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Gwynedd

Gwynedd in North West Wales has an untouched mountainous and coastal landscape, which includes the magnificent Snowdonia National Park and a coastline of sandy beaches that face out over the Irish Sea. An area of great natural beauty and the perfect antidote to our busy, hectic lives!

The region is sparsely populated and has a rich and colourful history that dates back to 5th century Britain; a magical kingdom to explore, filled with history, heritage, eye-watering views and fantastic attractions. Here you’ll find towering mountains and fast flowing rivers, ancient forests and tranquil valleys, fascinating castles and quiet beaches.

There’s plenty to see and do; a great way to get a feel for the area is to travel on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways which takes you 13 miles from Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog and a 25 mile journey from Caernarfon through the foothills of Snowdon, respectively.

While you may see many of Gwynedd’s attractions en-route many of them are worth stopping for. The castle at Caernarfon is just one such attraction. Looming magnificently over the town the 700-year-old castle is in fantastic condition and offers a truly atmospheric visitor experience. Make sure you check out the views too! The Welsh Slate Mine paints a fascinating picture of Gwynedd’s industrial history. This may sound a bit dry but it’s actually a fun and interesting way to learn about the beautiful landscape that surrounds you and well worth a few hours of your time.

Garden lovers should head for some high-altitude garden delights at Wales’ highest garden, the Caerau Uchaf open gardens with a pet’s corner and adventure playground for the children. Also of interest is the seaside garden, Sunningdale, at Amlwch; a wild area with beaches, caves, cliffs and wildflowers.

And of course no trip to Gwynedd would be complete without a ramble in the Snowdonia National Park so get on your walking boots and you’ll be rewarded with some of the most stunning scenery in Britain.

If you’re ready to begin your adventure take a look at our our selection of holiday cottages in Gwynedd.
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  • Nant Las

    Ganllwyd, nr. Dolgellau

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: NT008003

    National Trust Holiday Cottage.


    This small, comfortable cottage lies in a secluded woodland setting on the National Trust’s Dolmelynllyn Estate in the Snowdonia National Park. A charming cottage with a quirky layout, ideal for romantic getaways. Predominantly of timber construction, it was built in the 19th-century as an observatory, housing a telescope for nearby Dolmelynllyn Hall, which is now a hotel and restaurant. The scenery is spectacular and varied, and Nant Las enjoys views across the valley to rugged hill country. Nearby, and easily accessible by footpath, is Rhaiadr Ddu, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Wales. Its south Snowdonia location provides an excellent base for exploring the heart of North Wales, from the Dyfi Estuary to the West Wales coastline, and on up through the Snowdonia mountain range. The Coed-y-Brenin Forest, Harlech Castle, Portmeirion, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, Betws Y Coed and the Llyn Peninsula are within easy driving distance. Beach 8 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 220 yards.

    Please note, Ergyn (ref NT008019) is nearby.

    Three steps to living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Compact, galley-style kitchen. Three steps to double bedroom with antique brass/iron bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel is included for the first night, then available at additional cost
    • Electricity, NSH, convector heater, bed linen and towels included
    • TV (for DVD use only)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Decked patio
    • Large natural grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream in grounds, 20 yards

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  • Daisy Cottage

    Plas Gwyn, nr. Pwllheli

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: HW7751

    Peacefully situated amidst the gently rolling landscape of the Llyn Peninsula, this stylish and comfortable detached barn conversion makes a delightful year round retreat for couples. Enjoying its own private decked area, with stunning rural views, it sits within the grounds of the owners’ home. Just 3 miles from Pwllheli, where visitors will find not only an excellent weekly market, shops, inns and restaurants but also a leisure centre, golf courses and impressive marina, as well as a choice of beaches. Opportunities for walking, cycling and a myriad of outdoor pursuits are all easily accessible in the nearby Snowdonia National Park, whilst lively and fashionable Abersoch, with boat trips from the harbour around St Tudwals island to fish or watch seals, and a fine selection of water related leisure activities, is a short drive.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with double bed and wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Ty Bach Ysgo

    Porth Ysgo near Aberdaron

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC611053
    This charming single-storey detached cottage is peacefully situated on a small working farm amidst the stunning landscape of the Llyn Peninsula and close to the pretty fishing village of Aberdaron. It has been converted from what used to be the farm’s pigsties and now offers cosy and charming accommodation for two. It also boasts a blissful hot tub and outside dining space, with spectacular panoramic views over the surrounding countryside.

    Porth Ysgo lies within the ’Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau’ Special Area of Conservation and is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which has a diverse range of wildlife and marine habitats. The Llyn Coastal Path also runs adjacent to the beach and is a haven for walking enthusiasts, offering magnificent coastal and mountain walks. The area is also ideal for biking, bird watching, bouldering, fishing, water sport activities, or simply just relaxing!

