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  • Thursday 24 April 2014
  • NO. 5057
  • VOL. 144

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Miscellaneous

Book Fair

PBFA Oxford Book Fair at Oxford Brookes, Headington Campus, Gypsy Lane, Sat 26 Apr (12–6pm) and Sun 27 Apr (10am–4pm). Admission £2. Vast selection of antiquarian and collectable books, prints and ephemera with more than 100 exhibiting booksellers. See: www.oxfordbookfair.org. Tel: 07703 652965.

Thursday Lunchtime Talks                                    

The series 'Journey to the source: exploring the wisdom of the mystics' will be held at 12.30pm in St Giles' Church. 1 May: June Boyce-Tillman, 'Hildegard of Bingen: singing the mystery'; 8 May: Graeme Watson, 'The dart of longing: the cloud of unknowing'; 15 May: Stefan Reynolds, 'John Main: the joy of being'; 22 May: Emma Pennington, 'Julian of Norwich: visionary revelations of divine love'; 29 May: Angela Tilby, 'Evagrius of Pontus and the transformation of the passions'; 5 Jun: Liz Watson, 'Etty Hillesum: the cost of compassion'; 12 Jun: Robert Wright, 'Thomas Merton and the search for truth'; 19 Jun: Colin Thompson, 'Journey through the dark night of the soul: the wisdom of St John of the Cross'. Information: www.st-giles-church.org.

Health Matters Talks

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust: 29 Apr, 10am, Meeting Room, Wallingford Community Hospital: Gillian Jones and Edward Brown, 'Exercise, health and physiotherapy – what will the next 50 years hold?' To book: enquiries@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk. 30 Apr, 6pm, Jane Ashley Lecture Theatre, Oxford Brookes: Joanna Atkins, Pam Treadwell, Tessa Slater, 'Productive care – delivering sustainable improvement'. To book: www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/events. More information: www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news/events.

Craft Courses

Ardington School of Crafts offers short courses with practising craftspeople in beautiful surroundings near Wantage. 200 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.

Research funding

ResearchProfessional.com is an online research funding opportunities database and alerting service. The University has a sitewide licence, so it is freely accessible to anyone with an ox.ac.uk email address. Find out more about ResearchProfessional.com, including user guides and training sessions, on the Research Services website (www.admin.ox.ac.uk/researchsupport/findfunding/rp).

Research participants sought

Volunteers required for study into effect on aircrew/aeromedical patients of altitude exposure on blood pressure in the lungs. Volunteers will attend single 6-hr session in an Altitude Chamber at the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine, Bedfordshire, and experience altitudes similar to airline passengers/private pilots (6,000–10,000 ft). Approved by MoD Research Ethics Committee. More information: Brandon Turner (01865 282357 or brandon.turner@dpag.ox.ac.uk) or Dr Thomas Smith (07771 961344 or thomas.smith@ndcn.ox.ac.uk).

Clinical vaccine trials. The Jenner Institute are developing vaccines against major global diseases and want healthy volunteers to take part in trials of them. If you are aged 18–55 and in good health, get in touch to receive more information. Participants will be paid compensation for expenses and time put aside to take part. Email vaccinetrials@ndm.ox.ac.uk, visit www.jenner.ac.uk/clinicaltrials or call 01865 857406.

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.

Sell your unwanted books

We buy academic and non-academic used books. If you are moving office or home, leaving the University or just need more space, we can help. We are most interested in arts, history and social sciences. Good prices paid for large or small collections and we collect from anywhere in the Oxford area. Please contact Ross on 07720 288774 or bd@beadledavies.co.uk.

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. Website: www.townandcountrytrees.co.uk. Email: tctrees@btinternet.com.

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.

Oxford's low-cost packing and shipping experts. Lowest price rates guaranteed for University students, staff and departments, plus free boxes and collection for all shipments. Whether clothing, books, computers, fragile laboratory equipment, musical instruments, rowing oars, valuable paintings or other household items, we specialise in custom packing, storage and worldwide delivery by road, sea and air. Pack & Send, 3 Botley Rd, Oxford, OX2 0AA. Tel: 01865 260610. Email: oxford@packsend.co.uk.

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases, wardrobes, etc, made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call Rob Guthrie on 01608 677423 (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.

Domestic services

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. Fully insured, friendly advice, free estimates (within 5-mile radius of OX7). Member of Buy with Confidence scheme. Excellent references. Contact Debbie Payne on 07810 420711 (mobile) or www.dpgardening.co.uk for more information.

