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Oxford University Gazette, 22 April 2010 : 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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Trustee Sought for Ethox Foundation

The Ethox Foundation—a charity seeking to improve clinical ethical standards in healthcare practice—seeks to appoint new Treasurer. Person will be CCAB-qualified accountant and strategic thinker with experience in investment management. Previous experience in charitable sector an advantage. Treasurer will oversee financial matters and report to Board of Trustees about Foundation's financial health. Will also take active part in governance of Foundation, concentrating on financial strategy and management of investments. Foundation employs an accountant to prepare management accounts, with day-to-day financial matters handled by charity's administrator. Position not remunerated but reasonable out-of-pocket expenses paid. Will require initial investment of few days for induction and review, then perhaps equivalent of 1 day per month. Board meetings held quarterly in Oxford. For information, contact Andrew Cooper: 01865 287893 or Web:

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Schola Cantorum of Oxford: 50th Anniversary Concert, Sat. 1 May, 8 pm, Sheldonian Theatre. Schola—conducted by James Burton—will be joined by soloists Emma Kirkby and Christine Rice, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and an alumni chorus. Programme: Bach Magnificat, Handel Dixit Dominus, James MacMillan Bring us O Lord God (world premiere). Tickets from, 01865 305305.

Oxford Chamber Music Society concert in Holywell Music Room, Sun. 25 Apr., 3 pm. Badke String Quartet plays Haydn in D minor op 76.2, Bartok no 3, and Ravel in F. Tickets from Oxford Playhouse: 01865 305305, Free Cavatina tickets for 8--25 year-olds (ID).

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Student Conference

The Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality (CRAE), organised through the Oxford University Student Union, is holding a student conference, 'Race and the (imagi)nation: discourses of (post)race, culture and agency,' on Sat. 24 Apr. in the Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's, beginning at 9.30. Keynote speaker at 4.30: Dr Nirmal Puwar, 'The space of Obama.' Further information:

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Carers Sought for Interviews

Are you looking after an older person and in employment? Have you ever combined work and care for an older person? If yes, the Oxford Institute of Ageing would like to interview you for the Carers@Work project. We want to find out how people combine work and care, and what employers and government can do to help them. If you're interested or have questions, contact Kate Hamblin: 01865 612810 or

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Study Days

St Theosevia Centre For Christian Spirituality open study days. Saturdays, 10.30–4, St Theosevia House, 2 Canterbury Rd: 8 May, Dr Nicholas Gendle, 'The mosaics of Ravenna—art and liturgy'; 5 June, Metropolitan Kallistos, Revd Dr Allan Doig, Revd Dr Robin Gibbons, 'The beauty of holiness: spirituality in liturgy and architecture.' Plus an evening of music: 'The Holy Eucharist,' with Metropolitan Kallistos, Sat. 19 June, 8 pm. Study days £5, students free. No booking needed. Enquiries: 01865 310341,

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Third Herculaneum Conference (Fri. 11–Sun. 13 June). The Friends of Herculaneum Society, jointly with Il Centro Internationale per gli Studi di Herculaneum, are holding a conference in Herculaneum including talks and site visits. Fee £150 (£120 concessions). Flights and accommodation extra. Must be a member to attend—membership starts at just £15 per annum (concessions). Details of conference and membership at:, (2)88260,

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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 or partners of visiting scholars, of graduate students and of 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 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 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 Ltd provides professional, comprehensive service in all aspects of tree and shrub maintenance throughout Oxfordshire. Established in 1993, we have built a professional reputation of integrity, reliability and efficiency, combined with passion and dedication for tree preservation and maintenance. The combination of skills and experience provides the best tree care solutions and ensures high commitment to customer care and satisfaction. Office: 08454 582980. Mobile: 07976 261850. Email: Visit:

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:

Chauffeur/taxi service. Reliable, experienced service available for business or pleasure. Airports/docks/Eurostar, etc. Comfortable Mercedes E-class and 7-passenger XLWB Mercedes Viano for those with lots of luggage. Child seats available. Fully licensed and insured. Sample car prices: Oxford to Heathrow, £68; Eurostar, £90; Gatwick, £119. Call Clive Roberts to discuss your needs or for advice. Account customers welcome. Mobile: 07917 566077. Home: 01865 778608. Email:

Alexander Technique—recent research published in the British Medical Journal demonstrates the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique for chronic low back pain. To find out more go to and put 'Alexander Technique' in the search box, or go to Lessons in central Oxford and Headington. Student rates. Four-week introductory classes on Tues. evenings in Oxford. Stephen Cooper: 01865 765511;;

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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.