    From the cottage, it’s a short walk down to Porth Ysgo beach (via approximately 150 steps), where you can enjoy memorable views of the surrounding landscape and perhaps spot dolphins swimming in the bay.

    Aberdaron offers a small selection of shops, cafes and pubs. Lively and fashionable Abersoch, Pwllheli, with its weekly market, and the Snowdonia National Park are all easily accessible.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder at cost. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.

    Lawned garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Hot tub. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead (working farm). No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond and stream in grounds, 55 yards.

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  • Seion

    Y Felinheli, nr. Bangor

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: HW7575

    Stunning countryside views of Snowdonia and the Isle of Anglesey, delightfully bright, very comfortable, smart and contemporary interiors and a peaceful setting ideally located for exploring this beautiful corner of North Wales make these three converted traditional farm buildings the perfect base for relaxing break. A 4-mile drive leads to Caernarfon, home to a magnificent castle and the Welsh Highland Railway for scenic journeys into the heart of the Snowdonia mountains, whilst from Bangor, 2 miles, bridges cross the Menai Strait to Anglesey, where Beaumaris Castle, the butterfly farm, sea zoo and glorious sandy beaches for water sports are among the island’s many attractions. And at the foot of Snowdon, Llandberis, 8 miles, boasts a lakeside and mountain railway as well as a slate museum and huge range of outdoor activities. Snowdonia’s most exciting activity is within easy reach, Zip World Velocity, is the worlds longest and fastest zip line which sees riders fly solo through the skies at over 100mph. Whilst for a more tranquil past time, beautiful walking and cycling on peaceful country lanes is available straight from the doorstep of the cottages. Shop and pub serving food 1 mile.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included).

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Boat storage by arrangement (at cost). No smoking.

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  • Glaslyn View

    Porthmadog

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 26640

    Cosy and comfortable, this second floor harbourside holiday apartment is set on the edge of Porthmadog. Commanding panoramic views over the bird-inhabited Glaslyn Estuary from the balcony, it is perfectly placed for those who love sea, sand, boats, mountains and steam trains. It is a short walk from the town’s inns, restaurants and craft shops, and the world-famous Ffestiniog Railway is nearby. Portmeirion, the Italianate village and the setting for TV’s The Prisoner, 1 mile. Snowdonia mountain range easily accessible. Magnificent beaches within 3 miles. Criccieth, Harlech and Caernarfon castles within easy driving distance. Most sports available locally. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Shared staircase to entrance. All on second floor: Living room with patio doors/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. CD/iPod dock. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Wi-fi. Balcony. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 10 yards to estuary.

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  • Cwt Ci

    near Pwllheli

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UK6098
    Amidst the stunning scenery of the Llyn Peninsula, this stylish detached granary conversion is in a wonderful location for exploring the spectacular peninsula which, is renowned for its superb unspoilt countryside, excellent beaches, walking, cycling and water sports. The cottage is situated in a quiet courtyard location, on the owner’s 200-acre working beef and sheep farm, enjoying its own enclosed garden with courtyard, a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Younger visitors will love playing in their own special play area, whilst the adults are well catered for with the on-site spa facilities which include shared use of an indoor hot tub and sauna and pre-bookable spa treatments (at an additional cost).
    Less than 5 miles away is lively Pwllheli with its weekly market, shops, inns and restaurants as well as a leisure centre, golf and tennis facilities, a marina and a choice of golden sandy beaches. For those seeking adventure, Glasfryn Parc is only 5 minutes drive away, where you can enjoy a full day of fun activities including archery, fishing and go-karting. Fashionable Abersoch (10 miles) boasts a pretty harbour and excellent water sport opportunities. Caernarfon’s majestic castle, Italianate Portmeirion, steam railways and a huge range of exhilarating outdoor pursuits in the Snowdonia National Park are all easily accessible. Beach 4½ miles. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 4½ miles.
    Cwt Ci can be booked together with Beudy (UK6095), Hafod (UK6096), Twlc (UK6097) and Stabal (UK6094) to accommodate up to 23 guests.

    Ground Floor: Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tiled floor and beams.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    First Floor: Living room: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, wooden floor and beams.

    Oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included Sep-Apr, remainder at cost. Travel cot and highchair.

    Lawned garden with courtyard and garden furniture. Shared children’s play area. Shared hot tub and sauna with shower and changing facilities. Spa treatments available (by arrangement, at cost). Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a bore hole. No children under 16 years, except babes in arms.

