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La Belle Grange - large luxurious converted barn with orchards in rural Normandy

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms in spacious secluded grounds

Enjoy the perfect holiday in La Belle Grange, our newly renovated beautiful stone house, sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms - 2 doubles, and 2 twins plus small child’s bed and cot - and 3 bathrooms.

La Belle Grange has been sympathetically converted from an ancient barn into a very special unique holiday home. Set in very quiet and beautiful countryside, with panoramic views over a delightful unspoiled valley, to distant wooded hills and small farms.

La Belle Grange combines the beauty of this historic building with the luxury of modern facilities, without losing any of its charm, or unique character.

The magnificent two story entrance hall with double glazed doors has a cathedral ceiling showing the massive three hundred year old oak roof timbers, and a beautiful oak staircase sweeping up to the minstrel gallery on the first floor.

The house is flooded with light, from all of the large double glazed windows.

In order to make La Belle Grange into a luxurious open plan living space, we removed an internal wall, creating a large kitchen/living/dining room.

It has been furnished with a very chic combination of quality antique and modern furniture, including chaise longue, comfortable sofas, and chairs. There is a striking 3 meter oak table which seats 8.

For your family entertainment we have a new flat screen television, with English and European channels and WiFi is available.

The modern, extremely well equipped kitchen has everything you will need. You will enjoy using all of the new kitchen equipment, such as the washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, kettle, cooking utensils, toaster, and cafetière. Whether you are an expert cook, or just want some easy food it will make your holiday dining effortless and perfect.

The ancient granite fireplace has a new extremely efficient wood burning stove and full central heating.

La Belle Grange is insulated to the highest possible standard, so you will be cool in summer and toasty warm even in the coldest winter.

Sitting in this tranquil luxury, with the faint sweet smell of burning apple wood, and perhaps enjoying a delicious glass of wine, can be the perfect end to a day. Just relax, and enjoy smiles, happiness and good times, which always come as part of your holiday at La Belle Grange.

All bedrooms have very comfortable beds to ensure perfect sleep, and luxurious, high quality Egyptian cotton bedding. The double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, on the ground floor, has easy access through French doors to the garden.

The master bedroom on the first floor has a lovely en-suite bathroom has a large roll top bath, with shower, antique art deco wash-stand with a free standing oval sink. You can enjoy a relaxing bath whilst gazing at the stars through the window above. Or enjoy lying in bed watching the morning sun-rise filling the valley with light and glinting on the small stream.

Also on the first floor there is a twin bedroom, with en suite shower, and beautiful views over the valley. The smaller bedroom on the first floor with bunk beds is ideal for children.

Outside we have a very large deck area with table, chairs, sun umbrella, sun loungers and barbeque. Stroll in the large grounds, in an orchard of apple, pear, and plum trees.

Enjoy the lower terrace, by the beautiful small sparkling stream below the house, with table and chairs, which makes a perfect spot for lazy lunches or afternoons in the sunshine listening to the sweet tinkling sound of the water. As the stream is only 6 inches deep, it is not ideal for fishing.

There is virtually no light pollution here so the views of the stars on a warm evening, are magnificent and magical.

It feels as if you are deep in the heart of the French countryside, it is so quiet, and peaceful, but it is only 5 minutes from Brécey, a small and pretty market town with everything you need to help you enjoy your stay. Brécey has 2 supermarkets, a newly opened quality restaurant Le Gourmand, lovely patisseries, for delicious homemade cakes or perfect fresh croissants for breakfast.

It has two Banks with ATM machines, bars for a drink or relaxed meal, boulangeries, charcuteries, a chemist, hairdresser, garage, hardware, and all of the usual French small town shops. There is a market in the town square with local produce every Friday, selling cheeses, fresh vegetables, and stalls with delicious hot food.

Local attractions

There is a supervised outdoor swimming pool for adults, children’s pool and paddling pool just a few minutes down the hill from us. You can buy crêpes here for about 1 euro. There’s also a small children’s play area with slides there.

