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Home to the most beautiful coast and countryside; Sussex is the perfect holiday escape whether you want a relaxing short break or action-packed adventure.

Walkers and cyclists will enjoy Sussex. This is great walking country or you could grab a bike and take to the network of quiet country roads. A boat trip is another great way to enjoy the scenery from a different aspect, take a leisurely cruise from Eastbourne to the lighthouse and discover a tranquil place to breathe.

You''ll find holiday cottages located within easy reach of all the region''s well known attractions and beauty spots both inland and at the coast and there''s an abundance of Blue Flag awarded beaches scattered along the coast. For a really atmospheric look at the coastline head to Beachy Head with its dramatic chalk cliffs, and make the time to stroll through one of the picturesque fishing harbours dotted around to pick up unique souvenirs and fresh seafood.

Places of interest of course include the vibrant coastal towns of Brighton, with its famous pier, Eastbourne and Bognor Regis as well as the delightful spa town of Tunbridge Wells (actually just over the Kent border) and lovely market towns like Horsham and historic Lewes.

If there''s one thing you can''t escape in Sussex, its history and the famous battle site of 1066 in Hastings holds a wealth of it, and offers a family friendly day out to explore one of history''s most important events. Similarly Arundel Castle could also be on your agenda; it sits majestically above the roof tops of the town below and is bursting at the seams with stories and relics.

For family fun, visit one of the county''s many animal parks; Drusillas Park at Alfriston is a paradise of small exotic animals or there''s the Ashdown Forest Llama Park, home to more than 100 llamas and Fishers Farm Park is great for getting the younger ones moving. The Blue Reef Aquarium at Hastings and Brighton Sealife Centre are the ultimate way to experience underworld treasures without getting your feet wet.

Be inspired by the birthplace of modern England, and come and see for yourself why so many people choose to holiday in Sussex. Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Sussex today.

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  • Brailsham Barn Holiday Cottages - Orchard Cottage

    Heathfield, nr. Broad Oak

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    Ref: 28697

    Situated on the owner’s 44-acre smallholding, these two adjoining, converted farm buildings (refs 28697 and 28698) offer a rural holiday base with glorious views and opportunities to see native wildlife. There is direct access to footpaths and bridleways; cycle or walk the Cuckoo Trail, which is 14 miles of surfaced pathway through the Sussex countryside, via Horam, Hailsham and Polegate to Eastbourne Park. The properties are not far from the Wealden market town of Heathfield, where visitors may be able to see or hear the cuckoo at the fair in April, which signifies spring. Visit the Ashdown Forest, one of the largest, free public access spaces in the south east and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, known the world over as the home of Winnie the Pooh! Visit the home of Rudyard Kipling, Batemans at Burwash (National Trust) or climb the towers of one of the most evocative castles in England, the moated Bodiam, with its stunning views across the Rother Valley. Michelham Priory and Gardens, Sheffield Park Gardens and the Bluebell Railway make for good days out. Historic Battle and Abbey is 12½ miles, the fishing town of Hastings is 16 miles and Eastbourne is 18 miles. Guests can enjoy coarse fishing on the farm, which is available by arrangement with the owners. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

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

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared freezer. Courtyard with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 44-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children.

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  • Chalk Cottage

    Westbourne, nr. Chichester

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    Ref: PUUK


    This delightful, character 17th-century cottage is located next to the square in the picturesque village of Westbourne, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and Chalk Cottage is one of 66 cottages mentioned in it. This lovely, quaint village has a shop and post office, a selection of pubs with dining, and a historic church, all a few yards away. Dating back to the Georgian period, this deceptively spacious home would have been the coach house which allowed the carriages to access the former Lamb Hotel. The bedroom and bathroom on the first floor would have formed an arch for the horse and carts to proceed underneath – the ground floor has since been built, in more recent years, to provide the current living/dining room and kitchen. Steeped in history, Chalk Cottage boasts features such as sash windows and exposed wooden beams in the bedroom. The living/dining room has alcoves and there is a fire surround housing an electric woodburner. A door leads from the kitchen to an enclosed, secluded courtyard, ideal for enjoying an aperitif or al fresco dining.

