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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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  • Little Barn

    Pentrefelin, nr. Criccieth

    Grade
    2
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: OK8


    These detached, converted barns (refs OK7 and OK8) are located in the hills between Pentrefelin and Criccieth, with spectacular views out to sea. From the garden, guests can enjoy wonderful 360 degree views of Cardigan Bay, together with a picturesque backdrop of the Snowdonia Mountain range. These 500-year-old cottages, once owned by Henry VIII, have been lovingly restored by the owners to provide beautiful holiday accommodation. Little Barn (OK8) offers a hot tub in a summerhouse, for exclusive use, which is ideally positioned to enjoy the stunning views over Cardigan Bay and the mountains. These are idyllic cosy and romantic cottages. This is an ideal location for walkers, bird watchers and golfers, with many activities just on the doorstep, including horse riding, fishing, climbing and sailing, being located just 10 minutes from Pwllheli Marina and having a spectacular golf course and fishing lake within walking distance from the properties. These properties are also popular with artists, due to the spectacular views and abundance of light. With many lovely walks from the doorstep, as well as the beaches at Criccieth and Black Rock Sands at Morfa Bychan all within easy reach. Criccieth has a good selection of restaurants and pubs, and Criccieth Castle, standing proud over the bay, is well worth a visit. In the other direction is Porthmadog, home to the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways. Portmeirion is close by, and the mountain ranges of northern Snowdonia, the village of Llanberis and the Llyn Peninsula are also within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.
    These detached, converted barns (refs OK7 and OK8) are located in the hills between Pentrefelin and Criccieth, with spectacular views out to sea. From the garden, guests can enjoy wonderful 360 degree views of Cardigan Bay, together with a picturesque backdrop of the Snowdonia Mountain range. These 500-year-old cottages, once owned by Henry VIII, have been lovingly restored by the owners to provide beautiful holiday accommodation. Little Barn (OK8) is equipped with a hot tub for exclusive use, which is ideally positioned to enjoy the stunning views over Cardigan Bay and the mountains. These are idyllic cosy and romantic cottages. This is an ideal location for walkers, bird watchers and golfers, with many activities just on the doorstep, including horse riding, fishing, climbing and sailing, being located just 10 minutes from Pwllheli Marina and having a spectacular golf course and fishing lake within walking distance from the properties. These properties are also popular with artists, due to the spectacular views and abundance of light. With many lovely walks from the doorstep, as well as the beaches at Criccieth and Black Rock Sands at Morfa Bychan all within easy reach. Criccieth has a good selection of restaurants and pubs, and Criccieth Castle, standing proud over the bay, is well worth a visit. In the other direction is Porthmadog, home to the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways. Portmeirion is close by, and the mountain ranges of northern Snowdonia, the village of Llanberis and the Llyn Peninsula are also within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Open-plan living room with galley-style kitchen and slate floor. Bunk bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet (alternative sleeping only). First floor: Double bedroom with TV and original, low character beams.

    • Three Freeview TVs
    • DVDs and surround sound
    • Playstation 3
    • Hot tub

    • Electricity, ground source heat pump underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Washer/dryer
    • Gravelled courtyard with patio and furniture
    • 7-acre grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

    Note: Properties OK7 and OK8 can be booked together to sleep up to 6 guests

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  • Manod

    Blaenau Ffestiniog

    Grade
    3
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: HW7457

    Bursting with character, this cosy and beautifully furnished quarryman’s cottage, with tree and decorations for Christmas bookings, sits on the fringes of Blaenau Ffestiniog, home of Welsh slate and the famous railway that winds its way to Porthmadog harbour, 12 miles. Boasting its own summer house incorporating a hot tub and sauna in a garden with views to the Manod mountains, the cottage is centrally located for exploring the Snowdonia National Park. Shops and restaurants 1 mile, pub 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite HD TV (full package). DVDs. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). Summer house with hot tub and sauna. No smoking. Cava, chocolates and flowers on arrival. No children under 18 years.

