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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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  • Burlington

    Lynton

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    Ref: 24635

    This holiday apartment has been tastefully converted within one of Lynton’s Victorian buildings, situated in the centre of the town opposite the Town Hall. Set within the Exmoor National Park on North Devon’s spectacular Heritage Coast, this apartment is decorated and furnished with a cottage style of old pine, spacious and well furnished offering an excellent base to enjoy this delightful area. A walker’s haven and artist’s paradise with the famous Valley of the Rocks, open moorland and superb coastal walks to escape from it all. Lynmouth is accessible via the famous cliff railway. Arlington Court and Gardens, beaches and hidden coves are all nearby. Shops, pubs and restaurants all within 100 yards.

    All on first floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity by key meter. Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Shared patio and furniture. Car park 20 yards (permit provided). No smoking.

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  • Granary Cottage

    Cockington, nr. Torquay

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    Ref: 31160


    Located in the village of Cockington, Granary Cottage is a first floor holiday apartment located above one of the prettiest thatched gift shops in the village. Situated close to a pretty tea room, the property has been decorated and furnished to a very good standard. Only 3/4 miles from Torquay’s seafront and 3 miles from the town centre, this is a perfect spot to take a holiday. Whether you like walking, birdwatching or taking a perfect lazy holiday, Cockington has it all. A real picture-postcard village, Cockington has hardly changed over hundreds of years. There is evidence of Iron Age and Saxon settlements near the local pub, and the village is mentioned in the Domesday Book. This thatched village is the perfect setting for a walk, no matter what time of year it is. It has an historic forge, a court and church, tea rooms, thatched pub and, of course, the lakes and woods. The village sits somewhat incongruously, right in the heart of urban Torbay, but stubbornly refuses to be tainted by modern developments. The village is one of the most photographed places in the country, and the surrounding country park and woodland makes it an ideal destination for walking.
    The pride of the village is Cockington Court, originally owned by the Cary family from 1375 to 1654. It is now home to Cockington Chocolate Company with their sweets, truffles and gifts, and a fabulous contemporary arts and crafts hub, showcasing creative arts from, amongst others, glassmakers, a blacksmith and conceptual artists. With beautiful gardens and a fabulous tea room, its a great place to spend the day, with plenty to see and do for the whole family. Cockington Court also has a connection to the English Riviera’s most famous daughter, Agatha Christie. In her youth, she often visited the village, and her novel ’Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?’ is dedicated to her friend Christopher Mallock. The Mallocks regularly staged amateur theatricals at Cockington Court and, despite her terrible shyness, Agatha Christie regularly took part. Think afternoon tea, cricket on the green and the gentle pace of village life you would find in an Agatha Christie Miss Marple novel (without the murders of course!), and you have the rural idyll that is Cockington. If you want to truly experience traditional, English country life, come to Cockington on the English Riviera, South Devon’s beautiful bay.
    Brixham and Paignton are also close by. Take a trip on a steam train from Paignton to Dartmouth, enjoy the theatre at Torquay or take a ferry over to Brixham for the day. There are also many National Trust properties nearby. Beach 3/4 miles. Shop 11/4 miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on first floor: Living room with single pull-out bed (for alternative sleeping only)/dining room. Steps down to kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and bench. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years.

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  • Shambles

    Dartmouth

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    Ref: DHSHAM

    Perfect for a couple, this lovely, ground floor property is well equipped and tastefully furnished and decorated. Situated in an historic part of the town and in a very convenient position close to the centre of Dartmouth and its shops, restaurants and waterfront.

    From street, Front door, up a short flight of steps to Open plan Kitchen/Sitting/Dining Room: kitchen area has electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, washer/dryer, dishwasher. Sitting Area has Smart TV, DVD, wood burning stove. Bedroom: king size bed (5’), en-suite Shower Room: shower cubicle, basin and WC.

    Parking: season ticket in Town car park May-October (unreserved).
    Duvets, pillows, all linen and towels provided.
    Wifi available.
    Electric heating and hot water.
    No pets allowed.