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  • Bwthyn Llwynog

    Croesor

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: HW7739

    Stylish, spacious and well equipped, this delightful detached barn conversion affords sweeping views towards Tremadog Bay and a glorious rural tranquil setting, with Cnicht, The Welsh Matterhorn providing a dramatic backdrop, and a challenge for keen ramblers. Situated within the grounds of the owners’ home, it’s a short drive from a fine selection of visitor attractions including historic castles, narrow gauge railways and the Italianate village of Portmeirion. Village shop and pub serving food 2.5 miles.

    Lower ground floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet. Ground floor: Living/dining area with double sofa bed (alternative sleeping, for children under 14 years)/kitchen with wooden floor, patio doors and beams.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • Parciau Farm Cottages - Beudy Bach

    Caernarfon

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 16986

    Something for everyone
    Ideal touring base

    A family run complex set on a working farm less than 2 miles away from the centre of Caernarfon. Parciau Farm Cottages were formerly barns, and now converted to form a row of holiday cottages offering comfortable accommodation with all modern conveniences in an area most beneficial for touring the local attractions.
    Caernarfon is one of Wales’ most popular tourist resorts, famous for its castle whose majestic persona dominates the walled town, and smaller port, Caernarfon simply brings history alive.The areas popularity is helped along by way of its diverse interests, there’s something for everyone from museums to art, flying clubs, shopping, sailing and beaches. Although its biggest attraction has to be its close proximity to Snowdon and Llanberis, home to Electric Mountain, the legendary masterpiece of Victorian engineering - a rack and pinion railway which climbs to the top of majestic Snowdon. Plas Menai outdoor pursuit centre 10 minutes walk. Cycle track 2 minutes. Ideal for golf.
    All other areas of the National Park are within easy reach as is the Isle of Anglesey and sandy beaches of the Llyn Peninsula. Crèche is also available on the farm complex during school holidays on request only. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors and beams/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters and electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair on request. 32’’ Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared enclosed walled garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Plas Meini - The Granary

    Llan Ffestiniog

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: OFG

    "Magical secluded estate with spectacular views. . . the best of Wales – sandy beaches, lofty peaks and ancient castles . . ."

    Just six miles from a sandy beach, these four delightful, comfortable properties peacefully lie in the heart of 108 acres of wild flower-strewn meadows and woodland in a superb valley near the mountains of Snowdonia. There is a wealth of wildlife including red kites, buzzards and owls. The properties have been renovated and tastefully furnished to a very high standard. Two of the properties have their own well-planted secure gardens, whilst the others share a beautiful Mediterranean-style courtyard garden. Visitors can enjoy superb walks through the grounds and surrounding countryside. A river with dramatic waterfalls runs through the estate a quarter of a mile away, offering the chance of a swim in the natural pool below the falls, and a one and a half mile stretch of fly fishing. Visit the owners’ stud of miniature Shetland ponies, including the delightful foals. All properties are cosily heated throughout, making them ideal for holidays at any time of the year.
    There is a superb selection of restaurants and pubs locally, including Castell Deuraeth, which offers outstanding food and service in a superb setting. Village shop and Post Office in Llan Ffestiniog and several supermarkets in Porthmadog. Five miles away lies the fascinating Portmeirion, with its warm-coloured, romantic, Italianate buildings and exotic plants. Porthmadog (8 miles) is the gateway to the Lleyn Peninsula, one of Wales’ five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches and popular resorts. Within a short drive are the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland light railways. Harlech has the acclaimed Royal Saint David’s golf course, one of Britain’s most impressive castles and miles of most wonderful sandy beaches. Wide range of tourist attractions for all ages in easy reach. Sea fishing, quad biking, white-water rafting and horse riding locally. Shop ½ mile.

    With delightful views over the shared courtyard garden with pond and fountain, and beyond to the Moelwyn Mountains, this comfortable property, attached to The Stables, has been converted from a traditional stone barn and has its own private patio. Pretty beamed living room with log-effect electric fire in stone fireplace and dining area. Pine-fitted, farmhouse-style kitchen. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with canopied, old panelled bed, sloping ceiling and views. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electric ‘log-effect’ fire included
    • Electricity and NSH included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Laundry service available
    • Shared garden
    • Patio with furniture
    • NB: Pond in garden

    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • 108-acre pastoral farmland
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Fly fishing on river included
    • Complimentary fruit, wine and Sunday paper

    Note: All four properties JAV, JAW, OFG and OHN can be booked together whilst allowing privacy of their own accommodation, to sleep up to 25 - ideal for a special occasion

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  • Ceilwart - Coastal Retreat

