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Devon

Devon''s status as ''The English Riviera'' is well earned and is testimony to the popularity of this holiday destination, which attracts thousands of visitors every year who come to enjoy its special charms.

The county is blessed with two coastlines which are dotted with picturesque fishing ports and mile after mile of clean sandy beaches. The interior consists of a striking contrast of dramatic moorland that includes the Dartmoor National Park and a patchwork of green leafy lanes that criss-cross the region.

Dartmoor actually has two national parks as well as five areas of outstanding natural beauty, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Geopark and Biosphere Reserve. It’s also famous as the location for Conan Doyle’s ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’. It has 368 square miles of windswept, dramatic and uncrowded moors to enjoy!

The English Riviera; Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, are a magnet for those looking for a seaside holiday with lots of attractions and activities for all ages. It also has a rich maritime history, plenty of sporting events and water sports activities.

South Devon is characterised by gentle rolling hills and a lovely coastline, offering easy walks, country pubs and great restaurants, while the northern coast has superb surfing beaches. Exmoor in north Devon is perfect for moorland walks, mountain biking and has wonderful natural beauty.

The many facets of Devon provide visitors with a wide choice of holiday options and lots of top quality visitor attractions and days out, such as the Dartmouth Steam Railway and The National Marine Aquarium; too many to mention here.

Of note is Woolacombe Beach, one of the jewels in Devon’s crown with three miles of golden sand of Blue Flag status and the Tarka Trail; its 30 miles forms a figure-of-eight and follows the path the brave otter takes in Henry Williamson’s beloved novel.

If you fancy walking on the wild side why not take a trip to one of Devon’s many animal attractions? The zoo at Paignton offers an array of exotic creatures and makes for a wonderful day out, while the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is also very popular with families.

Devon offers a wealth of holiday opportunities so if you’re ready for a break take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Devon.
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  • Lower Collaton Farm - Old Granary

    Blackawton, nr. Totnes

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    Ref: W44281

    Nestling in countryside, just on the outskirts of the vibrant, riverside town of Dartmouth, Lower Collaton is a hidden gem of an old homestead farm, dating back to the Domesday Book. Here there are 3 converted barns which offer super holiday accommodation, lying just across the courtyard from the owners’ ancient farmhouse. The owners keep a handful of pedigree Jacob and Shetland sheep, which graze the surrounding meadows. Chickens roam freely in the pretty courtyard to the front of the barns. The Stables is a detached stone barn, with delightful living accommodation for 4 people, with high vaulted ceilings, exposed trusses and a woodburner in the living room. The Old Granary is tucked away in the corner of the grassy courtyard and is a little cosy nest for 2 people. Compact, detached and cosy, it was imaginatively designed by the owners’ daughter. The Byre is where the milking parlour used to be, and in the living room the names of the cows are displayed on the original manger name plaques. This property, which sleeps 4 people, has a living room with spectacular vaulted ceilings and the original scissor beams. The area is surrounded by rolling hills in the tranquil valley of the River Gara, midway between Totnes, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge making it a perfect location for exploring this beautiful region of South Devon. From the moors of Dartmoor to the shores of the South Devon coast, there is much to do in the region. Spend a day shopping and eating in the historic naval town of Dartmouth, or explore the many beaches and coves along the beautiful coastline. There is plenty to do in the area: Woodlands Country Park is ideal for the children, or you can walk along the South Devon Coastal Path, catch a ferry across the river at Dartmouth to Kingswear, and then take a steam train along the estuary to Greenway and Paignton. There are boat trips along the coast from Dartmouth to the busier resorts of Torquay and Paignton on the English Riviera. Enjoy an afternoon at Greenway sampling high tea at Agatha Christie’s former home. Beach 5 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Narrow, wooden spiral stairs to first floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen area.

    Gas central heating, gas included. Gas hob, Electric oven. Microwave. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Shared 10-acre grounds. No smoking. NB: 2 unfenced ponds in grounds.

