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Holiday cottages in Ireland are the gateway to a fantastic experience filled with stunning scenery, wonderful heritage and a delightfully relaxing ambience that is unique to the ‘Emerald Isle’. There really is no place like it to enjoy a break. And if you’re contemplating a holiday you may like a few suggestions for some of the best things to see and do. So take a look at our guide below for some holiday inspiration!

Ireland’s landscape is justly celebrated for its wealth of treasures, both natural and man-made. Those seeking Ireland’s rural charms will be well-served with a visit to the Ring of Kerry. This circular 180km trail takes in some of Ireland’s most wondrous locations, including Ross Castle, Ladies View and the Killarney National Park, and is well-suited to those looking for a lovely leisurely drive. If you fancy an active exploration of the beautiful scenery then we’d recommend a hike along the Kerry Way. This walking trail is normally completed in nine days, but there are plenty of scenic stretches to stroll along. If you fancy something a little livelier than few visits to Ireland are complete without a visit to its many great cities, and Dublin is undoubtedly the biggest draw. Ireland’s capital offers wonderful shopping, fantastic heritage (the Guiness Storehouse!), beautiful architecture and an enticing, relaxed atmosphere. Those with Irish holiday cottages near Sligo, Cork, Galway and the other major cities will find an equally varied array of activities to enjoy. Then again, if you’d rather get away from it all and enjoy Ireland’s unspoilt beauty and unrivalled tranquillity then we can’t recommend the Aran Islands highly enough. Located a short distance from the shores of Galway, these three stunning islands offer a beautiful window to the past. Explore medieval ruins and gaze at beautiful rolling vistas while you enjoy the uniquely relaxed rural ambience. There are few better ways to create fantastic holiday memories!

Since the country is so renowned for the wild beauty of its landscape, it should come as no surprise to find that outdoor and active breaks are one of the main reasons people seek Irish cottages. There are few nicer places to enjoy a stroll than the countryside of Ireland, but you’ll also find it’s equally well-suited to those looking for a little rest and relaxation. Thanks to a diverse array of attractions city breaks are also incredibly popular. Visitors to Dublin and the other major cities will find fantastic cultural events, great food and drink, wonderful shopping opportunities and a chance to make some long lasting holiday memories.

If you’re ready to begin an exploration take a look at our holiday cottages in Ireland today.
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  • Dingle Courtyard Cottages - Dingle Courtyard - One

    Dingle, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32188

    In a delightful, quiet courtyard setting with distant views over Dingle Bay, these 5 holiday properties (references W32188, W32189, W32190, W32191 and W32192) lie just a short walk from the heart of the town. Perfect for any visitor, Dingle itself is a vibrant town boasting fine restaurants and traditional pubs, with many offering music. Irish design at its best is featured in the many fine craft shops and galleries. There are a number of sea safaris on offer in the area, taking visitors out to visit Dingle’s most famous inhabitant, Fungie the dolphin, and to the stunning Blasket Islands. The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles in to the Atlantic Ocean and offers some truly breathtaking views of the coastline, which consists of steep cliffs and sandy beaches. Beach 4 miles. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Wooden floors throughout. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Fridge/freezer. Shared courtyard.

    All properties: Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 25" Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • Lake 2

    Blessington Lake, Co. Wicklow

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W31645


    Set in the beautiful grounds of Blessington Lakes, Avon Ri houses are perfect for a family holiday that caters for all tastes. They are very central for beautiful scenery, great shopping and fantastic activities on the lake and at the resort. Very spacious and equipped to a good standard, they have stunning views of the Blessington Lakes or the Wicklow countryside. The Avon Ri clubhouse has its own restaurant Il Lago with decking overlooking Blessington and the countryside, and has a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Upstairs are the Avon Ri café bar and gym room. Whether on a holiday with friends or family, there is plenty to do outdoors as well: sailing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and power boat training. Five-a-side football, tennis, mountain biking, archery, clay pigeon shooting, air rifle shooting, Segway and orienteering are also on offer.
    The pretty town of Blessington is a 10-minute walk and the thriving town of Naas a 15-minute drive. Wicklow has great beaches, and the quaint village of Avoca is worth a visit, as well as the beautiful mountainside village of Glendalough. Dublin is 25 miles, there are racecourses at Punchestown and the Curragh, and excellent golf courses such as Tulfarris and the K Club. Shops 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms with en-suite shower room with toilet and Velux window: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

    Gas central heating, electricity storage heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD on request. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Patio with furniture. Shared lawned grounds with lake. Parking (2 cars). Shared indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 6m, depth 1.2m) with shower and changing facilities, Jacuzzi and sauna. Outdoor activities including sailing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, power boat training, 5-a-side football, tennis, mountain biking, archery, clay pigeon shooting, air rifle shooting, Segway and orienteering. NB: Lake in grounds.

