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Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire has natural scenic beauty, glorious long beaches, a fascinating history and is also home to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, which could state its claim to be the ‘Garden of Wales’. In fact this region has a blend of both great coastal and countryside locations that makes it the ideal place for a self-catering cottage holiday in wales.

The National Botanic Gardens of Wales has the largest single-span glasshouse in the world with an unrivalled collection of plants from across the world. If you’re into gardening a trip to Aberglasney should also be on your agenda, here you can see perfectly restored 15th century gardens.

History plays a large part in the story of the region, so it almost goes without saying that ancient attractions are some of the biggest draws, for instance Carreg Cennen Castle which can be traced back to the 13th century. This romantic ruin offers a lovely walk up to its hillside location and amazing views. For more historical interest you could get along to the National Trust property at Dinefwr Castle and Park with its beautiful 12th century castle situated amongst a tranquil 800-acre park with wild deer and stunning flora and fauna.

For some gentle exercise visit the Millennium Coast Path, its 12 mile cycle way is perfect for family days out on the bike, with Pembrey Country Park at one end and the National Wetlands Centre at the other. Great views of the Burry estuary!

For more strenuous activity try walking Llyn Y Fan Fac, in the Black Mountains on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

A great way to see the region is to hop onto the Heart of Wales Railway, which travels a route between Swansea and Shrewsbury. These steam locomotives travel through some of the most stunning scenery in Britain.

The Dylan Thomas Boathouse in Laugharne; the author’s very own holiday cottage in Carmarthenshire offers incredible views over the Tâf Estuary, so it’s not hard to see how Thomas could find so much inspiration from the area.

If we’ve whetted your appetite take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Carmarthenshire.
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  • Seacrest Cottage

    Pendine

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: HW7746

    Offering spacious accommodation and panoramic sea views, these properties overlook the 7 golden miles of Pendine Sands, and are within 12 miles of delightful Georgian Tenby, Saundersfoot and the lively Pembrokeshire theme parks. Just 5 miles away is Dylan Thomas’ Laugharne boathouse. Why not try land sailing and pedal carting on the beach, riding in the village or the Museum of Speed, famous for Bluebird’s speed trials. Locally there are boat trips to Caldey Island, a chocolate farm and a goldmine! Walk the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path or the Preseli Hills, play golf at Haverfordwest or enjoy a day at the National Botanical Gardens of Wales. Small shops, pubs, restaurants in village 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living with pull down bed and French doors/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    NB: Steep drop behind property.

    All properties: Electricity, electric heaters, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Balcony and furniture. Parking.

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  • Rose Cottage

    Pembrey, nr. Burry Port

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 27854

    This detached period holiday cottage is tastefully decorated with a beautiful lawned garden area. Situated along a main road, handy for exploring attractions including the stunning Millennium Coastal Path with miles of cycling routes to The Gower Peninsula and the harbour town of Burry Port. Visit Pembrey Country Park offering miles of forest tracks, horse riding trails, dry ski slopes and 7 miles of beach. Nearby is the Jack Nicklaus golf course, Llanelli Scarlets’ rugby stadium, Pembrey motor sports centre and race track and the Ffos Las racecourse. Enjoy Tenby with beaches, restaurants and theme parks. Shop and pub 100 yards, restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Utility room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk with additional single.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small lawned garden, patio and furniture. Parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 4 steps to garden.

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  • Otters Holt

    Talley, nr. LLandeilo

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: HW7080

    In the heart of one of the most beautiful valleys in Wales, these stone cottages stand alongside the ruins of 12th century Talley Abbey, and are set in 30 acres of unspoilt pastureland. This is a haven for wildlife – red kites, buzzards and other rare bird species are often seen, and an otters’ hide belonging to the RSPB is tucked away in the grounds. Two lakes, stocked with roach and pike, one of which can be fished by arrangement, add to the beauty of this lovely corner of Wales. Each cottage is beamed throughout and all retain a host of original features. Wood burning stoves, open fireplaces and some antique furnishings are complimented by modern day facilities, all combining perfectly to provide spacious, well equipped and comfortable accommodation. Abbey Cottages are ideally situated for exploring the many delights of the area – the Dolaucothi goldmines, Dan-Yr-Ogof caves, the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, and Gwili Steam Railway Park are all within easy reach. A local experienced cook can prepare meals for guests’ arrival, or cater for that special occasion such as birthdays, anniversaries or family gatherings. Llandeilo offers a choice of shops, restaurants and inns, 7 miles. Pub at Llansawel, 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single, 1 twin, each with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included).

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared garden. Access to farmland. Shared barbecue. Parking. Children’s play area. Fishing by arrangement (mid June - mid March). No smoking. NB: Two lakes in farmland.