    There is so much to do in the area, with excellent walking, hiking and birdwatching in the South Downs National Park. The market town of Emsworth is only a 10-minute drive, with a train station, a host of cafés, pubs and restaurants, as well as a mill pond and estuary where many birds and other wildlife can be seen, and where scenic waterside walks can be enjoyed. Many attractions and National Trust homes are within easy reach, as well as Chichester with its cathedral, leisure facilities, Goodwood and Fontwell races. Also, historic Portsmouth with designer shopping outlets, historic dockyard, ferries to the Isle of Wight, Spinnaker Tower and more. Beaches including Emsworth and West Wittering are also nearby. Slightly further, visit The New Forest to the west and Arundel Castle to the east. Golf, riding, sailing walking, cycling can all be enjoyed nearby. Hot air balloon flights can be arranged with the owner. Shop, pub and restaurant 220 yards.

    Living/dining room with electric woodburner. Kitchen with door to courtyard garden. Steep stairs to first floor: Beamed double bedroom with sash windows. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Bluetooth radio
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture
    • Roadside parking
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Martins Cottage

    Bury

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    Ref: PNT


    An enchanting little 17th-century, thatched holiday cottage for two, set in the garden of the owner’s country house in the Downland village of Bury, which lies in the middle of the South Downs National Park. The interior is bursting with character with beams, open fire and pretty furnishings. There are lovely views of the shared garden. Bury is the perfect English village with the River Arun passing close by the 13th-century church at the old ferry, and the South Downs Way stretching out on either side. Within easy reach are Amberley Wild Brooks with RSPB nature reserve; Arundel Castle and Wildfowl Trust; the Amberley Museum; the Roman Villa at Bignor; the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton; Chichester with its Festival Theatre; Goodwood motor sport, golf, horseracing, as well as plenty of country houses and gardens to visit nearby. Shops 5 miles (farm shop 1/4 mile) village ‘local’ which serves excellent food 1/3 mile.

    Sitting/dining room with open fire. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Open fire – logs/fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil-fired central heating (runs hot water), bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared garden
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • Unsuitable for children
    • NB: Pond in garden

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  • Snaylham House Cottage

    Icklesham, Winchelsea

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    Ref: PMMF

    Once a stable to the main house, Snaylham House Cottage is now tastefully converted holiday accommodation in the grounds of the owner’s home. It lies on a quiet leafy farm track on the 1066 Country Walk with far reaching views over the Brede Valley. The Cinque Port town of Rye, with its cobbles and fascinating shops, Winchelsea with its medieval gates, Battle and Tenterden are all within easy reach. National Trust properties close by include Smallhythe, Bodiam Castle and Sissinghurst Gardens. Camber provides miles of golden sand dunes. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Open plan living room with French doors/dining room with kitchen area. Double bedroom with
    6ft zip and link bed (can be twin). Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • Video (small library)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden with terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Split level garden

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  • Lower Marley Farm - Apple Cottage

    Sedlescombe, nr. Battle

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    Ref: 27442

    These two pretty, beamed, semi-detached holiday cottages, (refs 27442 and 27443) with mezzanine floor, have been attractively converted from former cow byres and are set in the owners’ 14-acre small holding which is home to farm animals including sheep and pigs. On-site is a small children’s play area. A 10-minute walk across the fields brings you into Sedlescombe with its village green and traditional country pub. In close proximity to Battle, with its famous battlefield and abbey, built to commemorate the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Relive one of the most famous days in history, and join the 1066 walk from the doorstep. Take a trip on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway from Tenterden, (also know as ’The Jewel of the Weald’), through the Rother Levels to Bodiam, one of the most evocative moated castles (NT), built in 1385. Discover the one time coastal smuggling town of Hastings and medieval Cinque Port town of Rye with its cobbled streets. Picturesque sand dunes and interesting wildlife can be explored at Camber. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile. Propeties 27442 and 27443 can be booked to together to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Gallery with double (5ft) bed (zip and link, can be twin) and sloping ceiling with limited headroom. Beams throughout.

    Both properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine in external building. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 14-acre fields and farmland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on lead in farmland. No smoking. NB: Unfenced ornamental pond, 3 yards.