Near the swimming pool there is a river, and a pretty lake, surrounded by a footpath perfect for picnics, or relaxing easy walks. The equestrian centre, opposite the lake, has gymkhanas, jumping and cross-country competitions.

There are lovely walks from the house, in the extensive beech woods 5 minutes walk away, with small streams, pools, and shady quiet areas. If you are lucky you will see kingfishers, woodpeckers, squirrels, trout, deer, a big variety of fungus, some edible (if you know what you are doing) or more rarely, a French farmer driving a small three wheel tractor along the many wide tracks in the woods as there are still one or two cultivated fields on the edge of the woods. It is very easy to spend hours there in the lush tranquil green spaces, ideal for a picnic, a paddle, or just some quality peaceful time, and so accessible.

Enjoy the lower terrace, by the beautiful small sparkling stream below the house, with table and chairs, which makes a perfect spot for lazy lunches or afternoons in the sunshine listening to the sweet tinkling sound of the water. As the stream is only 6 inches deep, it is not ideal for fishing.

There is virtually no light pollution here so the views of the stars on a warm evening, are magnificent and magical.

It feels as if you are deep in the heart of the French countryside, it is so quiet, and peaceful, but it is only 5 minutes from Brécey, a small and pretty market town with everything you need to help you enjoy your stay. Brécey has 2 supermarkets, a newly opened quality restaurant Le Gourmand, lovely patisseries, for delicious homemade cakes or perfect fresh croissants for breakfast.

It has two Banks with ATM machines, bars for a drink or relaxed meal, boulangeries, charcuteries, a chemist, hairdresser, garage, hardware, and all of the usual French small town shops. There is a market in the town square with local produce every Friday, selling cheeses, fresh vegetables, and stalls with delicious hot food.

Local attractions

There is a supervised outdoor swimming pool for adults, children’s pool and paddling pool just a few minutes down the hill from us. You can buy crêpes here for about 1 euro. There’s also a small children’s play area with slides there.

Near the swimming pool there is a river, and a pretty lake, surrounded by a footpath perfect for picnics, or relaxing easy walks. The equestrian centre, opposite the lake, has gymkhanas, jumping and cross-country competitions.

There are lovely walks from the house, in the extensive beech woods 5 minutes walk away, with small streams, pools, and shady quiet areas. If you are lucky you will see kingfishers, woodpeckers, squirrels, trout, deer, a big variety of fungus, some edible (if you know what you are doing) or more rarely, a French farmer driving a small three wheel tractor along the many wide tracks in the woods as there are still one or two cultivated fields on the edge of the woods. It is very easy to spend hours there in the lush tranquil green spaces, ideal for a picnic, a paddle, or just some quality peaceful time, and so accessible.

Places to visit.

Avranches, 20 minutes – an old market town perched on a hill, has great views from the Jardin des Plantes towards Mont St. Michel.

*The second most visited place in France, the beautiful Mont St Michel, is 40 minutes. Go on a weekday if possible!

*William the Conqueror’s castle in Caen is an hour. Caen is also a very good shopping centre. There is a very large and renowned World War 2 museum on the outskirts of the town.

*The D-Day beaches, and Bayeux tapestry are about 50 mins, and well worth a visit.

*Explore the famous “Route de la Baie” following the coast near Mont St Michel, and enjoy a delicious meal in one of the cliff top restaurants. Enjoy the views or visit one of the many spectacular beaches.

*Nearest long, sandy beaches about 35-40 mins – one of our favourites is Carolles.

*St Hilaire du Harcouet 20 minutes is a lovely market town with a large, local market on Wednesdays. Perhaps the best market in the area. It has a large church and lakeside park.

