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  • Thursday 18 April 2013
  • NO. 5021
  • VOL. 143

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Miscellaneous

Craft Courses

Try something new this spring – Ardington School of Crafts offers short courses with practising craftspeople in beautiful surroundings near Wantage. 150 courses between 1 and 3 days, from stained glass and silver jewellery to textiles and carving, all held in our well-equipped workshops. Unearth your hidden talents and discover why people keep coming back to Ardington School of Crafts. Gift vouchers available. See: www.ardingtonschoolofcrafts.com. Tel: 01235 833433.

Oxford Book Fair

PBFA Oxford Book Fair, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Gypsy Lane. Sat 20 Apr, 12–6 and Sun 21 Apr, 10–4. Admission £2. The Annual Oxford Book Fair. Vast selection of antiquarian and collectable books, prints and ephemera with over 90 exhibiting booksellers from the far north to the deep south. Information: www.oxfordbookfair.org, 07703 652965.

Lunchtime talks

'Franciscan spirituality: embracing creation with love', Thursdays, 12.30pm at St Giles' Church, Oxford: 25 Apr: 'Franciscan origins: Francis and Clare and the world in which they lived', Sr Francisca, Poor Clares, Arkley; 2 May: 'The peace of Franciscan spirituality', The Revd Jonathan Herbert, Hilfield Priory; 9 May: 'The relevance of Franciscan spirituality today', Fr Seamus Mulholland, Franciscan International Study Centre, Canterbury; 16 May: 'Franciscan prayer and contemplation', Nicholas Alan SSF, Glasshampton Monastery; 23 May: 'The origins of Franciscan theology: Bonaventure, Master of Paris, disciple of Assisi', Paul Rout OFM, Heythrop College, University of London; 30 May: 'Ecology and Franciscan spirituality', Samuel SSF, Hilfield Priory; 6 June: 'The life of St Francis in Renaissance Italian art', Nicholas Gendle, Oxford University; 13 Jun: 'Francis and the papacy', Fr Tom Reist, Franciscan International Study Centre, Canterbury. In collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Spiritual Growth: www.ocsg.uk.net; info@ocsg.uk.net.                             

Study days

St Theosevia Centre for Christian Spirituality: Sat 27 Apr, 10.30am–4pm: 'Byzantine and Romanesque monuments of Apulia and Calabria' with Dr Nicholas Gendle. Sat 18 May, 10.30am–4pm: 'Alexander Men and Thomas Merton' with Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, The Revd Dr Ann Shukman and Fiona Gardner. Wed 29 May, 8pm: 'The Transfiguration' with Metropolitan Kallistos Ware and Dr Nicholas Gendle. Students free, non-students £5. Web: www.theosevia.org. Email: steffen.weishaupt@chch.ox.ac.uk.

Conference

The Green Economics Institute is pleased to announce 2 events: 'Ending Inequalities in Today's Europe' to be held 19 Apr, 6–9pm at Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC). This is a panel discussion exploring solutions to today's problems of justice, gender, poverty and the growing gap in wages, with European examples. Speakers are Natalie Bennet, Leader of the Greens; Edgar Szoc, Belgium; Benoit Lechat, Etopia; and Miriam Kennet, Green Economics Institute. With free wine and nibbles. 'The Greening Of Food, Farming and Agriculture' conference to be held 1 May, 11am–6pm by the Green Economics Institute at Trinity College, Oxford, with speakers including: Philip Lymbery, Compassion in World Farming; David Edwards, Princes' Sustainability; Tracey, Marchioness of Worcester; Bianca Madison, Sustainable Planet; Henry Cox; Charles Secrett, former Friends of the Earth. For bookings, registration, more information: greeneconomicsinstitute@yahoo.com; www.greeneconomics.org.uk.

Chorister Auditions

New College Choir: chorister auditions, Mon 29 Apr. A vacancy has arisen for a boy currently in year 2 to start as a probationer in Sept 2013.  Generous bursaries for choristers at New College School. For more information and to apply, please contact edward.higginbottom@new.ox.ac.uk/01865 279519; and see www.newcollegechoir.com.