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  • Egmont Farm - The Hayloft

    Northiam, nr. Rye

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    Ref: 27032


    Set in 5 acres of farmland, Egmont Farm is an ideal holiday destination for couples or singles, and comes complete with a livery, chickens and shared use of a hot tub! The Hayloft (ref 27032) is a detached converted farm building, Stag Lodge (ref 30430) is a detached lodge and The Hideaway (ref UKC276) is semi-detached, adjoining the owner’s home. All being on the same site, they can be booked singly or together for a larger group. This is a superb base for exploring the surrounding countryside including the medieval Cinque Port town of Rye with its cobbled streets, restaurants, tea rooms, art galleries, and a well-known hat shop that created the wonderful hats in the film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’! Should the weather become inclement, visit the Kino cinema, the home of digital entertainment, in Lion Street opposite the town hall. The Rother Valley also offers a plethora of walking and cycling opportunities, bring your own bikes and helmets, or hire locally. Within walking distance is the Kent and East Sussex Vintage Steam Railway which chugs its way through 10½ miles of beautiful countryside, enabling you to visit Tenterden, also known as ‘The Jewel of the Weald’, and once another thriving Cinque Port town but now 10 miles from the sea! At the other end of the line is the iconic fairytale, moated Castle Bodiam, which has changed little in 600 years. Enjoy a lazy summer afternoon soaking up the tranquillity of the River Rother and hire a rowing boat, glide effortlessly past the reed beds and spot a kingfisher or heron. The romantic recreation of a medieval manor house at Great Dixter, and its beautiful gardens, are worth a visit. No holiday would be complete without a trip to the vast expanse of golden sand dunes at Camber, glorious in the sunshine, and invigorating when the sea breezes blow. You could even try your hand at kite surfing! The properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 6 people (3 couples). Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Low door to shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with beamed, sloping ceiling.

    Electric heaters. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Fridge. Paved sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Shared lawn area. Shared use of 5-acre farm grounds and paddock. Shared hot tub. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Old Dairy

    Netherfield, nr. Battle

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    Ref: 26238

    This detached, single-storey holiday property is set amongst 32 acres of farmland with corn-fed pigs and sheep. Stroll the plethora of footpaths and don’t miss Battle Abbey - the subject of a famous Turner painting and the battlefield in 1066. Explore cosmopolitan Hastings and see the historic Old Town, with its fishing boats and iconic net huts, visit Underwater World, or the smugglers’ caves. Castles and vineyards are within a short drive and the station provides good access to London for additional sightseeing. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electric underfloor heating (in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with terrace and furniture. 32 acres of shared farmland. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Bookers Rife

    Earnley, near Chichester

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    Ref: UKC327


    Located in a scenic area adjacent to the owner’s home, this delightful property is set along a quiet lane leading to Earnley Church and Medmerry Nature Reserve RSPB, where a host of birds and other wildlife can be seen, as well as unspoilt scenic walks along the coastline. The nearest beach is at Bracklesham, about ½ mile away. There are some lovely country pubs in the area, as well as independent shops.
    Offering a wonderful vista over fields where sheep and lambs graze, this lovely holiday cottage is ideal for couples wishing to explore the area. Bookers Rife has been cleverly converted, with an open plan living/bedroom area on the first floor, which has a sloped ceiling and plenty of natural light from the Velux and picture windows. The kitchen/dining room and bathroom are on the ground floor. There is a pretty country garden area which overlooks the sheep fields, and has a bench and garden furniture. Within the shared grounds, there is also a sun room which guests are welcome to use, and a feature mini garden, which comes alive throughout the year with various plants/shrubs and flowers.
    The area is abundant in wildlife, and Pagham Nature Reserve is also close by, and is a haven for birdwatching, while Chichester Harbour offers boat trips around the coastline and harbour. A short drive away is historic Chichester with its ornate cathedral, festival theatre, pedestrianised cobbled lanes, shopping, leisure complex, tea rooms and many pubs and restaurants. Slightly further afield is Goodwood, famous for motor and horse racing. Fontwell Races, the Weald and Downland Open Museum and Bosham sailing village are also within easy reach. Discover the South Down National Park, or enjoy golf, horse riding, cycling, fishing and sailing. Also with easy driving distance are historic Arundel Castle and naval Portsmouth with the Spinnaker Tower, day trips to the Isle of Wight, shopping outlets and maritime history. Beach ½ mile. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Open plan living space: With sloping ceiling and Velux window.
    Living area: With Freeview TV.
    Bedroom area: With twin beds.

    Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Shared sun room. Garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Shared grounds. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (working farm). Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Rumbolds Farm - Cart House

    Plaistow, nr. Petworth

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    Ref: 30636

    Stable Cottage (ref 31309) is a delightful, detached, character barn conversion. This single-storey bolt-hole offers comfortable and cosy accommodation for couples, located opposite the owners’ home, yet tucked away enough for it to offer a peaceful retreat. Inside there are beams, some low, a traditional woodburner and views over the lake from the living room window. It is adjacent to the stunning manicured grounds with the tranquil lake, pergoda and seating areas.
    Cart House (ref 30636) is a beautifully presented, single-storey barn conversion dating back to the 16th century, has stunning beams throughout, and makes an ideal retreat for couples.
    The cottages are peacefully located within the grounds of the owner’s stud farm where the main barn dates back to 1578, and is one of the oldest barns in Sussex. They are surrounded by 130 acres of pasture and ancient oak forests on the border of Surrey and Sussex with public footpaths from the door. Historic Petworth House and Gardens is about a 10-minute drive, and Midhurst, with Cowdray Polo, is slightly further. Guildford, Horsham, Gatwick, London, Brighton and the south coast are within easy driving distance. There are many more places to visit such as NT homes and gardens, Chichester, Goodwood Races, Fontwell and Arundel Castle. Golf, fishing and riding are all close by. Beach 25 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile. Property refs 30636 and 31309 can be booked together to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 kingsize bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil underfloor central heating included. Freesat TV. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Courtyard and furniture. Barbecue.

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Fenced lake 100 yards.

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  • Little Midge Barn

    Ashburnham, nr. Battle

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    Ref: POOM

    This detached holiday barn is situated in the owner’s grounds, in an AONB, with a terrace to enjoy the rural views and a wood-burning stove to curl up in front of in the winter. Battle is a short drive away; enjoy a cream tea and see the abbey ruins originally built by William the Conqueror. Hastings offers fresh fish for supper, or explore the smugglers’ caves. Eastbourne, 15 miles, for a stroll along the pier or head towards the South Downs and see the cliffs at Beachy Head. NT properties and gardens abound and there are walks from the doorstep. Shop 2½ miles, pub 1½ miles.

    Open-plan, beamed living room/dining room with wood-burning stove, kitchen area. Double bedroom with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Internet connection
    • Garden with terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Pond and covered well in owner’s grounds

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  • Fishers Farm Holiday Cottages - Buttercup

    Wisborough Green, nr. Billingshurst

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    Ref: W43682


    Formerly a milking parlour for the farm, these well-presented barn conversions (refs W43682 and W43683) are located on the owners’ farm, along the lane leading to the popular Fishers Adventure Farm Park. The entrance is just 100 yards away and there is free entry for all guests. Having been tastefully and comfortably furnished, Daisy and Buttercup provide an ideal base for couples or small families from which to explore this popular part of Sussex. This ideal spot is a haven for families, as Fishers Adventure Farm Park has year-round activities for all age groups. Enjoy Animal Encounters with its farming museum, tractor rides, barrel rides, livestock racing, pet shop, animal shows/feeding, pony grooming, miniature train rides, ghost tunnel, indoor soft play area, outdoor play area, bumper boats, enchanted woods, zip wires, climbing wall and adventure golf. There is also a cafe, restaurant and bar, all open till 5pm. For evening drinks and meals, there is a pub/restaurant serving fine fayre about 300 yards from the properties.
    Wisborough Green is just 1 mile away; this charming village has a 12th-century church built on a man-made hill, two traditional village pubs serving food, and a convenience store/post office, as well as many events which run throughout the year. Cricket is also played throughout the summer months on the green. Discover local walks and scenic rambles along the North and South Downs National Parks. Also nearby are historic Petworth House and Gardens, with many festivals and concerts, polo at Cowdray, Midhurst, Guildford, Goodwood Circuit, Chichester with its theatre and beautiful cathedral, and Arundel Castle and Gardens. Worthing or West Wittering beach can be reached in just over 30 minutes. Other places to visit include Lurgashall Winery, Winkworth Arboretum, Uppark House and Gardens, Amberley Museum, Denmans Garden and the cosmopolitan seaside resort of Brighton. Gatwick and Heathrow airports are also within easy driving distance. Golf is available locally and bird watching can be found at RSPB Pulborough or Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Arundel. Should guests need more parking, there is unlimited parking at the farm. Beach 20 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two TVs (one Smart). iPod dock. Electric cooker. External utility with shared washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Wisteria Cottage

    Netherfield, nr. Battle

    Grade
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    Ref: 27609

    Relax and unwind in beautiful East Sussex countryside. Situated in the owners’ grounds, this small but beautifully presented holiday cottage offers single-storey, detached accommodation for year round holidays. Historic Battle is just 2 miles away, with its charming tea rooms and historic abbey. The seaside town of Hastings is approximately 8 miles and Eastbourne about 16 miles. A great base for touring the south coast and ideal for couples seeking a rural retreat. Shops, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating included (October-April £20per week). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Small lawned garden with decked area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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