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  • Thursday 28 April 2011
  • NO. 4950
  • VOL. 141

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Miscellaneous

House swap wanted

Three-bedroom, 3-bathroom house (with car) in downtown Toronto, Canada, available to swap for similar accommodation in Oxford for 2011–12 academic year. For complete details, see www.torontohomeswap.blogspot.com.

Volunteers needed

Research volunteers needed for study in Oxford. We are looking for healthy women aged 55–65 interested in taking part in our study of body fat and liver function (07/H0605/117) based at the Churchill and JR Hospitals. It would involve 2 short visits and 1 full-day (does not involve dieting). For more information please contact Jane Cheeseman at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism: 01865 857288/9 or jane.cheeseman@ocdem.ox.ac.uk.

Concert

Schola Cantorum of Oxford, the University's premier chamber choir, will be giving a concert on Mon. 2 May at 7.30 pm in Dorchester Abbey. Box office tel.: 0300 030 3003. Tickets also available online. See www.dorchesterfestival.com.

Volunteers needed

Healthy volunteers (18–59, right-handed) wanted for a study investigating the brain's response to exercise. Twelve-week study includes 6 weeks of visiting the Oxford Brookes gym 5 days a week, and 7 visits to John Radcliffe Hospital for brain scans and exercise tests. Compensation for time and travel provided. Contact: exercise@fmrib.ox.ac.uk or 01865 600548.

Board members sought

Members required for international school advisory board. Academics/lecturers sought to serve on the Advisory Board of Oxford International College, an international school with centres in Oxford and China. Experience or interest in any of the following areas would be valuable: admissions, business, Chinese, E&M, engineering, examinations, maths, oriental studies or sciences. These are voluntary positions but include all-expenses visits to China. Please contact Dr Mario Peters: mpeters@oxcoll.com; 01865 203988; www.oxcoll.com.

Poetry reading

Bernard O' Donoghue (Fellow of Wadham and Whitbread prize-winning poet) will read and talk about his poetry, Wed. 4 May at the Quaker Meeting House, 43 St Giles' at 7 for 7.30 p.m. All welcome. Admission free. Collection for Oxford Friends Action on Poverty.

University Farm event

Chicken question time. Tues. 10 May at FAI (Food Animal Initiative) University Farm, Wytham, Oxford OX2 8QJ. A panel of 4 experts will answer questions on all aspects of chicken behaviour and welfare, including keeping chickens in your garden; 7.30 pm start, farm tour at 6.45 pm. Suggested donation £3 (£5 for tour). Proceeds to the Farm Animal Care Trust. Please register your interest and potential questions with corri.waitt@zoo.ox.ac.uk.

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: http://sites.google.com/site/oxforduniversitynewcomersclub/.

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.

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.

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: staff@mbesummertown.co.uk. Also at 94 London Rd, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729. Fax: 01865 742431. Email: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

Tree surgery. Town and Country Trees Ltd, established in 1993, providing practical help and advice in all aspects of tree and shrub maintenance throughout Oxfordshire and surrounding areas. Dedicated and environmentally sympathetic practitioners in tree care and preservation. Contact Paul Hodkinson 07976 261850 or 0845 458 2980.

Airport/taxi service. Highly reliable service, 20 years' experience of getting you to the airport stress free. Business or pleasure. Comfortable Mercedes saloon or Volvo Estate and 7-passenger XLWB Mercedes for those with lots of luggage. Child seats available. Fully licensed and insured. Sample car prices: Oxford to Heathrow, from £70; Eurostar, £95; Cambridge, £120. Call Clive Roberts to discuss your needs or for advice. Account customers welcome. Mobile: 07917 566077. Home: 01865 778608. Email: cliveroberts@talktalk.net.

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.

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.

Presentation skills for your thesis or your lecture. Needing some help to improve these, especially if English is not your first language? Gain style and confidence in your communication. Terms negotiable. Contact qualified English language teacher with TEFL (Cambridge) Dip. on 01235 550310.

IT support. Computer problem needing personal but understanding help? Want to do something and don't know how? We have lots of experience of Oxford IT, supporting people as well as their computers. We can put you on the Internet safely or upgrade your system: PC or Mac. Happy to give advice for free and work on a no-fix/no-fee basis. Call Bob on 01865 880600 or 07768 732123.

Knead Me Massage Therapies can put a spring back in your step with our invigorating Deep Tissue Massage and detoxifying Combination Massage. Renew your vigour this spring with specially tailored massage treatments. Boost your circulation and eliminate toxins, revive your lymphatic system, relax and invigorate your body and mind. Commit to a healthy 2011 and start the week by boosting your energy levels, concentration and productivity. Book now: www.kneadme.co.uk or ferhat@kneadme.co.uk.