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  • Cwmddol Fawr Cottage

    near Brechfa, Carmarthen

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC632062
    Cwmddol Fawr Cottage is nestled on the edge of the Brechfa Forest, an 18,000 acre ancient forest enjoying numerous walking and biking trails. This beautiful cottage is bursting with character and offers a very spacious open plan living space with a wood burner and a large garden with further access to 25-acres of the owner’s farmland. Bring your own horse on holiday, with excellent stabling and turnout available on your doorstep. From the property there is direct access into the Brechfa Forest 18,000 acres to ride.

    From Cwmddol Fawr Cottage a two minute walk along the track gives access to the Brechfa Forest which is part of the Cothi valley. This expands to 18,000 acres of ancient and managed forestry on the Western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park and just south of the Cambrian Mountains providing walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders with beautifully scenic routes to explore. Brechfa Forest is becoming widely respected in mountain biking circles with three trails all designed by Rowan Sorrell. For keen anglers the River Cothi is the largest tributary into the River Tywi in Carmarthenshire. It is noted for its trout and sea trout fishing and for its sublime scenery.

    You may want to explore the longest beach in Wales, the famous seven mile long Cefn Sidan along with the hugely popular Pembrey Country Park to make a great day out for all the family. Locally the National Botanic Garden of Wales and Aberglasney gardens are not to be missed and just a short drive away.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Spacious open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, 32" Sky TV, DVD player, CD player and patio doors.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: Galley-style with electric range oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Beamed with king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: Beamed with three single beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available. Wi-Fi available at £15. Welcome pack.

    Large lawned garden with furniture. BBQ. 25-acres of shared grounds. Stabling and turnout available at extra cost, by arrangement with owner. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Natural water supply. NB: Slopes in garden.

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  • Greymist

    Ferryside, nr. Carmarthen

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W41119

    Outstanding estuary views

    Terraced cottage in the seaside fishing village of Ferryside nestled on the shore of the Three Rivers Estuary overlooking Carmarthen Bay. Ferryside’s history is unique and today it still possesses a charm and character. The property enjoys a pretty courtyard garden and spectacular views over the estuary and castle. Ideal base for exploring South West Wales with sandy beaches and wonderful countryside. 14 miles of foot and cycle paths to the Millennium Coastal Park, and 20 miles to the National Botanical Gardens. 200 yards away is the beach and all facilities including shops, pub, cafe and swimming pool. 3 miles away is the town of Kidwelly. Ffos Las Racecourse only 8 miles. Railway station 200 yards. Shop and pub 200 yards, restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room/dining room. Separate toilet. Tiled floor throughout. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Enclosed courtyard with patio and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Cennen Cottages at Rhandir Farm - Rhandir Barn

    Trapp, nr. Llandeilo

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: OX4


    Rhandir Barn (ref OX4) and Rhandir Long House (ref OXJ) occupy a dramatic position on a working sheep farm overlooking two valleys in one of the most beautiful and secluded areas in the Brecon Beacons National Park. There are outstanding views of the Black Mountain and the beautiful Carreg Cennen Castle from these architect-designed, detached, 19th-century barns. They both feature beams and cosy wood-burning stove, and Rhandir Barn (ref OX4) has feature archways in the living area, a permanent reminder that these were once part of the stables. In the National Park there are masses of paths and trails for walkers (all abilities), runners, cyclists, mountain bikers, golfers, horse riders and wildlife watchers. There is an excellent range of organised activities on offer too, from gentle recreational pursuits like photography, to full-on adrenaline sports such as paragliding, canoeing, rafting and abseiling. There are a good selection of restaurants and pubs in peaceful Trapp, 2 miles, Llandeilo, 6 miles, and quaint Llangadog, 8 miles. Beach 28 miles. Shops and restaurant 6 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Large, beamed, open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and tiled floor. Spacious beamed kitchen with breakfast table and tiled floor. Utility/boot room. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with TV; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with glazed door to small balcony and external staircase to patio. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • 32" Freeview smart TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Bluetooth speaker
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Balcony
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Welcome pack

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter avaiable locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue
    • Shared 200-acre woodland grounds
    • No smoking
    • NB: Slopes, streams, pond and terraces in grounds

    Note: Rhandir Long House (OXJ), Rhandir Barn (OX4), Ysgubor Fawr (OXK), Ty Nant (OXL), Y Bwthyn (OXM) can be booked together to sleep up to 25 people. The magnificent dining-room at Ysgubor Fawr (double height and minstrel gallery) has seating for 20 and more can be added. The adjacent kitchen is well equipped and easily lends itself to use by caterers.