Research participants sought

The Oxford Pregnancy Study is investigating how anxiety during pregnancy may affect mums and babies. We are currently recruiting women who are pregnant for the first time, are between 18 and 40 years old and speak English fluently. Participation in the study will take approximately 2 hours in total, and all participants will be reimbursed for time and travel expenses. For more information about this study, please email prenatal@psych.ox.ac.uk, or telephone 01865 316109.

We would like to invite teenagers to participate in a study that looks at social skills development during the teenage years. The study, which will be at the Department of Experimental Psychology, will last approximately 1 hour and participants will be given a £5 Amazon gift voucher. Interested? Contact chii.hiu@psy.ox.ac.uk for more information.

Oxford University researchers seek healthy volunteers aged 45–70 for study using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Transcranial Current Stimulation (TCS) to examine the brain mechanisms of motor learning and control of movement to compare with individuals with neurological movement disorders. Held at the John Radcliffe Hospital and lasting approx 2 hours. All participants reimbursed for time and travel expenses. For more information email: muriel.panouilleres@ndcn.ox.ac.uk or tel: 01865 234765.

HSPR Experiences of multiple conditions. As part of a National Institute for Health Research project, we are looking to interview (either in person or by telephone) both patients and GPs across the country about their experiences of managing multiple conditions, and to seek their thoughts on what might help them to manage these conditions better. We are interested in speaking to patients with at least two of the following conditions: asthma, COPD, diabetes, epilepsy, heart failure and stroke. We would also like to speak to GPs about the issues they face with patients with these conditions, and what they feel could be changed to improve clinical management and patient outcomes. For further information please contact Kate Neal, Health Services and Policy Research Group: kate.neal@phc.ox.ac.uk or 07775 003928.

Call for papers

SBS International Social Innovation Research Conference 2013. There are 2 submission options: 1-page abstract; full paper. Selected full papers will be fast-tracked for publication in Journal of Social Entrepreneurship/Social Enterprise Journal. Nesta/SBS prize for best paper. More information: www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/centres/skoll/news/Pages/ISIRC2013.aspx. Conference streams: Social investment & financial innovation; Social impact & performance measurement; Creating shared value & corporate social innovation; Hybridity & organisational innovation; Public sector innovation; Governance & stakeholder relationships; Policy & politics; Critical perspectives on social innovation.

The 6th Annual Conference for the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: 29–30 Aug. Host: Technology & Management for Development Centre, Department for International Development. Theme: 'Innovation and entrepreneurship for inclusive and sustainable development'. Distinguished keynote speakers for the AIE 2013 include: Anne Miroux (UNCTAD), Calestous Juma (Harvard), Luc Soete (Maastricht/United Nations University), Martin Bell (Sussex). Authors can submit full paper or extended paper outline by 30 Apr. Information: www.tmd-oxford.org/content/aie-conference-2013-call-papers.

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 Wednesday 10.30–12 (excluding the Christmas vacation). 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 a book group, informal conversation group, garden group, antiques group, opportunity to explore Oxfordshire and an opportunities in Oxford group. Visit our website: www.newcomers.ox.ac.uk.

Antiques bought and sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold. Fireplace-related items – grates, firetools, firebacks, fenders, nursery guards; 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century furniture; interesting and unusual items including silver, pictures, desks and library furniture, also garden items such as stoneware or seating. Please ring to sell, or to purchase visit us at Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn St, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon–Fri 9.30–5, Sat 10–5. 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 on 07976 261850 or 0845 458 2980.

Car/taxi service. Professional, reliable service for business or pleasure. Superb brand new Seat Alhambra: luxury combined with versatility. Panoramic roof, leather seats, air conditioned, lots of luggage room. Also available: luxury Audi A8 limousine with beige leather seats and air suspension to waft you to your destination in comfort and style. Alhambra prices: Heathrow £75; Eurostar £95; Cambridge £125. For more prices or advice: cliveroberts@talktalk.net. Tel: 01865 778608/07917 566077. Accounts welcome.

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases, wardrobes, etc, made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call Rob Guthrie on 01608 667423 (evening) or 07961 444957 (daytime). Email: rob@robguthrie.com. Web: www.robguthrie.com.