Add space, light, views and value to your house! Ask an experienced architect to convert your attic/remodel your house for contemporary living/improve thermal and acoustic insulation/add a new open-plan living/dining/kitchen connecting with the garden. Design and planning application, building regulations, or full architect's services. Free initial consultation. Wanda Kemp-Welch, Chartered Architect: www.wandakempwelcharchitect.co.uk; email: info@wandakempwelcharchitect.co.uk; tel.: 01865 515229.

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.

DP Gardening Services. RHS-trained gardener available across Oxfordshire. Carry out garden makeovers if selling or 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). Member of Buy with Confidence scheme. Excellent references. Contact Debbie Payne on 07810 420711 (mobile) or www.dpgardening.co.uk for more information.

Situations sought

Qualified nanny. Excellent references. Available 2 days per week. Ofsted registered, paediatric first aid, enhanced CRB. Call Amanda: 07989 033551 or 01865 373032.

Houses to let

University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office

The University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office maintains registers of University housing, and of private rental accommodation, available to full-time students, academic visitors, and some employees of the University. See www.admin.ox.ac.uk/accommodation/.

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

For rent to quiet responsible couple with references: 2-bedroom c.h. modern, furnished house with parking, private and communal garden. Very quiet, attractive location (Iffley Turn) close to all amenities. Available from approx. end-Apr. or start of May for minimum 6 months (renewable). Sorry, no children, smokers or pets. Rent around £900–£950 p.m. plus council tax and utilities. (House to be redecorated and refurbished by start of tenancy.) Contact: 01865 361494; southend104@hotmail.com.  

Summertown (nr 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 13 June–25 Sept. (15 weeks). Rent £420 p.w. plus phone and utilities (free Sky Sports TV). For careful and caring tenants. Non-smokers please. Deposit and references required. Email: illustrator@korkypaul.com. Tel.: + 44 (0)1865 516556 (drop the '0' when phoning from abroad).

Oasis in central Montreal. Charming 2-storey house, available for short-term rental (max. 5 months) from mid Sept. onwards, in quiet Georgian courtyard within walking distance of 3 teaching hospitals and 3 universities in what has been called the Paris of the New World. Would suit professor or doctor on sabbatical. This newly decorated house has living room, dining room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and powder room. Small den upstairs could accommodate child’s bed and there is a small study with Wi-Fi broadband access. Fully equipped with all appliances, dishes, utensils, and linen. Reliable cleaning lady will come twice monthly at tenant's expense. I love my home, so am seeking n-s, respectful, and trustworthy renter who would look after it and enjoy it as I do (personal/professional/financial references required). Further information from Diana Fowler: tel. (Canada): 514 935 1555 or email: asws@sympatico.ca.

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, dining room, modern and fully equipped kitchen. First floor has hi-spec bathroom with spacious shower, free-standing bath, double sinks, bidet, WC; second-floor has shower room with WC. South-facing garden. Residents' parking, bicycle(s), Wi-Fi. Available: end June to beginning Sept. Price negotiable. Tel.: +44 (0)1865 725193.

Scott Fraser are offering a stunning detached 4-double-bedroom period family home. Refurbished to a high standard to include wooden floors, granite work tops and under-floor heating. Situated in the quiet no-through road of Minster Rd, east Oxford. Street parking. Part furnished. Council tax band E, £2,000 p.c.m. Please contact Anna Berry on 01865 244666.

Flats to let

University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office

The University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office maintains registers of University housing, and of private rental accommodation, available to full-time students, academic visitors, and some employees of the University. See www.admin.ox.ac.uk/accommodation/.

Visiting Oxford? We have studio, 1, 2 and 3-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 you. Details, photos and prices on our website: www.weeklyhome.com. Email: info@weeklyhome.com 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 www.collegeandcounty.biz.

Short lets available. A selection of studio and 1-bedroom apartments available for short-term let. All furnished and equipped to a very high standard and some with balconies or gardens. Apartments located in Jericho and within walking distance of the city centre and train centre. Rates start at £500 p.w. for studio and £550 p.w. for 1-bedroom apartment. Rate includes all linen and towels, heating, lighting, water, electricity, council taxes, television licence and unlimited Internet access. For more information, please contact Lucy Properties: 01865 559973 or properties@wlucy.co.uk.

To let 2 months only for June and July: elegant, modernised garden flat, in north Summertown. Open-plan living area, single bedroom, study with guest bed, car parking. Would suit academic/researcher/summer visitor. For further details with photos, please contact fkennett@gmail.com.

Quiet, furnished flat-let, fully equipped for 1 in Old Headington, 2 miles from city centre and near bus stop to London and John Radcliffe Hospital. Views of garden and church. Bed-sitting room, kitchen dining room, use of bathroom on same floor; £410 p.m. incl. c.h. No bills. Tel.: 01865 437750 (evenings). Email: stephen.earl@ntlworld.com.