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  • Ty Bach

    Felingwm Uchaf near Carmarthen

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC632025
    Nestled in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside; within easy reach of its stunning coastline and just 7 miles from Carmarthen itself, lies Ty Bach a three bedroomed, detached stone built retreat, brimming with comfort, character and style. This luxurious cottage has recently been extensively and meticulously refurbished by its caring owners to provide high quality holiday accommodation with immaculate interiors, generously proportioned soft furnishings and a captivating countryside view. The melody of birdsong and cascading water from the nearby stream, dance through the French doors into the living room and into the master bedroom, creating a wonderful connedtion between these stylish interiors and the surrounding tranquillity of nature. Whether dining alfresco on Ty Bach’s spacious patio, admiring the landscape garden or enjoying the comfort of the recliner leather sofas, the owner’s attention to detail in creating this countryside gem is apparent to all.Blissful, welcoming comfort awaits those returning from days of coastal adventure, exploring Brechfa Forest or just ambling home from the village pub. Set within the 120 acres of Graigwen farm, its caring owners are happy to explain the workings of this extensive sheep and cattle farm, provide kennelling and exercise ground for dogs and lockable storage for mountain bikes, fishing gear etc. While the masses foolishly by pass Carmarthenshire on route to Pembrokeshire, this area remains the unspoilt secret of the discerning traveller and has only recently gained a fraction of the recognition it deserves. Wide open landscapes remain relatively undiscovered and thankfully, totally undeveloped. The 5800 hectares of Brechfa Forest on the doorstep, offer expeditions a plenty: Way marked routes take walkers from thick conifer plantations, over gushing streams to vast open vistas and the residues of ancient woodland. The mountain bike trails offer adventure for all abilities: The Derwen Trail provides a great introduction to the sport for families and novices, while the black graded, Raven Trail will put even the most experienced to the test. Whether horse riding, fishing, cycling or walking you can’t fail to appreciate the incredible natural beauty of the area and the abundance of outdoor adventure to be had. The family, friendly Plough Inn, is renowned locally for its great food and being just 100 yards from Ty Bach, provides the ideal location to reflect on the joys of the day.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Entrance Hall
    Sitting Room: With electric ’stove effect’ fire, Free view TV, DVD, recliner leather sofas, wooden floors and French doors onto patio, framing the countryside view.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer, slate floor and dining table and chairs for 5
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed, flat screen TV and French doors onto Juliet rail, framing countryside view.
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and flat screen TV and DVD
    Bedroom 3: With single bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Internet access available. Welcome pack.

    Enclosed garden with spacious patio area with garden dining furniture and BBQ. Lockable outdoor store for bicycles etc. Kennelling and exercise area for dogs (no dogs allowed inside the property). Parking for 3 + cars.

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  • Gwynion Llethri Barn

    Talley near Llandeilo

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC632037
    A beautifully converted holiday cottage, Gwynion Llethri Barn nestles in the grounds of a Grade II listed working sheep farm with panoramic views of the Cothi Valley. The property sits just outside the quiet village of Talley and is only 7 miles from the ancient and picture-perfect town of Llandeilo.
    Lovingly converted from an old farm building, its owners have created an idyllic rural retreat – their guests’ comfort has been well thought of. The barn is spacious and nicely decorated, with many charming original features – oak beams, exposed stonework and a wonderful galleried bedroom for the romantics at heart. A host of original features are complimented by modern day facilities, all combining perfectly to provide spacious, well equipped and comfortable accommodation.
    The property is situated in a beautiful rural area, renowned for walking, cycling, riding, fishing and bird watching. Its furnished garden area with magnificent views across the stunning Cothi Valley is a wonderful spot to relax and unwind. Bask in the tremendous views of the surrounding countryside and marvel at the display the Canadian geese give you when coming to land on the Gwynion Llethri’s lake. Fishing is available on the River Cothi (see www.edwinsfordestate.com for more information).
    The property is ideally located for walkers: there are numerous country routes that are accessible directly from the property, whilst the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains can be reached by a short drive. With an impressive list of nearby activities and attractions, Gwynion Llethri Barn is the perfect base for country lovers.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dining table and chairs.
    Lounge: with gas fire place, TV and DVD player.
    Bedroom 1: with double bed.
    Bedroom 2: with single bed.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.
    Narrow and slightly steep staircase leads up to First Floor:

    First Floor: Galleried Bedroom: with a double bed

    All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels are provided. Cot and highchair available upon request. Wifi available.

    Garden furniture and BBQ. There is a large pond/lake in the property’s grounds. The property is supplied with private water. Parking for 3 cars.