Frances Carroll Nutrition. I am a qualified, regulated and insured nutrition practitioner skilled at identifying nutrient imbalances and correcting them to optimise health. I see people with a wide range of conditions. Most common include mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress and panic attacks, those in pain and those wishing to lose body fat. See: www.francescarroll.co.uk; www.facebook.com/francescarrollnutrition; https://twitter.com/FrancesCarroll_; www.francescarrollnutrition.wordpress.com.

Alexander Technique – research published in the British Medical Journal demonstrates the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique for chronic low-back pain. See www.bmj.com or www.stat.org.uk. Lessons available in central Oxford and Headington, and ongoing evening class on Monday evenings in central Oxford. You can come to just 1 session to see if AT will be of benefit. Student rates. Stephen Cooper 01865 765511, 07981 323654, scooper1@btconnect.com, www.alexandertechniqueoxford.co.uk.

Domestic services

Need a gardener? Free estimates. Grass cutting, pruning, lopping, hedge trimming, weeding, planting, leaf sweeping, clearing, tidying, building maintenance. Martin Smith – garden and building maintenance. Contact me on: 07794 320574/01869 244148. Or email on: m.smith_plastering@hotmail.com.

Situations vacant

Carer required: registered nurse or qualified carer sought for 4 evenings pw in Iffley Village (direct bus access) to look after sociable grandmother with dementia. Responsibilities (2 hours per evening, including at least one at weekend): preparing and clearing supper using supplied ingredients, conversation and reading, general health oversight. Applicants should have demonstrated reliability and engaging personality. Rate £15 per hour, dinner provided. Contact: 07813 158511.

Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Junior Deans July 2013: £4,000 pa (plus accommodation), www.cmrs.org.uk. 10 May: CV and covering letter to Mrs Kilby, CMRS, St Michaels Hall, Shoe Lane, Oxford OX1 2DP. Email: enquiries@cmrs.org.uk.

Houses to let

An Englishman's home is his castle – so the saying goes. We don't have too many castles, but we do have a constant supply of good-quality property to rent in Oxford city. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in letting to academics and other professionals. We aim to provide the friendliest professional service in the city. Visit: www.qbman.co.uk, call: 01865 764533, or email: info@qbman.co.uk.

Beautifully restored house (18th century), centre of pretty village, 6 miles from Oxford. 4 bedrooms, 3 sitting rooms, farmhouse kitchen, dining room, large study, all mod cons, garden, cleaner. Village all services; good range of shops. Excellent 24-hour bus service; 20 mins to Oxford centre from door. Car hire possible. Perfect for visiting academic family. Available 28 Mar–10 Apr and 18 Jul–25 Aug, £450 pw. Contact: jmacclancy@brookes.ac.uk; 01865 483951 (work); 01865 880142 (home).

Lovely cottage in Wolvercote with stunning views over Port Meadow from Apr–Sept; 3 beds, 2 bath, kitchen with open fire, WiFi, bus to centre of Oxford every 15 mins, village pub and shop, peaceful and inspiring location. Perfect for visiting academics; £1,800 pm. Contact: saraalleyn@gmail.com.

Beautiful barn (furnished) to let in Great Milton. One double bedroom, bathroom, large living area and kitchen. Gallery study. C/h. Small garden and garage. Suit quiet tenants, visiting academics. Hourly bus service to Oxford, or car. Regret unsuitable for children or pets; £600 pcm plus bills. References please. Tel: 01844 279202, evenings.

Lovely stylish Edwardian fully furnished 3-bedroom house with separate studio/office in Lower Wolvercote, facing Port Meadow. Fifteen mins bus to central Oxford. Delightful walks along canal path, by river, or across Port Meadow. Full of character, working fireplaces, wooden floors, original features, gch, large eat-in kitchen, spacious living area, gardens. Suit family. Available Jul for long let; £2,000 ono pcm. Contact: 07939 021757, glynnemer@gmail.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 1 Jul–14 Oct (15 wks). Rent £450 pw 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' phoning from abroad).