Tidy Outlook services: garden maintenance including grass cutting, hedge trimming, pruning, lopping, weeding and garden clearance. Friendly family service, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or just one visit. Fully insured, free estimates, small jobs welcome. Please tel. 01865 891749 or 01235 532136.

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Situations Vacant

Advanced Studies in England, Bath, seeks Director. ASE, a branch campus of Franklin and Marshall College, offers an exceptional study abroad experience to American undergraduate students. Please see: We are seeking to appoint an experienced Study Abroad Director to have overall responsibility for all aspects of the ASE Programme. This includes overseeing the academic, social and cultural programmes, managing a small staff and tutors, and liaising with US affiliate colleges. The successful candidate will hold a PhD and possess direct knowledge of British universities and American liberal arts colleges. The post involves regular travel to the US. Closing date: 14 May. Interview date: end of June. Commencement date: autumn 2010. Further details may be obtained from Dean Kent Trachte at:

Practice Manager required for busy central Oxford GP practice 30 hours p.w. We are looking for a leader with strong interpersonal skills to join us. Previous NHS management experience would be an advantage but is not essential. Job specification available on request. Closing date for applications Fri. 7 May. For more information, please telephone Meriel Redknap on 01865 311500.

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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 seek quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area, we can help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel and other professionals. We aim to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit for details of all properties available. Or phone, fax or email with your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533. Fax: 01865 764777. Email:

Live in comfort near the Thames, a short walk to the river and city centre. Beautiful eclectic Victorian house, 4 bedrooms, large split-level living room, Wi-Fi, dining room, modern and fully equipped kitchen. New bathroom with spacious shower, free-standing bath, double sinks, bidet, WC; new shower room with WC. South-facing garden. Residents' parking, bicycle(s). Available: end of June to beginning of Sept. Price negotiable. Tel.: +44 (0)1865 725193.

House to let, 3 double bedrooms, OX4, St Clement's. Great location for town and Headington hospitals. Furnished, washing machine, dishwasher. Small garden. Suit professionals (sorry, no students), £1,200 plus bills. Email:

Jericho: furnished house available 1 Aug. Walk to University, secluded garden, near best schools, parks. Cosy, quiet, easy to maintain, c.h., period charm. Includes granny flat, all appliances, telephone, 3 bedrooms (2.5 baths), £1,750 p.m. Available 1 year or less. Contact: Tel. (Canada): 613 745 1368.

Family house in Wolvercote: well furnished and equipped, 4 bedrooms (1 double, 3 singles), 1 bathroom, 1 shower room, large sunny living room/dining room/kitchen, also separate sitting room. Garage with bikes, washing machine and freezer. Large sunny garden, 10 mins. by bus to Oxford city centre. To let from Aug. for 12 months plus, £1,545 p.m. Email: Tel.: 00 33 (0)5 55 28 50 46.

Fantastic barn conversion—situated 10 miles north/west of Oxford on our quiet Cotswold farm: sleeps 4, with 2 comfortable bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, modern kitchen and large living area, fully furnished; £1,200 p.c.m. Email

North Oxford family home in cul-de-sac ending in park available 20 May–13 June. Accommodation includes 4+ bedrooms, 2+ baths, lovely sunny extension overlooking enclosed garden, recently remodelled kitchen, and all mod cons. Ground floor adapted for wheelchair user. Easy bus access to city centre; £325 per week, all inclusive except telephone. Use of car could be arranged. Email:

To let—available Apr. 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, bedlinen, etc. Rent £1,100 p.c.m. Deposit £1,600. Council tax (2010--11) £1,806.69. Tel.: 01235 (+44 1235) 834740. Email:

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 7 July to 28 Sept. (12 weeks approx.). Rent £3,500 for the period plus phone and utilities. For careful and caring tenants. Non-smokers please. Deposit and references required. Email: Tel.: + 44 (0)1865 516556 (drop the '0' when phoning from abroad).

Attractive 2-bedroom semi-detached furnished house for rent in converted old school. Situated in quiet area in Temple Cowley (OX4). Upstairs bathroom with shower and bath. G.c.h. Off-street parking and small private walled garden. Suit professional person or couple, £875 p.c.m. Available immediately. Please call 07973 383828 for more information.