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  • Bryngwendraeth

    Carway, nr. Kidwelly

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W42718

    This terraced holiday cottage has been presented to a good standard and provides an ideal touring base for a family to explore the rolling countryside and unblemished beaches of west Wales. Set a few minutes from the Glyn Abbey Golf Club, near to the Jack Nicklaus Golf Course and less than half a mile from the Ffos Las Racecourse. Also nearby is Pembrey Country Park. Situated a short distance from the Millennium Coastal Path, with peaceful walks and cycling (cycle hire available locally). Swansea and Gower 20 miles, within half an hour is the National Botanical Gardens and Cardiff is only an hour away. Takeaway 20 yards. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with gravelled area and furniture. On road parking.

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  • Bwthyn -Y-Stabl

    Penboyr, Drefach Felindre

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC621004
    Nestled in wonderful Welsh countryside, this delightful former stable has been lovingly restored by the current owners to a charming semi-detached cottage on the owner’s smallholding close to the Teifi River Valley. Bwthyn-y-Stabl is one of two cottages at Penlanganol and is full of charm and character with exposed beam and stone walls. The kitchen is fitted with locally made wooden fixtures and fittings.  Guests can relax by the shared non-heated outdoor swimming pool or by indulging in a sauna or enjoying a barbeque in the large lawned garden – a bonus for families.  The property is approached by a farm track and yet is only 20 miles from the scenic Heritage Cardigan Bay Coastline. 
    Bwthyn-y-Stabl can be booked together with Bwthyn-y-Sgubor (621003) to accommodate up to 10 people.Shop,pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor: Living Room:  with  TV and Freeview, DVD, video and radio/CD player
    Kitchen / diner: with electric cooker and hob, microwave and fridge .
    Bathroom: with shower over bath and toilet

    First Floor: Bedroom 1:  with double bed and futon sofa bed (for child under the age of 5)

    Bedroom 2:  with three single beds and cot

    Electric storage heaters,electricity provided.  Bed linen and towels included.  Cot and highchair provided.

    Shared use of large garden with BBQ and garden furniture. Shared use of non-heated outdoor swimming pool during May to September and sauna (no towels for sauna supplied). Parking for 2 cars. 

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  • Parke Cottage

    Henllan-Amgoed

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 24385

    This homely holiday cottage is attached to the owner’s farm house, which dates from 1688, and is surrounded by pastures dotted with grazing cattle of this working farm. Approached by a farm lane, it offers spacious and comfortable holiday accommodation, ideal for those in search of a peaceful and rural holiday. Within easy driving are the excellent beaches of the Cardigan and Pembrokeshire coastlines. Whitland 21/2 miles. Shop 21/2 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio door. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with additional single. Separate toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating £20per week winter. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large shared enclosed garden. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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  • Bryntowy

    Kidwelly

    Grade
    6
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43063

    This detached holiday cottage is located between Kidwelly and Ferryside on the coast with Carmarthen Bay Holiday Park nearby. Close to Kidwelly Castle and Carmarthen with beaches at Ferryside, Pembrey, Cefn Sidan and Llansteffan an easy drive. Take in the walled town at Tenby, or a day trip to Folly Farm and Oakwood Theme Park. Drive to the Gower Coast, Britain’s first designated AONB, with bays and coves, clifftop walks and breathtaking scenery. This property can be booked with W41764, W41830 and W42214.These beautifully renovated detached Welsh barns, Ty Llo (ref W43266) and Coal House (ref W43267), stand a few yards apart, and a small terraced row of three (300 yards from the barns), comprising Wyth-y-Nant (ref W42214) and Hawton (ref W41830), both end terraced properties, and Coeden Afal (ref W41764), the mid terraced property, are all situated on Carmarthen Bay in the coastal setting between Ferryside and Kidwelly. Tastefully decorated throughout, each bursts with character including original stone walls and beams. Close to the historic castle at Kidwelly and just a short drive to Carmarthen. Beaches at Ferryside, Pembrey and Llanstephan are all within easy driving distance. Enjoy a day at Fos Las racecourse, only a 15-minute drive. The holiday cottages provide an ideal location from which to enjoy the sandy beaches of Pembrokeshire and the Gower, the latter renowned for being Britain’s first AONB. Spend your days exploring the historic town of Laugharne, famously known for the iconic boathouse of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, and visit the castle and traditional Welsh pubs where fresh fish is always on the menu. Don’t miss a visit to the National Botanical Garden of Wales and Aberglasney Gardens. Golf, riding, fishing and water sports nearby. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with beams, 1 twin. Gallery with double pull-out day bed. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Two digital TVs. DVD and small library. CD. iPad dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and balcony to rear with sitting-out area and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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