Old Boars Hill. Charming 17th-century cottage fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, available from Sept for academic year or shorter period. Secluded, quiet, 1 acre of property, end of country lane, amidst farm lands and footpaths, 4 miles from Oxford. Gch with large working fireplace, flat screen TV, wireless internet. Families welcome; £1,300 pcm. Tel: 01865 735606. Email: solomonb@onetel.com.

House and flat swaps/let

Sydney, Australia. Aug 2013–Jul 2014. Offering a stylish, sunny 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home, private garden, opposite parkland, 300m to water's edge, convenient to Sydney CBD. Direct buses to city, Sydney University, UTS. Macquarie University and UNSW also easily reached. Seeking 3-bedroom, 2-WC accommodation in Summertown, near the Cherwell, for swap or for rent. View at www.sabbaticalhomes.com/OfferedDetails.aspx?id=68660. Email for more information: vm@strategicsolutions.net.au.

Parma/Oxford swap: Parma, Italy, family of 3 seeks flat swap/rent in Oxford from Sept for the academic year 2013–14. The flat, situated in a pleasant and quiet area in Parma's historic centre, consists of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, fully equipped kitchen and a study in the ancient 'altana' overlooking the roof. Verdi theatre, Palatina library, museums, university, restaurants – virtually everything is within leisurely walking distance. Email: ciceti@ciceti.it.

Los Angeles: house swap or seeking 3-bedroom house in quiet area to rent. Academic family coming to Oxford on sabbatical seek fully furnished sabbatical rental (approx Jul-Mar) or house swap with our lovely California home: see www.homeexchange.com/show.php?id=407935. Or if you are away on sabbatical elsewhere and want a very responsible family to rent and look after your house, please email ckern@apu.edu for more information.

House swap opportunity. Beautiful, historic period home quietly located in rural West Somerset for exchange with Oxford accommodation Oct 2013 to summer 2014. Would suit writer, researcher etc – friendly community, village pub, church, brilliant walking, half hour to coast, 9 miles west of Taunton. We are a professional couple and need at least 2 bedrooms with parking, preferably centrally located. Please email: dave.mat@hotmail.co.uk.

Flats to let

University Accommodation Office

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

Charming 2-bedroom flat in north central Oxford (Bardwell Rd), fully furnished, quiet, off-street parking and garage. Best suited to professionals and academics, £1,100 pcm excluding utility bills and council tax. Tel: 01235 770904 evenings or email: b.haist@btinternet.com.

North Oxford furnished 2-bedroom apartment (1 double, 1 single-study) available from Jun for short or long let. Convenient for most University departments, hospitals and central Summertown social and sporting amenities. Best suited to professional and/or visiting academics; £875 pcm plus all utilities and council tax. Tel: 01865516144 or email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Summer let. Pleasant first-floor flat, situated close to the city centre and railway station. 2 bedrooms, 1 double, 1 single. One bathroom. Comfortable lounge diner with small balcony overlooking the Oxford Marina and River Thames. Well-equipped kitchen. Parking space. Available Jun–Sept; £1,200 pm including utility bills and council tax. Please tel: 020 7692 0439 or email: maureenoxford@mac-daddy.co.uk.

Available 1 Jul or Sept 2013 to summer 2014: self-contained, first-floor city centre apartment mins from colleges, Ashmolean, Playhouse, Sheldonian, Bodleian, Science Area, coach and railway stations. Fully furnished to high standard: double bedroom, living/dining room, study, bathroom, kitchen, in friendly, quiet block, with some city-centre noise at times. Suit n-s, postdoc couple who enjoy culture nearby. Rent £850 pcm, plus bills. Further details: Thomas 01865 241224 or email: sal.thomas0to8@btinternet.com.

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.

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; Witney lettings 01993 777909.

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 435229, email: info@abodesuk.com, or visit: www.abodesofoxford.com.

Central Summertown: ideal location in quiet road behind shopping centre. Excellent public transport lines to city centre and station, near restaurants, cafes, sports centres. 1. Basement studio apartment, self-contained with independent access. Suit academic or professional. WiFi and all bills included (except council tax where applicable), £670 pcm. 2. Comfortable, quiet room. Separate bathroom. Ideal for short-term visiting academic or researcher, £475 pcm. Contact renee.hirschon@spc.ox.ac.uk or phone 01865 516446.