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  • The Old Forge

    Horsebridge, nr. Tavistock

    Grade
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    Ref: 30530


    This delightful, cosy holiday cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, has a pretty and well-furnished interior, ideal for couples that are looking for a peaceful and rural location. It is situated in the picturesque, little village of Horsebridge, on the banks of the River Tamar on the Devon/Cornwall border. As the name implies, this cottage was formerly the forge and stable for travellers stopping off at the inn. The long stone bridge at Horsebridge dates back to the 1400s. There is a lovely pub in the village and some nice walks along the river. Horsebridge is in a superb location from which you can explore the wider region, including the historic market towns of Tavistock and Launceston. There are several National Trust properties in the area and lots of interesting places to visit close by. Golf and horse riding available nearby. Beach 22 miles. Shop 4½ miles, pub 20 yards, restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: 4 steps to living room with dining area and slate floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Front terrace and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Orchard Keepers Cottage

    East Chilla, nr. Halwill Junction, Beaworthy

    Grade
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    Ref: W44274


    Orchard Keepers Cottage is the perfect romantic retreat nestled within the heart of the glorious Devon Ruby countryside, yet just 17 miles from the breathtaking North Cornish coast with many dog friendly beaches. This delightful architecturally designed holiday cottage is the ideal choice for a peaceful escape at any time of year. Situated off the beaten track on West Lake Farm which was awarded Devon Wildlife status, an award that reflects the sensitive management of the land. This semi-detached, spacious cottage, adjacent to the owner’s home, enjoys panoramic views over the tranquil Devon countryside, and offers a welcome basket on arrival.
    The cottage has a spacious, open-plan design with fully-fitted kitchen, dining and living room area, a wet room and underfloor heating throughout. An oak staircase leads to the large bedroom with a king size bed and pure cotton linen for ultimate comfort. High roof beams and open rafters give this area the ’wow’ factor, and a large patio window then opens onto a spacious balcony offering 180° views over Devon’s unspoilt land where you can sit, dine or watch the night sky.
    There are 13 acres of farmland to explore with two large ponds with sitting areas, with wild flowers and wildlife in abundance. The cottage lies between the moors and coast, ideally situated for a variety of adventures. For walkers and cyclists there are miles of traffic free lanes, the challenging tors of Dartmoor and wonderful south west coastal path. Nearby Roadford Lake offers sailing and water sports with tuition, and the north coast has good beaches and surfing. There is trout and salmon fly fishing on local River Taw and River Torridge. Opportunities for coarse fishing are abundant in this area, and the RHS Rosemoor is a haven for gardeners and an idyllic lunch spot. Golfers can enjoy three well groomed courses, and birdwatchers have easy access to Lundy Island from the ferry port of Bideford. Beach 17 miles. Shop and restaurant 2 miles.

    7 steps to entrance: Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with oak door, beams and floors. Wet room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom, with beams and exposed eaves.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview smart TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service on request. Freezer (in barn). Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Shared 13-acre farmland and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets welcome to be kept on a lead at all times - sheep country. NB: 20 yards from reed bed. Unfenced lake in grounds.

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  • Longmeadow Farm - Forge Cottage

    Shaldon, nr. Teignmouth

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    Ref: 28221


    With views of the River Teign and a short walk to Shaldon Beach, Forge Cottage (ref 28221) and Meadow View (ref 30227) are both traditional first floor holiday apartments in beautiful South Devon, situated on a family run 80-acre farm. Meadow View is attached to the owner’s home and Forge Cottage is close by. Wildlife on the farm includes sheep, kunekune pigs, miniature Shetland ponies and free range chickens and goats. Wander the narrow streets of Shaldon, Smuggler’s Cove beach, play a round of pitch and putt or have a bite to eat in one of the many pubs. Shaldon is located on the South West Coastal Path, a 630 mile journey with beautiful views, allowing walkers to enjoy any part of the route. Both Dartmoor National Park and Exeter are only 20 minutes’ drive away, whilst the famous South Devon Coast, with wonderful sandy beaches, is barely 3 miles. Exeter and Newton Abbot racecourses, several golf courses, loads of family theme parks, Paignton Zoo, sailing and fishing can all be found within easy reach. Numerous NT properties are close by, including Agatha Christie’s Greenway. Steam trains travel from Kingswear to Paignton and Totnes to Buckfastleigh. Visit historic Dartmouth, with its bustling boat harbour and a castle, or Salcombe with its beaches, sailing and watersports. Kent’s Cavern, Model Village and Shaldon Zoo, and of course visit the many tea shops, all serving Devon cream teas, can be found within easy reach. You can enjoy watersports, horse riding, golf and nature reserves, all close by. Take a trip from Torquay harbour to Brixham by boat, or visit the theatre in Torquay. Beach ¾ mile. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    External steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Underfloor gas central heating and electricity by £2 meter. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture.