Carpet cleans in Oxford from dawn to dusk. We use a very quiet, fast-drying Thermadry system to allow appointments up to 10pm. Other excellent systems available to ensure all our clients' needs are met. Tel: Alan (07878 601150) or Jon (07812 701499). Email: alan@carpetcleanersoxford.co.uk.

Situations vacant

OUP is looking for language editors with research backgrounds. Would you like to do freelance language editing work for Oxford University Press or do you know someone who would? We are looking for highly qualified researchers with some English language editing experience to help us build our new author service: Oxford Language Editing. If you are interested, please contact us at languageservices@oup.com.

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.

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–12 Oct (15 wks). Rent £450 pw plus phone, utilities, car insurance. Free Sky Sports TV. May include use of Toyota estate car. For very careful and caring tenants. Non-smokers please. Deposit and references required. Email: illustrator@korkypaul.com. Tel: + 44 (0)1865 516556.

Penny & Sinclair are an independent residential lettings agency based in Oxford. We pride ourselves in providing a consistent personal and friendly service and have an extensive portfolio of long-term properties to rent in Oxford and the surrounding villages – also available for academic termly lets. Tel: 01865 318018. Email: summertown.lettings@pennyandsinclair.co.uk. Web: www.pennyandsinclair.co.uk.

3-bedroom house in Headington/Marston border. Detached, new and modern, furnished. Kitchen/dining, lounge, cloakroom, en suite, family bathroom, private close, easy access to JR and other hospitals and University departments.  Best suited to professionals or visiting academics. Available from Jun at £1,300 pcm plus utilities and council tax. Tel: 01865 516144. Email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Summer let: live in comfort near the Thames, a short walk to the river, city centre and University. Beautiful, eclectic Victorian house, 4 bedrooms, large split-level living room, dining room, modern and fully equipped kitchen. First floor: hi-spec bathroom with spacious shower, free-standing bath, double sinks, bidet, WC. Second floor: shower room with WC. South-facing garden. Residents' parking, bicycle(s), Wi-Fi. Available: end Jun–beginning Sept. Price/dates negotiable. Mobile: +44 (0)7796 263836. Email: gpsmith@brookes.ac.uk.

Beautiful 4-bedroom house for flexible let from 1 May in Grandpont. 1 mile from town, close to river, park and lake. House has lovely garden and 2 bathrooms (1 en suite) and a downstairs WC. House also has a snug, wood-burning stove in the family room and large kitchen/family room. For details and photos see www.scottfraser.co.uk/inst-2259/lake-street-new-hinksey. Price: £1,600 pcm. Contact: helen.lloyd@dph.ox.ac.uk.

Summer let: detached Victorian house in OX4 1EP, close to the city centre and University. 4 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin and 2 single), bathroom with shower cubicle and bath, Wi-Fi, cable TV and off-street parking. Large south-facing garden with patio, apple trees, swing and trampoline. Ideal for visiting academic family. Available from beginning of Jul to end of Aug, £500 pw inclusive. Mobile: +44 (0)7557 688055. Email: jim.hall@eci.ox.ac.uk.

Unfurnished 2-bedroom Cotswold-stone end-of-terrace house for long-term rent in Chadlington. Inglenook fireplace. Garden. Garage. 3 miles from Charlbury station. £800 pcm plus bills. Email Andrew Parker, Somerville College Treasurer or call 01608 676401 for more details.

Summer let: beautifully restored house (18th century), centre of pretty village, 6 miles 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 Oxford centre from door. Car hire possible. Perfect for visiting academic family. Available 16 Jul–26 Aug, £400 pw. Contact: jmacclancy@brookes.ac.uk; 01865 483951 (work); 01865 880142 (home).

Fantastic location. 2-bed, g/h, semi-furnished house to rent. Leafy, private, quiet, small development off Iffley Rd. Close to all amenities, pubs, shops and Iffley village. Own allocated parking and private parking, private and communal garden. Available 1 May for minimum of 6 months (renewable) to responsible couple. Sorry no children or pets. £980 pm. £980 deposit plus council tax and utilities. Contact: southend104@hotmail.com; 01865 361494.

Summer let situated within very easy walking distance of Oxford rail station and city centre. Modern, pleasant first-floor flat. 2 bedrooms, 1 double, 1 single. Well-equipped kitchen. Comfortable lounge/diner, with small balcony overlooking Oxford marina and river Thames. Designated parking space. Summer availability, dates flexible. £1,250 pm inclusive of utilities and all linen. Please tel: 02076920439 or email: maureenoxford@mac-daddy.co.uk.