Accommodation sought

University Accommodation Office

Landlords – do you have a spare room, flat or house to let? Oxford University Accommodation Office seeks all types of short- and long-term accommodation for students, academic visitors, postdocs and members of the University. Our Studentpad software allows landlords to quickly advertise properties online, amend details and upload photos. See: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/accommodation/landlord. For information: 01865 280811.

House wanted to rent for next academic year. Academic/writing couple with 2 daughters (11 and 13) looking for a furnished house in north Oxford, Wolvercote or Marston for 1 year (or 11 months) from Aug/Sept. If you are thinking about leaving Oxford for a sabbatical year, for example, and want very responsible family to rent and look after your house, please get in touch (rowland.stout@balliol.ox.ac.uk).

Wanted: 2–3-bedroom home with garden. Mother, son, cat and dog, all clean and well-behaved, seek accommodation for 4 months from Aug while our new house is being renovated. Exact date subject to the sale of our current house. Within cycling distance of St Catherine's College preferred (I work as an Academic Officer there). Happy to pet-sit/dog-walk. Excellent references. Email: rosemary.cameron@stcatz.ox.ac.uk.

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 Oxford? We have studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments conveniently located for the various colleges and University departments, available from 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.

Folly_Bridge_interior Central Oxford – secluded, comfortable, long- or short-stay, modern, spacious 1-bed apartment with private parking. Close to Christ Church Meadows. Quiet, peaceful nights. Sun terrace. Near the river, Folly Bridge, coaches, buses and trains. Web: http://follybridgeoxford.co.uk. Email: pauline.hodson@btconnect.com. Tel: 01865 764520 or 07713 681216.

Sunny north Oxford garden flat available for short/medium-term lets, ideal for 1 person. Newly built with French doors opening onto south-facing garden area, WiFi and TV provided. Lounge/dining area, fully equipped kitchenette with fridge/freezer and microwave. Separate access with own hallway including storage and washer/drier, beautiful bathroom with shower. Fresh linen regularly; £50 per night, bills included, minimum 3 nights. Email: guestsuitenorthoxford@gmail.com. Tel: 0044 (0)7764 574700.

Holiday lets

Midhurst. Romantic, primitive, 2-bedroom gamekeeper’s cottage up a muddy farm track in national park at the foot of the South Downs. Open fire, polished floor, simple kitchen; dishwasher, washing machine; broadband, no TV, large study. On own 190-acre organic farm – woods, valleys, river, bluebells, deer. Available weekends; discounts for junior academics. Pictures at www.wakehamfarm.com or 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, bathing, bird watching. Beautiful beach perfect for bucket and spade family holidays. Short winter breaks available from £200. Tel: 01865 558503 or 07917 864113. Email: gabriel.amherst@btconnect.com. See: www.cornwallcornwall.com.

North Yorkshire Coast. Comfortable Georgian house available for holiday lets in Robin Hood's Bay. Large garden, sea views, central heating and private parking. Sleeps 9+ but special rates for couples and small parties. Ground floor: fully equipped kitchen, dining room, large, comfortable sitting room. First floor: 3 bedrooms (1 en suite), family bathroom, further sitting room. Second floor: 2 further bedrooms and bathroom. Contact Val Everton: 07592 590727 or email val.everton@yahoo.co.uk.

Crete. Rethymno. Villa built in lovely rural setting, on top of a hill, 12km from the centre of the town. Provides a superb and peaceful holiday. Spectacular sea, country views. Separated storeys, sleeps 6 on the ground and 4 on the first. Car available. Barbeque area and swimming pool. Ideal for writing, painting, trekking. For details please contact: nglynias@yahoo.gr.

Burgundy (Vézelay): old and spacious house available for short lets in heart of medieval town, close to 12th-century basilica. Excellent walking country. Also cycling, riding, kayaking, etc. Within Morvan National Park. Flexible rates. Suitable for a couple, for family holidays and for groups of up to 12. See pictures and more information at www.gitevezelay.co.uk. Contact: jessica0407@talktalk.net or 07980 305775.