    Llanaber, nr. Barmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 28519

    Commanding spectacular views over Cardigan Bay, these four holiday properties enjoy an elevated position nestled beside a mountain stream, accessed by a steep shared drive. Woodland Roost (ref WN72) is a detached hideaway located within a woodland garden and Cedar Rest (ref WN82) and Coastal Retreat (ref 28519) are delightful wings of the owners’ 16th-century hillside farmhouse. Ceilwart Cottage (ref WN73) is situated in a beautiful, terraced garden with patio, BBQ and patio furniture, and has strong green credentials with its solar panels for hot water, a ground source heat pump for the comfortable central heating and cosy sheep’s’ wool insulation, not forgetting the triple glazed windows and the UV filtered natural spring water. They all overlook the owners’ field, and are only a mile away from the town of Barmouth, with its choice of shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants. A steep walk across the road takes you to the promenade and a beautiful sandy beach. Close by are all the amenities of the Snowdonia National Park, Harlech with its castle and golf course, Portmeirion, and steam trains run from Porthmadog. They are secluded but not isolated, with horse riding, fishing and mountain bike centres within an easy drive. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

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

    Electric coal-effect stove in living room included. Electric heaters included. DVD. Microwave. Use of owners washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. No children under 16, except babes in arms.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. Stereo/CD. Dishwasher. Patio and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Private water supply from mountain stream. No smoking. NB: Access via shared, steep drive. Stream in garden.

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  • Plas Meini - The Stables

    Llan Ffestiniog

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: OHN

    "Magical secluded estate with spectacular views. . . the best of Wales – sandy beaches, lofty peaks and ancient castles . . ."

    Just six miles from a sandy beach, these four delightful, comfortable properties peacefully lie in the heart of 108 acres of wild flower-strewn meadows and woodland in a superb valley near the mountains of Snowdonia. There is a wealth of wildlife including red kites, buzzards and owls. The properties have been renovated and tastefully furnished to a very high standard. Two of the properties have their own well-planted secure gardens, whilst the others share a beautiful Mediterranean-style courtyard garden. Visitors can enjoy superb walks through the grounds and surrounding countryside. A river with dramatic waterfalls runs through the estate a quarter of a mile away, offering the chance of a swim in the natural pool below the falls, and a one and a half mile stretch of fly fishing. Visit the owners’ stud of miniature Shetland ponies, including the delightful foals. All properties are cosily heated throughout, making them ideal for holidays at any time of the year.
    There is a superb selection of restaurants and pubs locally, including Castell Deuraeth, which offers outstanding food and service in a superb setting. Village shop and Post Office in Llan Ffestiniog and several supermarkets in Porthmadog. Five miles away lies the fascinating Portmeirion, with its warm-coloured, romantic, Italianate buildings and exotic plants. Porthmadog (8 miles) is the gateway to the Lleyn Peninsula, one of Wales’ five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches and popular resorts. Within a short drive are the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland light railways. Harlech has the acclaimed Royal Saint David’s golf course, one of Britain’s most impressive castles and miles of most wonderful sandy beaches. Wide range of tourist attractions for all ages in easy reach. Sea fishing, quad biking, white-water rafting and horse riding locally. Shop ½ mile.

    Overlooking the shared courtyard garden and Moelwyn Mountains beyond, this comfortable cottage, attached to The Granary, has been sympathetically converted from a traditional stone barn. Open-plan living room with electric ‘log-effect’ fire, dining area. Farmhouse-style kitchen with antiqued painted units and breakfast area. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with sloping ceilings. Pretty panelled bathroom with toilet.

    • Electric ‘log-effect fire included
    • Electricity and NSH included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Laundry service available
    • Shared garden
    • Patio with furniture
    • NB: Pond in garden

    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • 108-acre pastoral farmland
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Fly fishing on river included
    • Complimentary fruit, wine and Sunday paper

    Note: All four properties JAV, JAW, OFG and OHN can be booked together whilst allowing privacy of their own accommodation, to sleep up to 25 - ideal for a special occasion

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  • Ty Heddlu Sea View First Floor

    Dyffryn Ardudwy, nr. Barmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W42477

    Seaside location/excellent sea views

    This well equipped first floor holiday apartment is conveniently located in the centre of Dyffryn Ardudwy. Situated in an elevated position with magnificent views from the private, decked balcony, which looks out over Cardigan Bay. A number of beaches are close by and the local pub/restaurant, shops and garage are all within a few hundred yards. Visitors to the area can enjoy a selection of attractions that are on offer within the Snowdonia National Park. There is an abundance of walks and cycle paths throughout the area to suit all ages and abilities. Locally there is the Royal St David’s golf course and famous castle at Harlech, slate caverns, Barmouth harbour and estuary and of course Portmeirion Italianate village. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Stone steps and open-tread stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Balcony and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 12 years.

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