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  • Arddwyn

    Penrhyndeudraeth near Porthmadog

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC612053
    This pretty, detached cottage is situated in a residential area of Penrhyndeudraeth, just three miles from the busy town of Porthmadog. There’s a lovely wood burner, perfect for chilly nights with a glass of wine or two. Walk up the hill to Penrhyn Station on the famous Ffestiniog Railway and catch a train down to Porthmadog, or up to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Black Rock Sands at nearby Morfa Bychan is a great place for a bucket and spade day, whilst visitors to Portmeirion can marvel at the fascinating Italianate village, created by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. Blaenau Ffestiniog is becoming the adventure capital of North Wales, with Zipworld Titan – the largest zip wire zone in the world, Bounce Below, a fantastic system of trampoline nets deep underground in a disused slate cavern, and the Stiniog Downhill Mountain Bike Trail. Harlech, Betws-y-Coed and Llyn Peninsula are all within easy reach.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: Beamed with wooden floor, wood burner, 37" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD/radio and Blu-ray.
    Dining area: Beamed with wooden floor.
    Kitchen area: With wooden floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Fireguard on request.

    Small yard to the rear of the property. On road parking. No smoking. No children under 14 years. The bannister height is 76cm and the gaps are 11cm. Extra care should be taken.

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  • Y Bwthyn

    Bala

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC612090
    Gloriously situated at the end of Bala Lake, this delightful holiday property, next door to the owners’ seasonal coffee shop, has a lovely decked area from which to admire the stunning views across Wales’ largest natural lake. Fishing is available on Bala Lake (or Llyn Tegid to give it its Welsh name) and a licence may be purchased locally. Stroll to the end of the lake and catch a narrow gauge steam train on the Bala Lake Railway, along the lake shore to the pretty village of Llanuwchllyn. The market town of Bala is close by and offers several pubs, restaurants and cafes within walking distance, as well as a nearby leisure centre and shopping facilities. Located in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, you can take the mountain road over to Lake Vyrnwy, an experience in itself, or the easy route to the beach at Barmouth, just over 25 miles away.

    Ground Floor: The property has eight steps to the entrance, gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge 1: Beamed with gas fire, 40" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Lounge 2.
    Kitchen/dining room: Beamed with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.
    Steep, open-tread stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Beamed with double bed and TV.
    Bedroom 2: Beamed with single bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With bath.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Stairgate on request. Wi-Fi.

    Courtyard garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture.Bike store. Parking for 2 cars. No smoking.
    There are 9 open tread steps leading to the entrance of the property and there are steep internal open tread tread stairs leading to the first floor. The decking area has horizontal railings. Extra care should be taken

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  • The Cottage

    Llanllyfni, nr. Caernarfon

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W2422

    Four poster bed and sauna

    This converted 17th century semi-detached holiday cottage is full of character with a four poster bed, cosy dining room/kitchen and a sauna. Situated on the slopes of the Nantlle Valley, there are views of Caernarfon Bay and the Isle of Anglesey beyond. There is climbing, hill walking, mountain biking, horse riding and wonderful scenery close by. Discover superb beaches, golf courses, a variety of tourist railways, slate caverns, museums and a dry ski slope. Visit castles, Victorian Llandudno, pretty Betws-y-Coed and return to the cottage and enjoy the luxury of a sauna, or enjoy the owner’s model railway and private museum. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. Wet room with toilet. Sauna. First floor: Living room (on small landing area). 2 double bedrooms (one four poster, one cabin bed). Most rooms with wooden floors and beams. Maximum sleeps 3.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£15per week October-April). Bed linen included. Stereo. Electric oven. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Sauna. No smoking.

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  • Sgubor Wennol Bach

    Llanor near Pwllheli

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC611035
    In a lovely, tranquil, rural setting amidst the glorious scenery of the spectacular Lleyn Peninsula, yet within very easy reach of sandy beaches and Pwllhelli’s lively attractions, this stunning barn conversion, cleverly divided into two self contained holiday cottages, provides an excellent base for year-round holidays. Sgubor Wennol Bach is a perfect retreat for couples or a small family, and is located next door to Sgubor Wennel Ty Du (CC611036), both of which can be booked together for a larger family gathering.

    Tucked away at the end of a lane filled with wild flowers, this converted former farm building enjoys spacious lawned gardens and is surrounded by wildlife and distant sea views over rolling green fields. Within easy reach, there is much to see and do including castles, steam trains, superb coastal walking, sandy beaches, interesting rocky coves, cycling and an abundance of interesting shops and galleries. Enjoy boat trips from fashionable Abersoch round the St. Tudwal’s Islands to fish, bird watch or spot seals, or for the more adventurous, a myriad of outdoor pursuits can be found within the Snowdonia National Park.
    Sgubor Wennol Bach can be booked with Sgubor Wennel Ty Du (CC611036) to accommodate up to nine guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating (underfloor on the ground floor) and comprises:
    Lounge: With Freeview TV with surround sound system, DVD player and patio doors.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large with wooden floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

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

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. highchair. Wi-Fi.

    Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Chiminea. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Harbour View

    Porthmadog

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UK6064
    This terraced, contemporary holiday property is located on the exclusive South Snowdon Wharf development in Porthmadog, and has lovely views out over the end of the famous Ffestiniog Railway to the boats moored in the harbour. As the tide rises and falls the ever-changing vista is utterly compelling, and the balcony is just the spot to most appreciate the view with a glass of wine or an al-fresco dinner. The little steam trains of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway provide great entertainment as they bustle off on their spectacular journeys to either Blaenau Ffestiniog or Caernarfon. A short stroll takes you into the town centre, which offers a great choice of places to eat and drink. The picturesque Italianate village of Portmeirion, designed by Sir Clough Williams Ellis, is well worth a visit, as is the glorious sandy beach at Black Rock Sands; perfect bucket and spade territory or if you fancy a dip in the sea. Meanwhile, Blaenau Ffestiniog is an adrenaline junkie’s delight with Zip World, the largest zip wire zone in the world, Bounce Below, where you can bounce on trampoline nets deep underground in an old slate cavern, or the Stiniog downhill mountain bike trails. Beach 2 miles. Shop and restaurant 200 yards, pub 50 yards.

    Ground Floor: Step to entrance.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With 2ft 6in single bed (for child).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living area: With 20" Freeview TV and patio doors leading to balcony.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave and fridge.

    Economy 7 central heating and bed linen included. Wi-Fi at cost.

    Balcony with garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Carmel

    Trefor, near Caernarfon

    Grade
    3
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: UK6138
    Ideally located on the northern coast of the Lleyn Peninsula within walking distance of a sandy pebble backed beach, this charming mid-terraced cottage is in a peaceful village location overlooking a delightful little river as it winds its way from the mountains down to the sea.
    This is a wonderful location for both summer holidays and relaxing winter escapes. The cottage is close to the Snowdonia National Park with its myriad of exhilarating outdoor pursuits including zip wires, surfing, mountain biking and canoeing. Caernarfon, with its magnificent 13th century castle and narrow gauge railway is just 13 miles away, whilst lively Pwllheli and fashionable Abersoch are also within easy reach. Beach 100 yards. Shop and pub 100 yards, restaurant 8 miles.

    Ground Floor: 3 steps to entrance.
    Living room: With multi-fuel burner, 22" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player, beams and wooden floor.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and tiled floor.
    Steep stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and wooden floor.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed and wooden floor.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels included. Initial supply of logs and coal for multi-fuel burner included.

    Small courtyard. On road parking, public car park, free of charge. No smoking. Please note: There is a fenced stream 20 yards away.

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  • Fron Dirion

    Dinas Mawddwy, nr. Dolgellau

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: NT008009

    National Trust Holiday Cottage


    A traditional stone cottage with many original features including flagstone floors, beams and inglenook fireplace which houses a cosy wood-burning stove. It is set on the side of Dinas Mawddwy, one of Wales’ most impressive mountains, in a quiet remote location. Its central position makes it an excellent base for exploring both North Wales and the Cambrian coastline with its sandy beaches. The Coed-y-Brenin Forest and mountain bike centre is on the doorstep, and Harlech Castle, Portmeirion, King Arthurs Labyrinth and CAT are just a short drive away. Other attractions nearby include the Lachwedd Slate Caverns, Zip world, Bounce below, Swallow Falls and Betwys-y-Coed. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Beamed living room with dining area, wood-burning stove and flagstone floor. Beamed kitchen with dining area. Step to utility. Steep stairs to first floor: Beamed double bedroom with sloping ceiling leading to twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel is included for the first night, then available at additional cost
    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot on request
    • TV (for DVD use only)
    • DVD
    • DAB radio
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Enclosed garden
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • No. 4