Lot, France. Simple cottage in quiet rural village in beautiful valley. Sleeps 4 (2, 1+1) and more rustic independent 4 (2+2 bunk beds). Private garden. Walking, cycling (bikes available including tandem), canoeing. Flowers and butterflies. Varied visits, eg Rocamadour, St Cirq Lapopie. Rent: £400 pw Jul, Aug; £200 pw/£350 per fortnight at other times. For more details, photos, see website: http://sulpicelot.com or email: johnellis46@yahoo.co.uk. Possibility French tuition (CEE, scholarship, GCSE).

Apartments in Tuscany – 4 beautifully renovated flats within the 12th-century town walls of Anghiari, looking out 300ft 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. Many local activities to enjoy, including the Olympic-sized outdoor pool in nearby San Sepulchro. 'Casa Cantabria' sleeps 5 (£750/wk; www.vrbo.com/253555); 2 smaller flats sleep 2 (£550 or £500/wk; www.vrbo.com/261392 and www.vrbo.com/265013). For larger rooms with huge windows and no stairs, try Tiber View which sleeps 4 (£650/week; www.vrbo.com/433673). Alternatively, with a 33% discount over winter, a stay in this friendly, small town would be perfect for a sabbatical month or 2. Website: www.anghiarimagic.com or contact louise.upton@dpag.ox.ac.uk for more details.

Normandy. Restored 300-year-old pressoir on 16 tranquil hilltop acres close to the village of Breuil-en-Auge. Fully equipped kitchen, large fireplace in living room, 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, pool. Less than 2 hrs from Paris, 20 mins to Deauville. Comfortable for 2 families to share. Photos: www.chateautivoli.com. Available most of May–Oct; £1,900 pw or £5,000 pm. Tel: 01865 292910. Email: shohet@hawaii.edu (or geraldinam35@gmail.com).

5-bedroom, 19th-century town house with patio garden and garage in historic centre of Denia, Alicante (Spain). Ten mins' walk to beach but located on a pedestrian street in heart of lively fishing town with many good bars and restaurants. Our family house is well equipped and has separate accommodation for 2 across the garden from house. Partially air-conditioned. Sleeps 10. Prices from £500 pw. Contact: elizabethjaylett@hotmail.com.

Northern Cyprus. Villa with pool. Sleeps 5/6. Close Esentepe village with extensive views over Med; 20 mins' drive from Kyrenia, 7 mins from 18-hole golf course and 10 mins from huge sandy beach. From £475 pw. Email: crholme@btinternet.com. NB: non-Euro zone.

Apulia, Monopoli, southeastern Italy. In quiet old quarter of ancient seaside town with sweeping views of the Adriatic and mountains from rooftop terrace, elegant stone-floored apartment in 18th-cent palazzo 5 mins' walk from sandy beach. Sleeps 5 in 2 bedrooms, new beds, centrally heated, Jacuzzi, dishwasher, washing machine. Airports (Bari [Ryanair], Brindisi) 45 mins by train or car. 10 mins from 18-hole golf. Email: linamonte@aliceposta.it. Tel: 003903928959730.

Italian alpine mountain villa. Beautifully renovated traditional alpine house with stunning mountain views in sunny alpine village. 5 spacious bedrooms (sleeps 9), 2 bathrooms, c/h, washing machine, dishwasher, well-equipped kitchen, living area, garden with terrace. Easy access to Milan airports (cheap flights via Easyjet, Ryanair, etc). Summer: walks/hikes, cycling and swimming in alpine lakes. Winter: close to ski resorts. Cost £600–£900 pw. Email: sandra.fredman@law.ox.ac.uk. Website: www.ownersdirect.co.uk/italy/it3210.htm.

Historic elegant villa in Rome for short or long rental, whole or part of it. Villa il Cardinale is a unique home with beautiful gardens, Roman ruins and mosaics, 7 open fires, impressive rooms. Accommodation from 2 up to 14 people. For prices and photographs see: www.villailcardinale.com. Owner's car available for use. Email: marina@artakt.co.uk.