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/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 cliveroberts@talktalk.net 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, warwick@thehouseofeden.co.uk. Web: www.thehouseofeden.co.uk.

Indexer available. More than thirty years' experience of 'back-of-the-book' indexing in a variety of subjects, from the Oxford Illustrated Encyclopaedia to the annual index for the Oxford Calendar. Specialties include: archaeology, architecture, art, biography, botany, education, geography, history, literature. Contact Ann Hall at alanindex@tiscali.co.uk or 01683 221310.

Berkeley Executive Cars. Safe, comfortable and reliable travel by chauffeur-driven Mercedes E-class, BMW 7 Series or MPV for larger groups. Door-to-door service for airport transfers, special occasions or evening engagements. Police and licensing-authority approved. References available. Freephone 0800 6 118538 or +44 (0)7775 647790. Web: www.berkeleyexecutivecars.com.

Life After the Break is an 8-week course for people coming to terms with the ending of a relationship. Participants are enabled to share their experience with others facing similar difficulties and gain insight and confidence. For more information, or to enrol on the next course that starts on 29 Apr., contact Relate on 01865 242960 or email training@relate-oxfordshire.org.

Cook—get ahead for Easter. Dishes for the deep freeze or family lunch or friends to lunch, tea, dinner cooked for you in your home. Delicious and cheaper than a restaurant. Contact 07990 542643 to talk about ideas.

Organise your private or business life—secretary/PA available on freelance basis. Efficient, neat and organised. I can work from home or travel to your home or office on an hourly, daily or one-off-project basis. Please telephone 07990 542643 or email susiegatehouse@googlemail.com.

Piano lessons. Experienced teacher; adults and children; all grades. Beginners welcome. Contact Miss P. Read, BA (Hons) L.R.A.M. (Islip, Oxford). Tel.: 01865 331147.

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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

Christ Church seeks Canons' Verger to join small team responsible for key aspects of day-to-day running of Cathedral. Vergers undertake wide range of tasks, including preparing for and attending services, and assisting in ministry to visitors. Seeking friendly, conscientious, self- motivated person to work under Dean's Verger. Previous experience not essential. Salary from £14,000 p.a. plus accommodation, 38 hours p.w., 25 days holiday. Closing date 21 April; interviews 5 May. Subject to CRB check. Further information: Millius Palayiwa, Christ Church, OX1 1DP; 01865 276155; millius.palayiwa@chch.ox.ac.uk.

Part-time Office Administrator and Accounts Clerk, 4 hours flexi-time per day, £1,000 p.m., Oxford Business Park North. Orchestra Europa is seeking part-time Administrator to support the development of this exciting and innovative organisation. Working with an experienced management team, you will be responsible for day-to-day running of our Oxford office, supporting the organisation's artistic work and taking a key role as bookkeeper. Being highly motivated with excellent interpersonal skills, you will be equally at home working individually or as part of a team. You will have the confidence and experience to take decisions when necessary and be able to work under pressure to meet deadlines. Bookkeeping, cash-flow management and dealing with suppliers will be key strengths, as will experience of IT, spreadsheets, etc. Hours of work can be flexible to suit successful candidate. For full details, contact 01865 487190 or email admin@orchestraeuropa.org. Closing date 3 Apr; interviews 10 Apr.

The Institute of Conservation (Icon), Chantry Library, Grove Cottage, Oxford seeks Library and Information Manager full-time, 1 year with possibility of extension, £27,000–30,000. The library is the resource centre of Icon, providing practice-based and research-led information to support work of members and raise awareness of heritage conservation issues. Seeking an imaginative, forward-thinking person to develop the educational potential of the library, and use their understanding of new technologies and e- communication to broaden access and appeal. Closes 14 Apr. Further particulars and application: www.icon.org.uk.

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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 www.qbman.co.uk 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: 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 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: www.oxfordlet.com.

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 www.collegeandcounty.biz.

Central Oxford (OX3). Family house for cat lovers: 1 Aug.–15 Oct. Suits mature academic and family. Three bedrooms, living room, large kitchen, 3 baths, beautiful conservatory, garden, fully furnished. Near bus route, bike path. Reduced rent for minding 3 cats and garden (£1,000 p.m.). Please contact Herb Marsh, email: herb.marsh@education.ox.ac.uk.

Summertown (near St Edward's School). For rent: large comfortable 3-bedroom semi-detached house with garden and patio. Easy access to the city and colleges. Available 5 July–1 Sept. (approx. 8 weeks). Rent £2,000 for the period plus phone (with free broadband) and utilities. For careful and caring tenants. N-s please. Deposit and references required. Email: illustrator@korkypaul.com. Phone: + 44 (0)1865 516556 (drop the '0' when phoning from abroad).

Lovely east Oxford home, OX4. Available late June for 1 year. Between Cowley Rd and Brookes, 1 mile to town centre in quiet residential area with excellent transport links. Two double and 1 single bedrooms, with option for fourth double bedroom/study downstairs. Two bathrooms, large kitchen/diner/living room (8m x 4m), all mod cons, (g.c.h., double glazing, Wi-Fi, dishwasher), small garden, £1,200 p.c.m., excl bills. Contact 01865 790838 or sarah@newroads.co.uk.

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 minute to butcher, pub, post office, buses to Oxford. Rent £1,200 p.m., o.n.o. Available 1 Apr., 12-month contract. Details and photos: 07792 224718 or duncanpwebb@mac.com.

Available Sept., furnished house, Jericho. Walk to University, secluded garden, near best schools, parks, cozy, quiet, easy to maintain, c.h., period charm. All appliances, telephone, linen, dishes. Two bedrooms (1½ baths), £1,395 p.m. or 3 bedrooms (2½ baths), £1,695 p.m., available 1 year or less. Contact: gaston@cyberus.ca. Telephone Canada: 613 745 1368.