North Oxford. Family house in Apsley Rd. Easy access to University, hospitals and city centre. Near excellent local schools. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, separate toilet, downstairs 2 large reception rooms, breakfast room, kitchen, utility room, toilet and shower room. Fully furnished and equipped. Ideal for visiting academic family. Available 1 Aug 2014 for 2014–15 academic year. £1,600 pcm (excl council tax and utilities). Contact Mrs Shepstone at b.shepstone1@gmail.com or 01865 558889.

Summertown, for rent: very large, pleasant north Oxford family home. Semi-detached, furnished, 4 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms (including 1 enormous, open-plan family space), 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), with piano, garden and parking for 2 cars. Easy access to city and colleges. Available 25 May–26 Aug (3 months). Rent £450 all inclusive, except telephone/internet. Without television. Non-smokers please. Deposit and references required. Email abigail.green@bnc.ox.ac.uk.

House swaps

Academic couple visiting Oxford in May seeks house swap with Palermo (Sicily), or flat/room in shared flat to rent, in Oxford or close. Whole month or less. Please contact: mario.lavezzi@unipa.it (Mario and Lidia).

Academic visiting Oxford from early Jul to early Aug with his family is seeking house/flat swap with 3-bedroom flat in Madrid. 4 weeks or less, in Oxford. Email: alvaro.arenas@ie.edu.

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.

North and central north Oxford 2-bedroom furnished apartments. North: 1 double, 1 single bedroom, lounge, kitchen, bathroom; available from Apr at £875 pcm. Central north: 1 double, 1 single bedroom, lounge, shower room, bathroom, kitchen at £995 pcm; from around May. Convenient for Summertown and most University departments and hospitals, suited to professionals and visiting academics. Tel: 01865 516144. Email: a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Cowley Rd/St Clement's. Available Jun. Large, recently modernised flat (unfurnished), within 4 mins' walk of Magdalen Bridge; 3 bedrooms, large sitting room, separate dining room, fully fitted kitchen, bathroom, shower room and separate toilet. Off-peak c/h, double glazed throughout. £1,025 pcm, no deposit. Email: cuckoopens@aol.com. Tel: 07980 796009.

Inner north Oxford (close to St Hugh's/Wolfson). 1-bedroom flat, with off-street parking and balcony. Spacious, light, open-plan living area, in excellent condition with picture windows overlooking pleasant garden. Unfurnished but extensive cupboards and bookcases, fridge, washing machine, cooker. Available now. (No short lets.) £990 pcm. Tel:  01865 513 326.

Sunny north Oxford studio apartment with parking available for short/medium-term lets, ideal for 1 person. Immaculate newly built with French doors opening onto south-facing garden. Wi-Fi/TV provided. Lounge/dining area, fully equipped kitchenette with fridge/freezer/hob/microwave. Separate access with own hallway including washer/drier, beautiful bathroom with shower. Fresh linen regularly, £60 per night, bills included, minimum 3 nights; £25 surcharge for second person. Contact: studioflatnorthoxford@gmail.com, 0044 (0)7764 574700, www.studioflatnorthoxford.com.

Located in very quiet cul-de-sac in Kidlington, furnished double-bedroom apartment, big sitting room with furnished kitchen opening to private garden. Clean, light and elegant. Responsible and friendly academic landlord. Parking space. 1 min walk to bus stop with frequent service to the city centre. No smoking. No pets. £739 plus bills. Tel: 01865 429738.

Accommodation offered

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.

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.

Affordable accommodation available. Academics, parent or students looking for a nice place to stay. Short- or long-term. B&B or self-catering rooms, which are all personally visited to offer quality accommodation in welcoming private homes in many Oxford locations. B&B from £28/night or £190/wk, all-inclusive. Long-term discount available. TV, free wireless internet, tea/coffee facilities, use of microwave. Linen and towels. For information, tel: 01865 435229, email: info@abodesuk.com or visit: www.abodesofoxford.com.

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.

Single professional female working in management in a prestigious local prep school looking for a 1- to 2-bedroom flat in or near north Oxford. New to the area and looking for something affordable in the medium term. Contact Jane Pendry on 07774 516529 or janependry@hotmail.co.uk.