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  • 107 Clifden, Connemara

    Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W32228

    This beautiful, third floor, penthouse apartment is located in Clifden, the capital of Connemara. A lift is available from the underground car park to the third floor. It has a large outdoor terrace which overlooks the town and is equipped with a barbecue and patio furniture. Restaurants, pubs and shops are within walking distance. There are miles of unspoilt beaches as well as various water sports and amenities. Fishermen are spoiled for choice as there is river, sea and lake fishing in the area.
    There are miles of looped walks and cycle routes with stunning surroundings. The Twelve Bens mountain range are magnificent and are very popular for hill walking with miles of routes, both gentle and challenging. Connemara Golf Links is in Ballyconneely and pony trekking and horse riding can be found at various locations in the area. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are a short scenic drive from the house and Galway city is approximately 60 miles. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Lift to entrance. All on third floor: Living/dining room with patio doors and wooden floor/kitchen with slate floor. 3 double bedrooms, one (6ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one 5ft. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three freeview TVs (one 42", two 32") DVD. CD. Wii. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large verandah with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car).

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  • Cois Chnoic

    Dingle, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W32095

    Located on the outskirts of Dingle, this semi-detached holiday property enjoys a tranquil location with hill views, yet is just a 10-minute walk to the pretty fishing town. Dingle boasts a selection of fine restaurants, quirky cafes, craft shops and great traditional pubs. The house is attractively furnished and finished, and makes a wonderful base for discovering the beauties of the surrounding area which abounds with glorious scenery, beautiful beaches and intriguing archaeological sites. Take a trip to the stunning Blasket Islands, visit the aquarium and seal sanctuary, have a go on the climbing wall or take a boat trip to meet Fungi, Dingle’s friendly dolphin. Beach 5 miles. Shop 0.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity €35per week September-May, €25per week June-August. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

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  • Copper Coast Cottages - Seaspray

    Bunmahon, Co. Waterford

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W32091

    These detached, single-storey holiday cottages (refs W32091 and W32092) enjoy stunning sea views, and are set in an elevated position above the seaside village of Bunmahon on the Copper Coast. This area was declared a European Geopark in 2001 and an UNESCO supported Global Geopark in 2004. This geologically diverse area contains records of Palaeozoic volcanism and the last Ice Age. There are many beautiful, secluded coves and beaches to enjoy, some suitable for surfers or divers or for exploring the islands and caves along the coast by kayak. It is approximately 11 miles to Tramore, which has many activities for all the family, an ideal beach for surfing and also has an amusement park. Visit Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford, 15 miles, and the many public gardens including Ballymoat and Littlewood (by appointment) and Bog of Fenor. The Copper Coast has evolved over 460 million years, take your time to visit and explore! Kilmacthomas Village is approximately 5 miles away. Beach 1.1 miles. Shop and restaurant approximately 3 miles, pub 1.1 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor.

    Open fire in dining room (initial fuel included). Freezer. Gravelled garden with furniture.

    Electricity ’wood-effect’ fire in living room by meter reading. Electricity by meter reading. Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Ample parking. Natural water supply from well. No smoking.

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  • An Cnoc Donn

    Ballybunnion Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W32060

    Situated on an elevated site on ten acres of natural hillside, this detached holiday cottage is close to The Wild Atlantic Way and commands panoramic views over the sea and hills. Ballybunnion, with its two excellent golf courses, long sandy beaches and cliff walks is just 4 miles from the property. The town also offers opportunities for surfing, horse riding and pitch-and-putt, along with seasonal festivals. Further afield, you can sample the beauty of Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, the glorious Dingle Peninsula, the heritage town of Listowel or the magnificent Burren region and Cliffs of Moher, reached by ferry from Tarbert. Closer to home, you can wander through the beautiful ten acres of natural landscape behind the house, saying hello to the friendly donkeys, goat and bog pony who live here. Shop and pub 2 miles, restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Solid fuel central heating and electricity included (September-May by meter reading). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. 10-acre natural, unspoilt grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store.