Iffley Fields: flat to rent. One-bedroom. Fully furnished, 20 mins. walk to city centre. Regret not suitable for children or pets but has advantage of character, off-street parking and inclusive almost all utilities. Vacant now. Rent £650 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 723495.

Summer let. Fully furnished pleasant first-floor flat. Situated close to city centre and rail station. Two bedrooms, a double and a single, bathroom. Well-equipped kitchen. Comfortable lounge diner with small balcony overlooking the Oxford Marina. Designated parking space. Available June–Sept.—dates flexible, £1,100 p.m., all utility bills and council tax included. Deposit required. Please contact 02076920439, 079915393 or email maureenoxford@mac-daddy.co.uk.

Furnished ground-floor garden flat in leafy east Oxford. Sunny, quiet, elegant. Lovely kitchen-diner with garden view, connecting sitting room, bedroom, toilet/shower room. Self-contained in owner's house, internet; £675 p.c.m. plus share of bills. Suit n-s professional single or couple; 15 mins. walk Magdalen Bridge and London/airport buses. Car parking. Available 1 May for 6 months renewable, or shorter. Email: clare.oxby@btinternet.com.

Three properties: Bardwell Court close to city centre, £1,250 p.c.m., excl.: unfurnished flat close to University parks, 2 bedrooms, study, sitting room, kitchen, bathroom, communal garden , off street parking; city centre close to shops, £925 p.c.m., excl.: unfurnished large 2-bedroom flat, private garden, sitting room, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, off-street parking; city centre walking distance of Carfax, £795 p.c.m., excl.: unfurnished large 1-bedroom flat, sitting room bedroom, bathroom, kitchen. All newly refurbished. For information: Bridget Ronaldson, Savills (L&P) Ltd, 01865 269082.

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., £450 p.m., council tax, broadband and bills excluded. Tel.: 01865 711577 (6.45–8 p.m.). Mobile: 07810 194454. Email: piero.pinza@gmail.com.

Self-contained detached annexe available to rent in Horspath. Open-plan kitchen/living room. Bathroom with shower. G.c.h. Furnished, £650 p.c.m., excl bills. Ideally suited for single professional person. Alternative arrangements such as 'term-time only' or 'Mon. to Fri.' may also be considered. Please contact 07711 899370 or email lisa.hofen@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Accommodation offered

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: DVL23@talktalk.net.

Do you want to live on Oxford's heavy Jurassic clay, inside Cotswold limestone atop shales and sands, or near Banbury's calcareous Marlstone Bed? Finders Keepers—helping Oxford's geologists reach 0° on the clinometer for 35+ years. Tel.: 01865 200012. Web: www.finders.co.uk.

Scott Fraser—market leaders for quality Oxfordshire property. Selling or letting, buying or renting, we are here to help. Visit www.scottfraser.co.uk for more information or call: Oxford sales: 01865 759500; Witney sales: 01993 705507; Headington lettings: 01865 761111; Summertown lettings: 01865 554577; East Oxford and student lettings: 01865 244666.

Academics, parent or students looking for a nice place to stay: short- or long-term B&B or self-catering rooms/apartments. High-quality accommodation in welcoming private homes in many Oxford locations and surrounding area. B&B from £25/night, £170/week, all inclusive. Long-term discount available. TV, free wireless Internet, tea/coffee facilities, use of microwave. Linen and weekly laundry service. For information, tel.: 01865 481489 (01865 435229 out of hours), email: info@abodesuk.com, or visit: www.abodesofoxford.com.

Single rooms available in sought-after Jericho and within easy walking distance of the University, town centre, London buses and trains. Breakfast provided. Non-smoking. Use of kitchen. Broadband. TV. Suitable for visiting academics and postgraduates. Fair rates. Short or long stays. Tel./fax: 01865 516142. Email: mrselphickoxford@gmail.com.

En suite room to let in modern 2-bed, 2-bathroom apartment walking distance from Summertown. To share with PhD student. Available 1 May. Gated parking, bike locker, WiFi. Quiet location, overlooking parkland. Single student only; £450 plus bills: 07860 821873 or skwjones100@btinternet.com.

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: info@qbman.co.uk. Or visit our website, www.qbman.co.uk, to see how we could be marketing your property.

If we let 3,000 properties a year through 8 offices, and each requires 3 viewings, how many viewings does each office do per work hour? Finders Keepers—solving Oxford's rental equations for 35+ years. Tel.: 01865 200012. Web: www.finders.co.uk.

