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After something a bit different for your next rural retreat?Take a break from the norm with our range of quirky holiday accommodation. We’ve got the lot: rustic shepherd huts, cute caravans, glorious converted chapels, unique cottages and more.



Whether you want to lose yourself deep in the countryside in a cosy log cabin, bed down in a peaceful poolside windmill or take in the sea views from one of our off-beat coastal lets, we can help make your escape to the country truly extraordinary.



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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Amazing stay with amazing host” We arrived as a group of 10 people - friends and family. Sarah and the rest of the guys at the reception were very helpful, and offered many tips for moving around. Sarah also helped us with booking a restaurant for our
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from £228 / night

£1595 - £2371 / week

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from £228 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Ski chalet in La Molina

Alp / La Molina

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £207 / night

£1466 / week

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from £207 / night

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Macot-la-Plagne ski chalet rental

Aime / Macot-la-Plagne

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £86 / night

£599 - £1299 / week

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from £86 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great location, fabulous views, could do with updating” We booked this chalet very late (early Jan for a Feb half term stay) and didn't have much in the way of choice and from that perspective, I thought we did very well to get what we did. The chalet
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from £207 / night

£1444 - £2544 / week

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from £207 / night

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Vosges / Gerardmer

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Car not necessary

from £138 / night

£544 - £759 / week

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from £138 / night

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Venabygd ski log cabin to rent.

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £140 / night

£700 / week

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from £140 / night

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Caravan/mobile home rental in St Leonards on Sea

Hastings / St Leonards on Sea

3 8 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly

from £70 / night

£680 / week

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from £70 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Venabygd ski log cabin to rent.

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £200 / night

£1000 / week

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from £200 / night

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Holiday yurt with golf nearby in Tiddington

Stratford-upon-Avon / Tiddington

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly

from £30 / night

£200 - £300 / week

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from £30 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Ski log cabin to rent in Venabygd

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

4 10 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £205 / night

£1025 - £1700 / week

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from £205 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Vallandry ski chalet rental

Vallandry / Vallandry

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“lovely chalet next to the slopes” We stayed in this chalet in January 2015. The chalet is as described in the PVR website. It is very comfortable and ideal if you like a lounge/dining table to sit around exchanging stories after a day on the slopes. T
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from £259 / night

£1807 - £2669 / week

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from £259 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Karigasniemi

Lapland / Karigasniemi

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Magical Christmas” We were priviledged to have a memorable Christmas with Heikki and Anna in the wilderness. The nature is pristine and exceptional. We were lucky enough to see a wonderful Northern Lights display and enjoyed exploring under Heikki and
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from £147 / night

£1026 - £7966 / week

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from £147 / night

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Abondance / Chatel

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £35 / night

£604 - £2156 / week

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from £35 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Valle d'Aosta / Gressoney-la-Trinité

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £173 / night

£1207 / week

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from £173 / night

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Les Arcs ski chalet rental

Bourg Saint Maurice / Les Arcs

10 25 Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 25
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary

from £78 / night

£406 - £12500 / week

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from £78 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday beach hut rental

Province of Trapani / San Vito lo Capo

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Nice house, perfect location” The house is nice - big and clean. Not perfect for small children with a lot of stairs but we managed to keep 3 kids alive so it's not that big of an issue. Definitely the best part is location - one entrance is from the
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from £111 / night

£776 - £2587 / week

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from £111 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Morzine

Haute-Savoie / Morzine

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £228 / night

£1595 - £3300 / week

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from £228 / night

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

6 16 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £297 / night

£2078 - £7660 / week

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from £297 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home with shared pool, golf nearby in Filey

Scarborough District / Filey

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £45 / night

£315 / week

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from £45 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday shepherds hut in Thorrington

Essex / Thorrington

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Car not necessary
“Wonderful 'get away from it all' experience!” What a wonderful stay. The hide was beautiful, the location stunning, and the welcome warm. The ideal place to unwind and enjoy the outstanding views across the lake. Near enough to places of interest, sec
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from £95 / night

£550 / week

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from £95 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“A dream chalet” This was just what we wanted for our holiday, a living area with a view, a log fire and we even got falling snow! On arrival the chalet looked even better than the photos, much cosier and the furniture had been up-dated. The heated bat
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from £185 / night