    Dolgellau

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 11971

    Snowdonia National Park, AONB

    These well-equipped properties are in a quiet position near to the centre of Dolgellau, within walking distance of restaurants, shops and pubs. Visitors have access to the Mawddach Trail, Cader Iris Mountain Range and Cymer Abbey. Local attractions are plentiful, a few minutes’ drive west takes you to the Cambrian Coast to miles of safe sandy beaches, along with attractions including Castell Y Bere, Talyllyn Railway, King Arthurs’ Labyrinth, CAT, Corris Mine exploring and craft centre. Just a short drive east leads you Bala Lake. The area also caters for those who enjoy sailing, white water rafting, high ropes, paintballing, mountain adventure with courses for 4x4s and quad bikes. Golf and horse riding can also be found locally. Tan Yr Allt Gallery, a 9-mile return railway journey following the side of the lake, glassblobbery, Caerau Uchaf Gardens – highest gardens open to the public in North Wales, and a little further, Llangollen. North are Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Swallow Falls in Betws Y Coed and then on to Snowdon with its railway, Sygun copper mines, and numerous historic castles including Harlech, Caernarfon and Conwy. South takes you over the Berwyn Mountains to the Tanat Valley where one of the eight wonders of Wales, Llanrhaeadr waterfall, can be found. Owner on site. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: Step up to 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Both properties: First £5 electric panel heaters and electricity included, remainder by £1 meter. Bed linen included. Satellite TV. Stereo. Electric cooker. Microwave. Large shared garden with patio and chairs. Barbecue area. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Daflod

    Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC611024
    Located on the first floor, this lovely barn conversion forms part of a complex on the outskirts of Dyffryn Ardudwy in the Snowdonia National Park, close to the sandy beaches of the Cambrian coastline. Nearby Harlech and Barmouth are both popular tourist destinations and visitors to the area are close to Harlech Castle, Llanfair Slate Caverns, Portmeirion, nearby steam railways and Coed-y-Brenin Forest Centre and mountain bike trails.

    This property sits with Gwytheryn (611017), North Lodge (611016), Sgubor (611014), Rhiwal (611015), Llofft Allan (611018) and Beudy Bach (611013) to accommodate larger groups.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, accessed via 13 external steps, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living/dining room: with electric coal effect fire, TV/DVD player, ipod dock and CD player.
    Kitchen: with gas cooker, microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer.
    Bedroom 1: with double bed and en-suite with bath, shower attachment and WC.
    Bedroom 2: with zip ’n’ link beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Shared payphone. Shared use of laundry room with coin operated washing machine and tumble dryer.

    Shared games room with table tennis, pool table and table football. Shared use of sitting out area with garden furniture and BBQ. Communal children’s play area. Ample parking. Cycle storage. Sorry no pets. Smoking outside only.

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  • The Retreat

    Aberglaslyn, Beddgelert

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: JBN
    Set in a stunning riverside location in over 2 acres of landscaped grounds, including a private pathway to Aberglaslyn Gorge, this lovely cottage is only 6 miles from sandy beaches and close to many magnificent natural features of the Snowdonia National Park. Holiday activities to enjoy include horse riding, river fishing (on the doorstep, licence required) as well as walking, mountaineering, rock climbing, canoeing and bird-watching. The property is also 5 minutes’ walk from Nantmor Halt on the Welsh Highland Railway with trains to Beddgelert, Caernarfon and Porthmadog. Sea fishing, sailing and swimming can be enjoyed from sandy beaches near the harbour town of Porthmadog (6 miles), which is also home to the famous Ffestiniog Railway, and a golf course nearby at Morfa Bychan, which also has a long, golden sandy beach with sublime views down to Harlech and up to the peaks of Snowdonia. Porthmadog also boasts a maritime museum and a car museum. Llanberis is home to the Mountain Railway terminus, from where trains make the 5-mile journey up the side of Snowdon, to the café at the summit. Nearby Beddgelert is an enchanting village huddled amidst some majestic mountain scenery, famous for the legend of Prince Llywelyn and his faithful hound. Extravagant and Italianate Portmeirion is a short drive away near the Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve. The setting for The Village in the 1960s cult TV series The Prisoner, endangered buildings from all over the world were broken down, transported and rebuilt, to create a wildly eclectic ensemble. Bangor 15 miles. Village pub/restaurant and shops 1½ miles.
    The Retreat can be booked together with The Cottage (JBM) to accommodate up to 11 guests.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With wood burner, Sky TV and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.

    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    Steep, narrow open-tread stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With twin beds and sloping ceiling.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair. External utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.

    Garden area with garden furniture and BBQ. Shared 2¼ acre grounds. Fly fishing by arrangement (March to October, licence required). Bike store. Parking. No smoking. Please note: There is a river in the grounds.

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