European academic couple with 2 kids and nanny, coming for a sabbatical to the University of Oxford, is looking to rent a furnished 2/3-bedroom house/flat, ideally close to the John Radcliffe Hospital. Ideally, we want to rent a property from Sept. 2011 to Sept. 2012, but shorter rental arrangements may also be acceptable. We are non-smokers and have no pets. Contact by email: redzic@hsc.edu.kw.

We are a Swedish academic family of 4 (2 children 6 and 7 years old) moving to Oxford for a postdoc at the Museum of the History of Science at Oxford University. We are looking for a house/flat to rent, or a house swap with Stockholm (look at www.smeden.org/inga), ideally from Aug. We are orderly, no pets, n-s. Please contact inga@kva.se.

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: admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk. Web: www.oxfordshortlets.co.uk.

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: www.oxfordcottages.webs.com.

Short-let stay—a range of high-quality, newly renovated 1- and 2-bed serviced apartments available all year round. Includes utilities, TV, broadband, weekly cleaning, linen and towel change, and in some cases free national calls and some international calls. Available from 1 week to 3 months. Parking included. Perfect for tourists, academics or parents. Discount for longer stays. Contact Belvoir Lettings: 01865 595111; oxfordcentral@belvoirlettings.com or visit www.belvoirlettings.com/oxfordcentral.

Short-term lets in top quality 2-bedroom fully furnished apartment at Oxford Castle. Very light and spacious, on 2 floors: open-plan living area, fully equipped kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, 2 separate bathrooms, all linen and towels, wireless broadband, free international calls to many countries, digital TV. Prime location overlooking main castle square. Video entry phone, elevator. N-s only. Available monthly, £1,850 including everything except electricity. Contact: john.hemingway@blakeproject.com, 01865 734321.

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: haroldcarter@mac.com.

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 07917 864113. Email: gabriel.amherst@btconnect.com. See: www.cornwallcornwall.com.

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 www.holidayislands.com or contact us at info@holidayislands.com. Tel.: +30 24240 29036.

Dordogne holiday rental. Stone house with pool, patio, terrace, table tennis in 2 acres of garden, with a fabulous 270-degree panorama. Views to the cliffs of the Dordogne. Sleeps 10 in 6 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, dishwasher, washer, drier. 'We were very happily surprised by the magnificent house and brilliant view. Really, a perfect holiday.' Cost: £350–£1,050 p.w. Private owner. Details via 01223 353603 or jo.whitehead@ashridge.org.uk.

Tuscan flats—3 gorgeous renovated flats adjoining each other within the 12th-century town walls of Anghiari, looking out 300 feet above the Upper Tiber valley. This exquisite little hill town is the perfect base for day trips to Arezzo, Florence, Sienna, Cortona, Assisi and Perugia and walks in the Abruzzi mountains. Details: www.vrbo.com/265013, www.vrbo.com/261392 (both sleeping 2, £500 p.w.) and www.vrbo.com/253555 (sleeps 5, £650 p.w.). Contact louise.upton@dpag.ox.ac.uk.

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. From €50/night. See photos and details at http://lelavandou.webhop.net/. Email: gs1956_2000@yahoo.co.uk.

Andalucía, Spain. Lovely, simple and comfortable old house, sleeps 6, in an ancient Moorish village half-way between Granada and the sea. Large garden, orange and lemon trees, 3 terraces. A spectacular and fertile mountain region, irrigated by Moorish water channels.  Orange, almond and olive groves. Good area for walking and picnicking in the shade as well as for sight-seeing. Special rates for Gazette readers. Email: melji@talk21.com.

Le Petit Chateau, Marciac, Gascony, southwest France. Luxury accommodation in the tranquility of the Gers: 200-year-old chateau in 9 acres of private grounds with swimming pool, renovated by your English hosts. Chambres d'hotes or weekly rental for groups of up to 10 guests, with optional catering packages. Special rates for Oxford Gazette readers. For more details go to www.petitchateaumarciac.com or email contact@petitchateaumarciac.com or call UK mobile 07710 216947.

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Houses for sale

Flat for sale: spacious 1-bedroom apartment for sale in a quiet area of Witney. Single-storey, coach-house-style build with own front door, large loft space, allocated parking bay accommodating 2 cars, and access to communal lawn and patio. Witney High Street shops, supermarkets, cinema and sports centre all within walking distance. Excellent bus links to central Oxford; £159,950. Contact jane.anderson@classics.ox.ac.uk for further details and photographs.

Narrowboat for sale

A rare opportunity to own and live on a beautiful narrowboat moored at sought-after city-centre moorings. Five mins. walk from Cornmarket and the railway station. Just completed full hull survey, exterior painting and recent fit-out with bamboo flooring, Apple-friendly stereo system and good storage areas. Water, mains power and broadband. Perfect for 1 person or couple. Any questions, please ask. No onward chain. Residents' parking. Available now; £117,000. Email: ox1canal@gmail.com.