    Both properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Muntham Holiday Apartments - Phillpotts

    Torquay

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC586

    Muntham Holiday Apartments are situated in the Wellswood area of Torquay, a leafy residential area just a short distance from the harbour and town centre. The building is a fine example of a magnificent Victorian villa, built for a member of parliament and later a former Lord Chief Justice of Calcutta who named it ’Muntham’ which means ‘gentle breeze’ in Hindi. All the apartments are named after famous people who lived in Wellswood. The interior of the villa boasts an opulent main hall and staircase with high ceilings and beautiful Victorian plaster mouldings. These apartments are perfect for couples who want to explore the English Riviera region of south Devon. You can leave your car and walk 15 minutes into the lively and bustling resort of Torquay, with its abundance of shops, bistros, theatres and tourist attractions. Kents Caverns is just a 10-minute walk, and Meadfoot beach and Babbacombe village are both about 15 minutes’ walk away. The villa is set in gardens of almost 1 acre, which is unusual for Torquay, so there is plenty of space for all to find a relaxing spot to sit and read with a glass of wine or a coffee on a sunny day. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on the first floor.
    Living/dining room: With Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bedroom: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared sitting-out area with garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. No smoking.

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  • Cottage Pie

    Axmouth

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    Ref: HBY


    Only a mile from the sea and set with its own little garden in 15 acres of lovingly tendered grounds, enjoying wonderful glimpses of the estuary, this former coach house contains a wealth of open trusses and has been attractively furnished. A self-contained wing of the owner’s historic Georgian home, dating from 1708, in a peaceful setting, it is within easy walking distance of Axmouth with its thatched colour-washed cottages and a restaurant and is only 4 miles away from Lyme Regis and the Dorest Coast. The Axe estuary is a delight for bird-watchers and windsurfers with public bird hides, paths and cycle ways. Seaton (2 miles) boasts a beach and an electric tramway. An 18-hole golf course, tennis, a nature reserve and the Jurassic Heritage coastal path and sandy beach are within 1 mile. Shops 2 miles.

    Porch with stairs to first floor: Large beamed living room. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower cubicle and toilet. Narrow staircase down to characterful well-equipped kitchen with dining area and French doors to garden with path to village.

    • Electricity and electricity oil-filled rads included (November-March £20 per week, short breaks £5 per day)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Small garden with furniture
    • Shared 15-acre grounds
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • No children or babies

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  • The Shoe Box

    Northam, nr. Bideford

    Grade
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    Ref: W44254


    Tucked away in the pretty coastal village of Northam just ½mile from the glorious wide golden sandy beach of Northam Burrows, The Shoe Box is the perfect romantic retreat to escape and unwind and the ideal holiday base to explore this stunning location. This quaint little cottage is well-furnished and is one of the oldest buildings in Northam, sitting peacefully within a small courtyard but just a short stroll from lovely restaurants, shops, bars and the beach.

    The National Coastal Path passes close by and a short walk takes you to Royal North Devon Golf Club, The Northam Burrows Country Park and the stunning beach at Westward Ho! which is popular all year round with surfers and kiteboarders. The delightful North Devon coastal village of Appledore with its cobbled streets and bustling quayside is 1 mile and Bideford, 1 mile, offers town amenities and boat trips to Lundy Island.

    Clovelly and Hartland Quay are close by and the area is a must for water sports, sailing enthusiasts and fishermen, whilst walkers and cyclists will enjoy the famous Tarka Trail which passes close by. Golf and riding are available locally. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With breakfast bar, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine and slate floor.
    First Floor:

    Bedroom: With kingsize bed, sloping ceiling and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet with Velux.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Small courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Public car park, 100 yards (foc). No smoking. Please note: The neighbour has access through courtyard to their property and there are steps to the courtyard. This property has a security deposit of £100.

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  • West Ashridge Cottages - The Old Granary