Married Harvard professors with 2 daughters (ages 11 and 8) are seeking to rent a 3+-bedroom furnished house or flat in Jericho or north Oxford from late Aug 2014–31 Jul 2015 for sabbatical stay. Also happy to discuss home exchange for our 5-bedroom, 3.5-bath home with au pair suite in Boston. Please email meira_levinson@harvard.edu to discuss rental or possible exchange.

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.

Penny & Sinclair are an independent residential lettings agency based in Oxford. We have premium short-let accommodation to offer available on weekly/monthly basis inclusive of all utilities and Wi-Fi. Whether it is a week's holiday with your family or a sabbatical, our self-catering Oxford properties are designed and furnished to a high specification and are the perfect alternative to hotel accommodation. Tel: 01865 318018. Email: summertown.lettings@pennyandsinclair.co.uk. Web: www.pennyandsinclair.co.uk.

Shortlet studios. Available from Dec for singles or couples needing clean, quiet, self-catering accommodation for weeks or months. Handy for High St (town, colleges), Cowley Rd (shops, restaurants), University sports ground (gym, pool), Brookes campuses, buses (London, airports, trains, Science Park). Modern, self-contained, fully furnished, including cooking and laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, TV/DVD/CD, central heating, weekly cleaning, fresh linen. Off-road parking. Taxes and outgoings included. Christmas/New Year bookings available. Enquiries: stay@oxfordbythemonth.com.

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.

With over 13,000 holiday lets in Tuscany, HomeAway offers a wide range of accommodation options. From stylish apartments to traditional farmhouses, whether with private pools or expansive gardens, HomeAway has thousands of diverse self-catering rentals to choose from; and with villas situated everywhere from central Florence to Siena you won’t be limited by location. With poolside villas priced from just £250 pw, choose your home today by browsing www.homeaway.co.uk/Italy/Tuscany/r308.htm.

France: Charente/Dordogne border. Fully restored, early-19th-century luxurious house in Villebois-Lavalette. 5 bedrooms (4 with modernised en-suite bathrooms); 2 bedrooms are interconnected and could be family suite. We do limit the number of guests to 8 (including children). Heated swimming pool 5x10m. Available early Jun to mid-Oct, £1,500 pw. Website: www.villeboisien.com (contact: hughdowsett@yahoo.com or through website).

Pentonwarra, Trevone Bay, north Cornwall: beautiful slate-hung house nestled into coastline on private headland overlooking 2 beaches, right on the glorious north Cornish coast path west of Padstow. Sleeps 7 (+1 child's bed), c/h, broadband, 3 bathrooms, 2 sitting rooms, music room, even a balcony overlooking beach. Perfect for family holidays, walking, bathing, rock-hopping, surfing, day trips to north Cornwall attractions. See: www.pentonwarra.com or tel Vicky Gulland: 07850 170952.

France, Lot–Dordogne: family-friendly farmhouse. Large garden, safe private pool, sleeps 14. Carefully restored traditional, unspoiled 17th-century farmhouse in hilltop hamlet, perched above charming working village. Generous accommodation suits 2 families. Extensive grounds, flat grassy paddock, shady raised terrace. 4 bedrooms, dormitory, 3 bathrooms. Lovely rural location, walks, canoeing, markets. £750–£1,700 pw. Information: www.maison-lafeuille.co.uk, http://tinyurl.com/pzwoyrt, 01865 556307, michael.stinton@abingdon.org.uk.

France: Menton, French–Italian Riviera. Spacious and bright flat in historic heart of charming coastal town, 5 mins' walk from beach. Flat has 1 very large bedroom with double bed, desk, and comfortable pull-out couch. Sleeps 4. Modern kitchen/dining room and bathroom. Well connected to entire coast by train (13 mins to Monaco, 30 to Nice). Available throughout the year, from £350 pw. Email sarah.norodom@classics.ox.ac.uk for photos and more details.

Property for sale

Lot et Garonne. Beautiful traditional farmhouse, 30 mins from Bergerac airport. Delightful family holiday home, with many original features and spacious grounds. 5-bedroom house, owned and loved for 25 years, will accommodate large family plus guests. In need of some modernisation. Reluctantly selling due to changed family circumstances. An ideal investment for a family who loves France and wants a holiday home for the long term. €225,000. Email: edsharp@film-tree.com.

For sale

Harpsichord for sale: Sabathil, 2 manual, 4 full sets of strings, walnut case, excellent condition. Purchased 1972, 1 owner, reconditioned 2008. £950; price negotiable. Contact ann.johnson35@btinternet.com.