Available Aug., fully furnished, recently refurbished house, Iffley village. Ten mins. bike ride to University; large, secluded garden with swimming pool; c.h.; all appliances. Three/four bedrooms, 2 new bathrooms, £2,000 p.m. incl. all utilities, o.n.o. Contact: Tel.: 01865 426921/07854 889294.

Lovely 4-bedroom detached house for rent in popular Staunton Rd, Headington, £1,800 p.c.m. Large enclosed rear garden with terrace. Garage and off-road parking. Fully furnished including washing machine, tumble drier, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. Ground floor: large hallway, lounge, family room, cloakroom, toilet, kitchen/diner and utility. First floor: 3 double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom and family bathroom. Available July. Contact owner direct. Email: Tel.: +44 7803131109.

Charming artists' family house in central Charlbury available for short-term lets, May–Sept. Five bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 a shower). Four reception rooms full of light and character. Conservatory and stunning walled garden. Charlbury is 15 mins. from Oxford by train, and an ideal base for Stratford and the Cotswolds; £900-£1,500 p.w. Contact: or tel. 07971 007576.

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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.

Visiting Oxford? We have studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments conveniently located for the various colleges and University departments, available for 1 week to several months. Apartments are serviced, linen provided, rental includes all bills. Most of our guests are visiting academics like yourself. Details, photos and prices on our website: Email: or tel.: 01993 811711.

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 more than 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

Garden flat for Oxford summer vacation period, perfect for, e.g., academic researcher. Very quiet, near city centre, on bus route. Newly finished, modern, spacious, all services included, £675 p.m. Contact:

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., £400 p.m., council tax, broadband and bills excluded. Tel.: 01865 711577 (6.45–8 pm). Mobile: 07810 194454. Email:

Light airy modernised 1-bedroom flat on top floor of family house overlooking green, within Oxford city boundary. From Apr. initially for up to 6 months, 2 months notice either way. Stunning views, all mod cons incl. dishwasher, and weekly cleaning if required; 2.5 miles city centre, walking distance and nearer to parts of University. Regular bus route, unproblematic parking, £945 p.c.m. incl. bills except telephone and Internet. References required. Contact

Available May. Central Headington. Furnished, two-bed flat close to all hospitals and amenities. Fitted kitchen/diner and WM. Large sitting room. Bathroom and separate shower. C.h. and double glazing. Off-street parking. Rent £775 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 768504. Mobile: 07795 423273.

Summer let. Pleasant first-floor flat, situated close to city centre and rail station. Two bedrooms, double, 1 single. Comfortable lounge diner with small balcony overlooking Oxford Marina. Well-equipped kitchen. Parking space. Available June to Sept.—dates flexible, £1,000 p.m., £300 p.w., inclusive. Please tel. 02076 920439 or email

St Clement's area, 10 mins. walk to city center and 3 mins. to shops and restaurants. Beautiful modern second-floor flat with sunny terrace, spacious open-plan kitchen/dining/living area, 1 double bedroom, bathroom, hall. Available fully furnished from 5 June until end Oct. Rent: £875 p.m., all utility bills and council tax incl. Deposit required. Contact: 01865 794548 or email:

Central north Oxford: comfortable, sunny, quiet, third-floor flat in landmark modernist building. Picture windows and south-facing balcony with lovely views of treetops and communal gardens. Open-plan living room/kitchen; double bedroom; bathroom with bath and shower. Conveniently located 5 mins. walk from Summertown, 10 from Jericho, and 20 from centre. Bus stop right outside. Free off-road parking. Fully furnished, double-glazed. No lift, £975 p.c.m., incl. maintenance charge. 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, free wireless broadband and central and independent heating. Very moderate terms. Linen, cleaning and breakfast included. Tel./fax: 01865 557879. Email:

Reduce your kinetic energy and apply an equal and opposite force to a sofa in one of our homes. Finders Keepers—helping Oxford's physicists decelerate for 35-plus years. Tel.: 01865 311011. Web:

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 parents, academics, or just need a weekend away? Oxford Cottages offers 3 spectacular period country cottages 2 miles from Oxford available for 2 nights to several weeks. Featured in Period House and Your Home interiors magazines and on ITV's Live the Dream. Inglenook fireplaces (we supply the logs!), Jacuzzi baths and luxurious bedrooms for the perfect Oxford retreat in unspoilt stone village location. Call Ann: 01865 351530. See:

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Self-catering Apartments

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 surrounding villages. Wide selection of quality homes available for short-stay lets from 1 week to several months. OxfordShortlets caters for professional individuals, groups or families visiting Oxford for holiday, business, academic and relocation purposes or for temporary accommodation between homes. Tel.: 01865 311696. Fax: 01865 511010. Email: Web:

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Office Accommodation Available

Serviced offices. Central Eynsham close to bus stops. We have a range of offices of varying sizes (12 sq m--200 sq m) all include rates, heating, electricity, building insurance, some cleaning. Other facilities available. Up to 100 mbps synchronous broadband, server hosting, back-up facilities, printing facilities, hardware and software rental, Leases available short or long term. Contact Pimms: 01865 881222.