    Littleham, nr. Bideford

    Grade
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    Ref: HQL

    A romantic holiday retreat, amidst rolling Devonshire countryside, these attractive barn conversions are well-equipped, warm and cosy, providing a rural retreat for couples at any time of the year. Occupying a remote setting on the edge of the village of Littleham, and less than 5 miles from sandy beaches and the breathtaking coastal path. The Old Granary, ref HQL, provides ‘upside-down’ style of accommodation to take full advantage of the lovely countryside views. Free course fishing is available for guests staying at The Old Granary at the nearby Jennetts Reservoir in Bideford (two rods only). Ash Tree Cottage, ref H37, adjoining The Granary and sharing its views, is single-storey and has French windows leading onto its patio, whilst detached Swallow Cottage, ref HQM, also single-storey, enjoys superb uninterrupted views down the valley. Approached by a private road, the holiday cottages are situated 2 miles from the historic port and market town of Bideford with its variety of shops, pubs and restaurants, and from where regular sailing trips to Lundy Island can be taken. They also lie within easy driving distance of Hartland where the dramatic English Heritage Coastline has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but there are also many other scenic walks both inland and coastal to enjoy. The pretty fishing villages of Instow, Clovelly and Appledore are close by and well worth a visit, as are a host of other quaint little villages, each with its own unique character, charm and welcoming inn. The Tarka Trail passes close by and offers walking and cycling along the estuary, with cycle hire available. The area is a must for surfers and beach lovers, and the sandy beaches are not to be missed. Fishing, sailing, horse riding and golf are available locally, and Exmoor National Park is within easy reach. Other places of interest are Dartington Crystal, Tapely Park and Gardens, and RHS Rosemoor Gardens, all within 8 miles. Shops 2 miles, village pub serving food approximately 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor.

    All properties: Electric woodburner included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed patio area with furniture. Access to 87 acres of pastureland. Ample parking.

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  • Jubilante

    Totnes

    Grade
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    Ref: 28524

    Set on the edge of Totnes within walking distance of the town centre, this spacious holiday bungalow adjoins the owners’ home and has countryside views. The historic market town of Totnes is on the River Dart with cruises down river to Greenway and Dartmouth. It has restaurants, bistros, eateries, independent shops and weekly markets. It is a vibrant and quirky town midway between Dartmoor and the glorious coast. The seaside towns of Paignton and Torquay are 30 minutes’ drive, as is the yachting haven of Dartmouth; the coastline between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge has many beaches, coves and fantastic coastal walks. Shops, pub and restaurants 1/2 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas and electricity included (£20per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Blu-ray. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden areas with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Ornamental fish pond in garden.

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  • Passion Flower Cottage

    Dippertown, nr. Tavistock

    Grade
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    Ref: E1468

    This exceptionally comfortable and spacious 19th-century barn is peacefully situated in rural countryside. Beamed throughout, it enjoys a courtyard setting adjacent to the owners’ home. An ideal hideaway from life’s hustle and bustle, or relax in front of the woodburner after a day of walking and exploring this stunning part of the British Isles. The property enjoys its own enclosed garden and has access to a beautiful woodland walk which is signposted and accessed over a stream and via a wooden bridge. This lovely area has much to offer the visitor – there are amenities in Tavistock, Okehampton and Launceston. Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and the sandy beaches of north Cornwall are all easily accessible. Water sports and fishing at Roadford Lake, 5 miles. There is a village shop, many renowned restaurants within 20 minutes’ drive and two pubs within 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Shared 2-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream in grounds.

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  • Baldash Lodge

    Branscombe

    Grade
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    Ref: HRE

    Nestled in a beautiful wooded valley, this superb holiday property makes a delightful hideaway for couples, offering peace and tranquillity, panoramic countryside views and excellent walking and wildlife. Set near the owners’ home amid acres of natural grounds, it boasts a beamed first floor living room with wood-burning stove and French doors to a balcony, and a splendid four-poster bed. Within 2 miles of the World Heritage Site of Lyme Bay, known as the Jurassic Coast due to its geological location. Nearby are pretty Branscombe (2 miles), coastal resorts of Sidmouth, Exmouth and Seaton, Honiton (with lace and antique shops) and the cathedral city of Exeter. Golf, riding locally. Shop 2 miles.

    Internal stairs to first floor: Living/dining room with oak purlins, wood-burning stove, rugs on wooden floor, French doors to balcony and well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Ground floor: Utility.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • Video
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Balcony with furniture
    • Terrace
    • Shared grounds and woodland of 10 acres
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • No children

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  • Branston’s Barn

    Virginstow, nr. Beaworthy

    Grade
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    Ref: 28952

    Branston’s Barn is the perfect holiday choice for a romantic escape at any time of year. Nestled within the pretty Devon village of Virginstow, adjacent to the owner’s small stables, it is the ideal base from which to explore Devon and Cornwall. In a stunning location there is fishing, golf and riding available locally, and walkers and cyclists will be spoilt for scenic routes. Roadford Lake is just 4 miles and offers water sports, coarse and trout fishing, lovely lakeside walks and picnic areas. North Devon and North Cornwall coastal walking boasts fantastic sandy beaches and hidden coves ideal for surfing or exploring the many rock pools, whilst the wild beauty of Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and the famous Eden Project are all easily accessible. Shop and pub 3 miles, restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room. Kitchen. Most rooms with wooden floor. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with beams and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, toilet and Veluxes.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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