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  • Lakeside 2

    Killaloe, Co. Clare

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W31897

    This cluster of lovely modern holiday homes is located adjacent to Kincora Harbour on the shores of Lough Derg, a 10 minute stroll from the cathedral town of Killaloe. This town is the birthplace of Ireland’s famous 10th century High King, Brian Boru and hosts the Brian Boru Festival every year in mid-July with traditional music, dancing and festivities. Killaloe has many fine craft shops and great pubs with traditional music, restaurants and coffee shops. On Sundays there is an organic farmers market. In addition to having a toddlers’ play area on site, there is a public playground (suitable for older children) in Killaloe itself and also a public, natural outdoor swimming pool for open use during the summer months. The lake is ideal for water sports and UL Activity Centre, located just 10 minutes along the lake shore from the holiday homes, offers a fantastic choice including sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. Take leisurely boat cruises on the ‘Spirit of Killaloe’ and enjoy the tranquillity of Ireland’s largest lake or go further afield to visit many of Co. Clare and Limerick’s famous attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren Region, Limerick city and castle. There are many golf courses in the region. Shop 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Economy 7 electric heaters and electricity €5 per day (May - August), meter reading (September - April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden with patio and childrens’ play area. Shared 4-acre lawned grounds. Parking (1 car). NB: Fenced lake 100 yards from the properties.

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  • Solas

    Bannow, Co.Wexford

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: W32061

    Situated down a quiet lane just 150 yards from the sea, this architecturally designed, detached, eco-friendly house is an imposing building with a curved roof, huge glass panels to the front, sweeping solid oak and glass staircase and a magnificent L-shaped balcony with sea views. Beautifully appointed inside, it enjoys exceptional space and natural light (‘Solas’ – Irish for light). Just over a mile away is mysterious Bannow Island where the ’buried’ city of Bannow is sited and the whole area is of much historical interest including 16th-century Coohull Castle and the Three Stone Crosses monument, dating back to the 8th century. There are numerous local activities such as shore fishing, golf, scenic drives (Bannow Drive) and horse riding. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite wet room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open-tread stairs (or external ramp) to first floor: Living room with beams, patio doors and oak floor/dining room with oak floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Heat exchange central heating and electricity included. Bed linen and towel hire. Stereo/CD. Electric induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large, natural meadow and furniture. Balcony. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Sloping bank at rear.

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  • 112 Roundstone Apartment, Connemara

    Roundstone, nr. Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W32216

    This spacious apartment is ideally located in the pretty village of Roundstone overlooking the harbour with views of the Twelve Bens as a backdrop. The village of Roundstone (Cloch na Rón) on the Wild Atlantic Way, is a charming and picturesque fishing village, nestled at the foot of Errisbeg Hill, with the Atlantic ocean lapping against its harbour and scenic coastline. There are a number of pubs, restaurants and cafe’s catering for all tastes, especially seafood dishes cooked from the fresh fish which is supplied by the fishermen when they return to harbour. There is a well equipped children’s playground in the village and ample outdoor seating for those who like to sit, relax, and watch the day go by. Sea fishing trips and tours are available from the harbour daily. Lake fishing is also available locally on the many inland lakes in the area, and also at nearby Ballynahinch Castle and Cashel village.
    Bike hire is available in the village for those who would like to spend some time exploring the area and all of its hidden gems. The village also hosts traditional Irish music and dance nights throughout the summer, and it boasts many scenic routes such as the Inishnee Loop Walk, Ervallagh, the Bog Road Loop and Errisbeg Hill, which is ideal for cyclists and walkers.
    Gurteen Beach and Dogs Bay are located close to Roundstone village and are renowned for their particularly white sand and pods of dolphins are a regular sight in the bay. The beaches are very popular with windsurfers, dinghy sailors and kite surfers.
    Annual events in the village include a traditional boat regatta, the internationally renowned Roundstone Pony Show takes place in Farrells Field throughout the summer months. The Marconi marathon takes place in September of each year and offers the participants and spectators a unique sporting experience through the scenic Roundstone Bog Road.
    The market town of Clifden is a short drive and is home to the Alcock and Brown Atlantic crossing crash site. It has several restaurants many serving the local fish, and pubs, most with music sessions during the year. There are also art galleries and many lovely craft shops. Connemara Golf Links are in Ballyconneely, and pony/horses can be hired at various locations in the area. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are a scenic short drive from the house and Galway city is approx 60 miles. Beach 2 miles. Shop 250 yards, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    7 steep, open-tread steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Sun room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars). NB: 20 yards to sea.