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  • Kingfisher Cottage

    Halberton, nr. Tiverton

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    Ref: 25511

    This 19th century cottage is full of charm, and makes for a cosy retreat in the heart of the Devon countryside. Set at top of a picturesque lane leading to the village pond and church, Kingfisher Cottage is a great base for walking, cycling or bird watching, with good transport links to the city of Exeter. The holiday cottage has been decorated and furnished to a very good standard. There are many NT properties, and Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks are both within a short drive. Close by are the Grand Western Canal and the National Cycle Network. Discover villages, tea rooms and take in dramatic views. Farm shop 300 yards, pub 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with laminate floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with beams. Dressing room leading to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. No smoking. NB: No children except babes in arms.

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  • Stable Cottage

    Meshaw, nr. South Molton

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    Ref: 27975

    Quietly located in North Devon, this semi-detached holiday cottage overlooks the courtyard of a country house. South Molton has shops, pubs and restaurants and a weekly farmers’ market. Barnstaple has a theatre, cinema, leisure activities, Museum of North Devon, Pannier Market, 14th-century St Anne’s Chapel and 18th-century Queen Anne’s Walk. Spectacular beaches at Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough, Woolacombe and Westward Ho! an easy drive. Sailing, windsurfing and fishing at Tamar and Wimbleball Lakes. Shop and pub 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to 1 double (5ft) galleried bedroom.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Book library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Sitting-out area and furniture. 15 acres shared woodland grounds. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children. NB: Stream and pond in grounds.

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  • Downe Holiday Cottages - Japonica

    Hartland, nr. Bideford

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    Ref: KAAA

    "Glorious sea views from this tranquil retreat on the breathtaking North Devon coast. Downe Holiday Cottages are set in a stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the Hartland Peninsula."

    These eight individual holiday cottages (refs HTTW, HTTX, HTTY, HTTZ, KAAA, KAAB, KAAC and KAAD) have been lovingly converted and sit around a pretty courtyard beside the owners’ home, Downe House, a listed farmhouse dating back to the 15th century in the midst of rolling farmland that slopes gently to the coast. All the properties are spacious, have en-suite bathrooms and many have sea views north to Lundy Island and west over the Atlantic. Guests are free to use the 7 acres of land, including a 2-acre meadow and play area which is ideal for children to let off steam. Guests may use the gym facilities and spa facilities free of charge. The gym is equipped with Life Fitness equipment and is accessible all day. The spa consists of a spa bath (with seats for 8 adults), a steam room (with seats for 7 adults), and a sauna, and is available to guests from 6pm-9pm each evening. There is also a reading room on site which is available for guests. A towelling robe is provided free of charge for each adult.
    The perfect setting for walking holidays, cycling holidays, romantic or family breaks, this relaxing holiday retreat is just 1 mile from the South West Coastal Path, as well as many sandy beaches and hidden coves. To the south west lies Hartland Abbey and to the north west lies Blegberry, a fortified farm dating from the 1600s. In the distance, the stone tower of St Nectan’s Church rises above the picturesque village of Stoke.
    The sea, Berry Cove and the South West Coastal Path are a mile’s walk away along a quiet, single-track road and a small footpath. The unspoilt village of Hartland is a mile away, either by road or by footpaths that take you along the side of a small river through the picturesque vale. The historic village of Clovelly is six miles away.
    This is a perfect spot at any time of year, with fishing, golf, horse riding, surfing, sailing and walking all available in this stunning area. RHS Rosemoor Gardens, Docton Mill and Hartland Quay are well worth a visit, along with many pretty fishing villages to explore, including nearby Instow and Appledore. For family fun, the Big Sheep and Milky Way adventure parks are a must. Beach 1½ miles. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    A two-storey, semi-detached barn conversion. Oak beamed, open-plan living/dining room with elec ‘living-flame’ fire, well-equipped kitchen and slate floor. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with 5ft bed, Velux, sloping ceiling and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity living-flame fire included
    • Garage