£1289 - £2065 / week

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from £185 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Lapland / Inari

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £194 / night

£1352 / week

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from £194 / night

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Vallandry ski chalet rental

Peisey-Vallandry / Vallandry

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £185 / night

£1289 - £2065 / week

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from £185 / night

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Vallandry ski chalet rental

Peisey-Vallandry / Vallandry

5 12 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £216 / night

£1509 - £2113 / week

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from £216 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Les Contamines-Montjoie ski chalet rental

Haute-Savoie / Les Contamines-Montjoie

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Ideal location, superb food with warm hospitality” As we can only travel during half term, my wife being a teacher, we normally go to the highest snow sure resorts, preferably ski out ski in. However when booking the cost of catered chalets was so exp
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from £75 / night

£525 - £950 / week

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from £75 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Wengen

Jungfrau Region / Wengen

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Heaven on earth - did not want to leave!” A BEAUTIFUL, luxurious and SUPERBLY CLEAN apartment within one of the most breath taking places in the world! There is no traffic except for the taxi that is easy to find once you get there and the skiers of c
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from £260 / night

£1823 - £2662 / week

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from £260 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Chamonix Town Centre ski chalet rental

Chamonix / Chamonix Town Centre

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £289 / night

£1445 - £2166 / week

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from £289 / night

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Venabygd ski log cabin to rent.

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £145 / night

£730 / week

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from £145 / night

(5) Excellent 

14

Wagrain ski chalet rental

Wagrain / Kirchboden

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Excellent Choice” This is our second visit to this wonderful detached chalet. It is a good choice of accommodation for either a winter ski holiday or a summer holiday as we have done both and will definitely be booking again. The chalet itself is extr
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from £52 / night

£345 - £1380 / week

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from £52 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Superb High Quality Chalet With Excellent Friendly Service From PVR” The chalet is well located with a short (50 metre) up hill walk to a run which leads to two lifts. With good snow it is possible to ski back to the chalet door. It is perfectly locat
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from £197 / night

£1375 - £4263 / week

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from £197 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Peisey-Vallandry / Vallandry

7 16 7 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“location, location, location.....” A great spot perfectly situated in between the La Plagne area and Les Arcs so an enormous ski area. Being right at the edge of the park this chalet was 100% ski in ski out - a huge bonus with 8 kids. Spectacular v
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from £283 / night

£1979 - £3013 / week

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from £283 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home with shared pool in Paignton

English Riviera / Paignton

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“First class accommodation in a great location” The accommodation was perfect - modern, clean, comfortable and very well equipped. There were even welcome drinks laid out for our arrival. Jenny and Rob were a delight to deal with. They couldn't ha
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from £68 / night

£475 - £695 / week

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from £68 / night

(8) Excellent 

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La Guajira Department / Palomino

5 10 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £104 / night

£725 / week

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from £104 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser

Tirol / Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser

12 27 Min stay varies

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 27
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ski

from £25 / night

£363 - £13688 / week

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from £25 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect, the chalet had everything that we needed / wanted” We were an extended family of 3 sixty year olds, 4 young adults and 2 children (6&8). One of very few chalets in Vallandry that genuinely had ski in and out this late in the season. We miss
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from £228 / night

£1595 - £2802 / week

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from £228 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Norrbotten County / Kvikkjokk

3 7 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Ski

from £130 / night

£776 / week

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from £130 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Vallandry ski chalet rental

Vallandry / Vallandry

6 14 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £148 / night

£1035 - £5686 / week

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from £148 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £259 / night

£1807 - £2669 / week

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from £259 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday converted chapel in Barmouth

Gwynedd / Barmouth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly

from £63 / night

£350 - £599 / week

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from £63 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Porto holiday yacht rental

Porto District / Porto

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
“A fabulous experience” Seldom do holidays exceed all expectations, but in the case of Dourovou we could not have had a better experience. The Douro is a perfect place to visit for a short sailing holiday, with an almost guaranteed breeze every aftern
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from £164 / night

£647 / week

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from £164 / night

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