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  • Course Side

    Fota, Co. Cork

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W31607

    These wonderful holiday homes nestle together in the picturesque grounds of the Fota Island Resort, which is on scenic Fota Island, just 6 miles from Cork city. The island, which is linked by a causeway, is home to Ireland’s only wildlife park as well as the historic Fota House with its famous gardens and is just off the N25 making it conveniently located for exploring southern Ireland.
    The resort is within a 780-acre country estate with tree lined avenues of oak and sycamore, and is a place of natural beauty where life runs at a more leisurely pace. It is ideal for a relaxing break as the spa boasts an indoor heated swimming pool, as well as a fitness suite (both complimentary to all lodge residents) and offers 60 different therapy treatments including hydrotherapy, all at extra charge.
    For golf lovers, the resort has its own golf club which was home to the Irish open in 2001, 2002 and 2014, and offers outstanding facilities including magnificent 27 hole championship golf course and a ’state of the art’ Golf Academy with resident PGA professionals who can be booked for private tuition. (Golf green fees and private tuition at resident rates). The adjacent club house has a shop and bar and also serves food. There are also tennis courts, a children’s playground and a number of mapped walking and jogging trails.
    Cork is Ireland’s second city, and was European Capital of Culture in 2006, and is home to many galleries, museums, theatres, and of course, wonderful shops and restaurants. The area boasts many historic attractions including the Titanic Museum at Cobh, the Jameson Whiskey Heritage Centre and a visit to Blarney Castle with the world famous Blarney Stone is highly recommended.
    East Cork has a wealth of golden beaches and rocky coves with fishing opportunities. The historic and extremely picturesque town of Kinsale, which is 26 miles, has many things to do both on and off the water. Boat trips, horse riding and fishing are all available locally. The hotel has two excellent restaurants and a bar which serves food.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floors/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Patio and furniture.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, lawned garden. Parking (2 cars). Shared, indoor heated swimming pool, available 8am - 9pm, access for children between 9am-11am and 4pm-6pm (July-August 9am-12pm and 4pm-7pm) only. Shared hammam (Turkish baths), Jacuzzi, sauna and salt therapy room. No smoking.

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  • The Hollies

    Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: YYO

    In a peaceful setting overlooking Derrynane Strand, this cosy detached property is only 15 minutes’ walk from the stretches of sandy beaches and rock pools. It is set in a sheltered nook whilst the sun room and patio are perfect for relaxing and enjoying the wonderful views. Derrynane National Park is close by with beautiful gardens, nature trail and Derrynane House. This is a nature lover’s paradise with plenty of scenic walks. Water sports at Derrynane Harbour (5 minutes’ drive), boat trips to Skellig Rocks, and golf on the Ring of Kerry. Waterville, 8 miles, for lake and river fishing. Caherdaniel, on the Wild Atlantic Way, is a great touring base with day trips through scenic landscapes. Closer to home is the Sceilig Ring which takes you through scenic coastal areas, with Valentia Island (landbridge access) where you can visit Glanheam Gardens and the Skellig Experience Centre. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Sun room. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (fuel available locally). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Video. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large patio to front, natural sloping grounds to rear and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Ground floor facilities. NB: Step to entrance.

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  • Dacha

    Ardmore, Co. Waterford

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32069

    Overlooking Ardmore Bay, this light and airy holiday home stands detached in well-kept gardens. There is a choice of 7 beaches in the area (garden has a hot shower useful for washing the sand off!) and picturesque Ardmore is Ireland’s oldest Christian settlement, boasting many interesting historic sites and ruins including a 12th-century Round Tower and cathedral. A short drive away are Youghal, one of the best examples of a Norman walled port in Ireland, the thriving seaside market town of Dungarvan and pretty Lismore with its castle. Within 30 minutes is the Jameson whiskey distillery and Waterford Garden Trail. Within walking distance is a Michelin star restaurant, pubs, children’s playground, surfing, sea angling and spectacular cliff walks. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant 700 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. Second living room. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room and open fire in second living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating €60per week. Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from well. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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