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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 academics, professionals and their families, and have a constant flow of enquiries from good-quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. For details 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.

Milton Friedman the landlord would surely hate the increasing rental legislation, but would inflation boosting his rental income cause him sleepless nights? Finders Keepers—assessing buy-side demand for Oxford's economists for 35-plus years. Tel.: 01865 311011. Web:

Accommodation wanted. A senior American academic couple is seeking accommodation for 2–6 weeks in or near Oxford any time between 15 May and 30 Aug. We would be happy to sub-let, rent, or house-sit a suitable house, apartment, or flat with convenient access to Oxford University. Reply to Dean and Vicki Baldwin at, or Ali Bott at, 07789 933574, or

London apartment sought: Oxford academic couple moving to London seeking a 2-bedroom apartment in north/west/central London from late summer for 1 year. Sound references and financials. Please contact

American academic and spouse seek furnished 2-bedroom flat or house in north or central Oxford mid-Aug. to mid-Dec. Quiet and non-smokers, we need an Internet connection and access to public transportation. Contact Devon Hodges:

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Timeshare for Sale

Excellent bird watching! For sale, Blakeney, north Norfolk. Superior holiday timeshare. One week in mid-Sept. (when the birds arrive!). Detached house, sleeps 6/8; 3 bathrooms; 1 sauna; walled garden. Adjacent to Blakeney Quay. Boat available, £2,250 for a long lease (negotiable). Details: Coker 01993 704829.

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Holiday Lets

Midhurst. Romantic old-fashioned cottages in national park: open fires, polished floors, simple kitchens, many books, no TVs. Gorgeous unspoiled 5-bed 17th-century farmhouse also occasionally available. Own 190-acre organic farm—woods, valleys, river, wildlife. Absurdly cheap in winter. 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. Short winter breaks available from £200. Tel.: 01865 558503 or 07815 296675. See:

Greek island holidays. Since 1992, Thalpos Holidays has been personally selecting holiday properties and locations for independent travellers and their families. Villas with private pools and charming cottages by the sea in Skopelos, Skiathos, Alonissos, Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Kefalonia, Zante and, new for this year, coastal locations in the southern Peloponnese. Prices start from £65 per night! Visit us at or contact us at Tel.: +30 24240 29036.

Tuscany: Nozzano castello, Lucca. Built on lower slopes of castle rampart; 15 mins. from town centre. Converted, restored, fully furnished, equipped stone barn for rental to holiday-makers or businessmen. Upstairs double bedroom with en suite bathroom; ground-floor living room with en suite kitchen, second bathroom; basement room with single and double sofa beds; laundry room. Small front garden. Sleeps 6. Near Pisa, Florence and seaside resorts. Contact

Cevennes: Mediterranean climate, dramatic mountain scenery, superb walking/river-swimming. Roman Provence/Rhone and Languedoc vineyards. Two spacious, refurbished, entirely independent apartments with c.h. and covered terraces in 17th–19th cent. stone 'mas' near Mont Lozere, sleeping 8 and 5/6 respectively. Shady gardens/boulodrome/barbecue, quiet hamlet—near shops/markets. Available separately but particularly suitable for groups holidaying together. From £280 p.w. Easy access via trains/budget airlines. Further details: 01527 541360.

Western France, 40 mins. from La Rochelle and Atlantic beaches in Venise Verte village. Comfortable, charming village house sleeping 6-plus in 3 bedrooms with large bathroom. Beams, books, log fires and piano! Enclosed garden with wood oven. Access to canal network and private canoe. Ideal for cycling, walking, boating, fishing, painting, writing, touring. Good location for days out or just pottering locally, £465 p.w., high season. Email: Web:

French Riviera: 2-bedroom, quiet, fully equipped flat with large terrace and magnificent sea views, 50m in line of sight from the sea near Le Lavandou (between Toulon and St Tropez) available for rent. Comfortably sleeps 5. Direct RyanAir connection from Stansted, €40–90 per night. Available during Easter vacation. Not available from 21 July–19 Aug. See photos and details at Email:

France: Charente/Dordogne border. Fully restored, early 19th-century luxurious house in Villebois-Lavalette. Five bedrooms (4 with modernized en suite bathrooms); 2 bedrooms are interconnected and could be family suite. We do limit the number of guests to 8. Heated swimming pool 5m x 10m. Available early June to mid-Oct., £1,400 p.w. See website (has contact email address):

Swanage, Dorset. Spacious first-floor, 1-bedroom flat in Edwardian house. Comfortable, well-furnished accommodation with living/dining room, separate well-equipped kitchen, bathroom, double bedroom and g.c.h. Quiet location within a few mins. walk of beach and coastal path. Perfect for walkers and bird watchers. Suitable for 2 n-s adults. Further details on request. Prices from £200 p.w. Short breaks available. Email or call 07818 068892.

Venice: spacious, gloriously sunny apartment looking south across Campo Santa Margherita, in the heart of Dorsoduro. Three bedrooms, 1 in the 13th-century campanile, 2 bathrooms, sitting room, large kitchen/dining room. Terrazza floors, wood-beam ceilings. Sleeps 6. From £1,200 p.w. Contact

Scotland, Moray Firth. Spacious holiday house in the pretty coastal town of Cullen. Located in the 'Seatown' conservation area near beaches, harbour, golf course and walking routes. Excellent restaurants, pubs and shops nearby; 60 mins. drive from Aberdeen airport. Sleeps 6+. Contact: Tel.: 07979 872067.

North Spain—beautiful duplex for rent in historic centre of Gijon, Asturias. Sea views, <50m from beaches and marina. Surrounded by historic buildings, restaurants, shops, etc. Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms—sleeps up to 6. Families welcome (cot, highchair available). Close to Picos de Europa mountains and 30 mins. from Asturias airport served by Easyjet from Stansted; €450–€700 p.w. Experience a different Spain! For more details: or contact

Porthleven, Cornwall. Two-bedroom bungalow with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Sleeps 4. Extensively refurbished, and fitted out with new luxury furniture and fittings. Double glazing, c.h. and wood burner. Five mins. walk from harbour and coastal path. It consists of: lounge, dining room, conservatory, 2 double bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, utility, gardens, driveway; £212–£587. Contact Peter Meredith at or call 07745 479151 for more information.

Dordogne, near Mussidan. Two homes: a comfortable, recently restored farmhouse (Lavaure-Haute) and a charming converted barn (La Grange) set in 15 acres of woodland with complete privacy from one another and from other properties. Lavaure-Haute sleeps 8; La Grange sleeps 5. Tranquil setting, shared pool, landscaped grounds. Perfect for family holidays or rural retreats, 30 mins. from Bergerac, 1 hour from Bordeaux. For details see: Email: Tel.: 01865 862519.

North Yorkshire coast. Comfortable, well-appointed Georgian house available for holiday lets in Robin Hood's Bay. Garden, sea views, c.h., private parking. Sleeps 9-plus but special rates for couples and small parties. Fully equipped kitchen, dining room, large comfortable sitting room on ground floor; 3 bedrooms (1 en suite), family bathroom, further sitting room on first floor; 2 further bedrooms, bathroom on second floor. Contact Val Everton: 01904 656401; 07592 590727;

House in southern Brittany. In rural village near Baud (N24 between Rennes and L'Orient). Two bedrooms (1 double, 2 single beds), bathroom on each floor. Lounge with English TV, wooden beams and wood-burning stove, kitchen, small patio area, 40km from Carnac and beaches. Country walking, golf, river Blavet for canoeing, cycling or fishing; £400 p.w., incl. Contact

Southwest France: sixteenth-century cottage with pool in truffle country near Périgueux. Sleeps 5. Fully equipped and heated, £650 p.w. July, Aug., Sept.; £600 p.w. May, June, Oct.; £550 p.w. rest of year. Additional accommodation in former cart shed sleeps 3, fully equipped and heated, £400 p.w. July, Aug., Sept.; £350 p.w. May, June, Oct.; £300 p.w. rest of year. Contact: Tel.: (1)646 678 3671 (until 30 Apr.) then (33)607437385.

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Seeking House to Purchase

Seeking to buy house in Walton Manor. We are interested in buying a house in Hayfield Rd or nearby. Our own house is currently under offer so we are in a strong position to buy, but able to take our time for the right house. Please contact directly

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