Beautiful 3-bed Jericho house available, £1,400 p.m., for 1 year from 1 June or possibly 15 Sept. Phone Thomas on 0207 833 4006.

Exquisite cottage on stream. Detached, prize-winning, self-contained with parking. Traditional country village 2 miles Headington, 4 miles city centre, 5 mins. M40. Large double bedroom, dressing room, bathroom, utility, sitting room, modern kitchen, terrace overlooking stream, garden and croquet lawn with gardener. Rental 3 months–2 years flexible, £1,200 p.c.m. Tel.: +44 (0)1865 358554.

Central Oxford townhouse for University staff or visiting academics with University association. Easy walking distance from libraries, museums, colleges. One double bedroom. Fully furnished, £1,500 p.c.m. incl. internet, gas, electricity and local calls. Available from 6 June. Contact patricia.davies@orinst.ox.ac.uk.

Close to the city centre—charming 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house in a quiet side street off Abingdon Rd. Spacious kitchen with dining area and separate living room with French doors leading on to the pretty landscaped garden. Garage and on-street parking. Available May, £1,095 p.c.m. Property reference number 50383. View photos and full details on our website, www.finders.co.uk. Tel.: 01865 297999.

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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- June and Sept. 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: ss.grosvenor@btinternet.com.

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 rentals@st-jamesinvestments.com. Web: www.st-jamesinvestments.com.

Central north Oxford. Comfortable flat with large rooms, a piano and books, and a garden, to let in June and July. It is well equipped, including broadband. It would suit 1 or 2 non-smokers. Very convenient for city centre and all University buildings. Tel.: 01865 514983.

Charlbury. Beautiful 2-double-bedroom centrally heated flat to let, unfurnished and newly redecorated throughout, in large secluded Victorian house with shared garden. Short walking distance from village centre, pubs, shops and mainline station. Good rail and bus services to and from Oxford (15 mins. by rail) and London. Off-road parking. Would suit academic couple. Tel.: 01865 514417. Email: jcrowther2000@hotmail.com.

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. Rent £675 p.c.m. (for min. 6-month lease), incl. all gas, electricity and council tax. Good security. Suit single n-s professional or academic. Available mid-June. Email: mary@gresham-books.co.uk.

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. to end-Jan, £550 p.m., council tax, broadband and bills excluded. Tel.: 01865 711577 (6.45–8 pm). Mobile: 07810 194454. Email: piero.pinza@virgin.net.

Modern, quiet and light single and double studio apartments and 2-bedroom flat available for short- or medium-term rental—weekly or monthly. Pleasantly situated in east Oxford, 10 mins. walk to Magdalen Bridge, 5 mins. to shops, etc. Self-contained, fully furnished (including linen) and equipped for cooking, laundry (washer/drier) plus wireless broadband, flat-screen TV, DVD, CD player, c.h. Serviced and fresh linen weekly. Off-road car parking. Contact 07504 927615; stay@oxfordbythemonth.com.

North Parade—charming fully furnished 1-bedroom flat in the heart of north Oxford. Available mid-Apr., £750 p.m. Tel.: 01865 513816 weekdays or email cr@felicitybryan.com.

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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: dvl23@talktalk.net.

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).

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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 www.weeklyhome.com for details of all accommodation. Or email info@weeklyhome.com, 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: admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk. Web: www.oxfordshortlets.co.uk.

One-bedroom flat, Banbury Rd, north Oxford. Third-floor, 1-bedroom apartment in Banbury Rd complex, private balcony. Seven mins. walk from Summertown shops, bus stops to and from city centre outside entrance. Off-street parking, all modern conveniences. Linen and towels provided, broadband/wireless. All costs included in price. From £400 p.w. Tel.: 07787 124247 (mobile) or 01844 237327. Email: acgregory@waitrose.com. Web: www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/banburyroadflat.

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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: info@qbman.co.uk. Or visit our website, 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.

We are a professional family of 2 adults, 2 children and 2 well-behaved cats, looking for an unfurnished home to rent from 31 May for 4–6 months initially. One of the adults spends weekdays in London. We'd like 3 bedrooms and a garden, and north or central Oxford would be ideal. Happy to pay rent up front for the right house. Please contact wendytwist@yahoo.com or call 07732 951938.

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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.

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

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: www.cornwallcornwall.com.

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 June–Oct. From £750 p.w. Tel.: 01865 513739. Email: ernesto.macaro@education.ox.ac.uk.

Northern Cyprus. Villa with pool. Sleeps 5/6. Close Esentepe village with spectacular views over the Med., 20 mins. drive east of Kyrenia, 7 mins. from 18-hole golf course and 10 mins. from huge, sandy beach. From £475 p.w. Email: crholme@btinternet.com. Tel.: 01993 868892.

Southwest France, near Cordes: 100-year- old stone farmhouse with large pool. Extensive grounds and gardens. Sleeps 8 with 2 bathrooms, spacious living and terrace. Available for holiday rents. Local markets, vineyards, canoeing, riding, tennis and wonderful walks nearby. Family owned. Reasonable rates for caring tenants. Contact Sally Simpson. Email: sallyogilvie55@hotmail.com. Mobile: 07960 960298.

Pretty thatched ironstone cottage in Wroxton, north Oxfordshire, available for weekly, weekend and mid-week breaks. Ideal location for exploring Stratford-upon- Avon, Oxford and the Cotswolds. Tastefully renovated and beautifully set up, the cottage is brimming with beams, wooden floors and a huge inglenook fireplace. Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms (2 doubles, 1 small twin/double and 1 twin/king). Full details available at www.wroxtoncottages.co.uk or ring Alison Moore on 07826 553033 for details.

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