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Shared
      7-acre grounds with courtyard, 2-acre meadow and furniture
    • Shared spa facilities
    • Shared children’s play area
    • Shared cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond in grounds

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  • Granary Cottage

    Diptford

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    Ref: 15979

    Set in the delightful South Devon countryside, this quaint 300 year old detached cottage for two, close to the owners’ farmhouse, is in an idyllic private, rural haven. Cosily furnished accommodation, with conservatory where you can sit and enjoy the spectacular far reaching views to distant moors. The Granary makes an ideal base for those wishing to explore South Devon and nearby Dartmoor. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: 8 steps up to living/dining room with beams. Conservatory. 5 steps down to 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Kitchen with beams.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Large garden. Parking. No smoking.

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  • The Cartlinhay

    Bideford

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    Ref: W41747

    500 acres of farmlandRural countryside / Working farm

    These three barn conversions are set on a delightful working farm in a wonderful position overlooking the River Torridge, the Iron Bridge, and further down river towards Bideford. The barn conversions offer comfortable accommodation for various size parties and are suitable for a holiday at any time of year. The farm nestles at the end of a long private driveway and offers total peace and seclusion in the Devon countryside; there are 200 acres of farmland with garden furniture and barbecue, as well as some lovely woodland walks around the farm itself, and the nearby Tarka Trail close to the farm. Just 2 miles from the historic market town of Bideford with its wealth of popular pubs, shops and restaurants, and a little further afield is Barnstaple with a wide variety of facilities. Just a short drive takes you to Westward Ho! with its 2 miles of golden sandy beach. Other attractions include Dartington Crystal and RHS Rosemoor Gardens. Horse riding, golf and fishing can all be found within 5 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    CD. Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Portable barbecue. No smoking.

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  • Baldash Lodge

    Branscombe

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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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  • Bedford House Apartments - Torwood View

    Torquay

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    Ref: W44240

    Situated in a fantastic location in Torquay, Bedford House Apartments (refs W44240, W44241, W44242 and W44243) are set back from the road in an elevated position, making them a remarkably peaceful and relaxing place to stay. They are only a 5-minute walk from Torquay harbour where you can find many restaurants, bars and cafes. The attractions of the English Riviera stay open all year round and are all within walking distance; Torquay Museum, 3 minutes, The Princess Theatre, 15 minutes and Kent’s Cavern, 20 minutes. Numerous beaches can also be reached within half a mile.

    The holiday apartments are surrounded by mature gardens with exotic plants that grow well, being in the English Riviera’s mild climate. They have off-road parking and make an ideal base from which to explore Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, as well as areas of Devon and further afield to Dartmoor, The South Hams and the cities of Plymouth and Exeter.
    There are superb bus routes across the Riviera and the nearest bus stop to the apartments is less than 100 yards away. Between April and the end of October, visitors are also able to make use of the extensive boat services which provide links to Paignton, Brixham and Dartmouth. Beach ½ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining area. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    iPod dock. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. No smoking.

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  • Wheel Farm Cottages - Lower Mill

    Berry Down, nr. Combe Martin

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    Ref: 30116

    Located just a few minutes from some of the finest beaches and Exmoor’s spectacular coastline, Wheel Farm is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A collection of cosy and get-away-from-it-all hideaways, the cottages are perfect for a romantic escape; or a family retreat. Facilities onsite include shared indoor swimming pool, games and films. Swooping and chirping birds and abundant wildlife make this magical area come alive. Converted from a 17th-century watermill and farm barns, the cottages retain many original features including beams, exposed stone walls and wood burning stoves. Each are brimming over with comfort whilst retaining rustic charm. Hayloft, Dairy, Linhay and Stable are all accessed via the main courtyard, with Lower Mill, Upper Mill and Byre offering superb views. Hayloft, Shippen, Dairy and Farmhouse are pet friendly. Mill Wheel is part of the original watermill, which offers a unique ‘upside-down’ layout. Granary has been converted from the original barn, and Farmhouse is the largest cottage in the complex. All properties have their own private entrance and come fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy a self-catering cottage holiday.
    Hayloft (ref 30114) was originally converted from part of the large barn, and is perfect for a romantic break.
    Shippen (ref 30115) is a two storey country cottage, originally converted from a large barn.
    Lower Mill (ref 30116) has stunning views across the Exmoor countryside and is situated on the ground floor of the original converted watermill - the grand wheel, which can still be seen attached to the building.
    Mill Wheel (ref 30117) is part of the original watermill and is comfortably furnished.
    Dairy (ref 30118) is originally converted from a single storey barn.
    Upper Mill (ref 30119) is the first floor of the original watermill, boasting fabulous views over the rolling countryside.
    Farmhouse (ref 30120) has its own garden and log burning stove. From this property you can enjoy the glorious surroundings whatever the weather.
    Byre (ref 30121) is a beautiful two storey country cottage, converted from a large barn and filled with character and charm. On the first floor, a double bedroom boasts full length windows, enjoying views over the glorious Devon countryside.
    Granary (ref 30122) is converted from an original barn and offers spacious accommodation over two floors.
    Stable (ref 30123) is a beautifully converted two storey cottage, which was originally a large barn.
    Linhay (ref 30124) is a beautifully and comfortably furnished country cottage.
    Beach 3 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric cooker.Telephone-honesty box. Shared courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 7 acres of landscaped grounds. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.8m to 1.7m), open Thu - Tue, 8am-12pm, 3pm-7pm. Shared sauna. No smoking. NB: Stream and pond in grounds.

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  • Fulford Farm Cottages - Fulford Cottage

    Lurley, near Tiverton

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    Ref: UKC364


    Fulford Farm Cottages is a good base for touring Devon and comprises The Granary (ref W43512) and Fulford Cottage (ref UKC364). The Granary is a detached 200 year old barn conversion, has underfloor heating, beams, spacious bedrooms and a south facing garden with a private hot tub. There is also a table and chairs which is perfect for al fresco dining. Fulford Cottage is a Grade II listed building and is attached to the owners’ home. It is ideal for a couple, offers spacious accommodation, is decorated and furnished to a very good standard and has a private outdoor seating area.

    The cottages are situated on the owners’ 200-acre working dairy and beef farm, and the owners are happy to show children around. The farm is surrounded by numerous public footpaths extending through the farm and beyond, along fields and tracks. The location is perfect for days at the beach, being 40-minutes from the north and south coastline. North Devon has a choice of unspoilt sandy beaches for surfers and water sports, and the south coast offers more varied attractions such as mackerel fishing and cream teas.

    This is a peaceful location but only 2 miles from Tiverton, where you will find many independent shops, cafés and restaurants. There are so many places to visit, including Exmoor, an ½-hour drive, and Dartmoor, a 45 minute drive. For a great family day out visit Diggerland or Crealy. The Blackdown Hills and many National Trust properties are all within a short drive, including Heathcote, Killerton and Coldharbour Steam Mill. Tiverton Canal, home to one of the last horse-drawn barges in the UK and located in mid Devon on the banks of the Grand Western Canal, is a tourist attraction that offers an enjoyable family day out. The Grand Western Canal is a local nature reserve and is teeming with wildlife, and things to do and see. With free access to the canal all year round, walkers, cyclists, anglers and boat enthusiasts can enjoy 11 miles of quiet and unspoilt waterway which will lead you through Devon’s beautiful countryside.

    There is a wealth of other great walks on the Quantock Hills, Exmoor, and the Devon and Somerset legs of the South West Coastal Path. In addition there is the beautiful walk around Wimbleball Lake with its wildlife trail. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile. These properties can be booked together to accommodate upto 8 guests.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With tiled floor.
    Living area: With Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.

    NSH included. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot available. Welcome pack. 200-acre shared natural grounds. No smoking. Please note: There are ponds and a stream in the grounds and a natural water supply from borehole.

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