*Enjoy walking along a disused railway track footpath from Paris to Mont St Michel,which is easily accessible from St Hilaire, or Mortain, both about 20 minutes away. It’s good for walks or cycling - you can hire bikes from Neufbourg, just before you get to Mortain.

* Abbeye Blanche – a lovely old Abbeye about 15 mins away and the waterfall walks are very pretty and not too taxing.

* Fishing-15mins, at a trout farm in the Val de la See, or 20 mins. at a very large lake at Lac Clement.

*Go Karting- 20 mins, on the Mortain road.

*Le Village Enchante-15 mins, at Bellefontaine on the Mortain road, a small theme park with many various activities, horses, rides, zip wires, and more.

* Parc L’Ange Michel-30 mins. A larger theme park with over 30 rides near St Hilaire.

* Swiss Normandy 20 mins north on the A84 towards Caen, very good for walking, exploring the small towns and has spectacular views.

More Details

Owner
Alan and Mary Morrison
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
25 July, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Good Evening Alan,



Just a quick email to say we loved La Belle Grange, we very much enjoyed

our stay. It was very beautiful. ..the weather was delightful and the cows came to say hi often too.



Kind Regards

JB (from UK)

email dated 12/08/2015
Jul 2015
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Brécey in Manche

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 Master Bedroom ensuite - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Roll top bath with hand held shower
    Bathroom 2 Bedroom 3 ensuite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 Bedroom 4 en suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The master bedroom on the first floor has a lovely en-suite bathroom, with a large roll top bath, with shower, antique wash-stand with art deco tiles and a free standing oval sink. You can enjoy a relaxing bath whilst gazing at the stars through the window above. On the first floor there is a twin bedroom, with en suite bath and shower, and beautiful views over the valley. The third bathroom is en suite the ground floor bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot , Child bed folds into a chair
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Child Bed , Bunk beds
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , Bedroom 4 is on the ground floor with French doors to garden
  • All bedrooms have very comfortable beds to ensure perfect sleep, and luxurious, high quality, Egyptian cotton bedding. The double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, on the ground floor, has easy access through French doors to the garden. The master bedroom on the first floor has a lovely en-suite bathroom. On the first floor there is also a twin bedroom, with en suite bath and shower. The smaller bedroom on the first floor is ideal for children. Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom has a large double bed and also a cot and small folding bed for a child. Bedroom 2 has a double bed and French doors to the garden. Bedroom 3 on first floor has twin beds and spectacular views. Bedroom 4 has bunk beds.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Outside: Large deck with teak table chairs & umbrella. Barbecue, sun loungers. Terrace next to stream with table chairs and umbrella. Small table and chairs on west side of house.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
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La Belle Grange - large luxurious converted barn with orchards in rural Normandy
average rating of 4.6 based on 16 reviews
Hartley Wintney, Hook
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Great setup let down by the details

  • 3 of 5

Positives

Fantastic rural location with lovely views and a large garden. Very peaceful and relaxing. The outdoor decking was perfect for relaxed evenings. The living space is comfortable very well appointed: well equipped kitchen, lots of space, double height and very light and airy.

The nearby town, Brecey, is very pretty with local food shops. We didn't eat in town so can't comment on the restaurants. A very good local vet was excellent for our dog treatment needed for our return to the UK.

Excellent communication from the owners throughout the process.

Negatives

I wouldn't describe this as luxury accommodation. The bedrooms and bathrooms were v basic with ill-matched furniture. The bedding didn't feel like "high quality Egyptian cotton".

The living space was very clean but the bathrooms were quite grubby (splashes of dirt and dust at lower levels) and were not decorated very well. We also had a few issues with loose fittings (door handles/hooks) which, although easy to repair, indicated a lack of maintenance.

I suspect the local management are not giving the property the quality of care - maintenance and cleaning.

Overall

I would recommend this property in many ways but recommend the owners give it a spruce up and deep clean to ensure it makes the best of the many positives it deserves.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ms Austin Thank you for your review and all the positive comments. Re the bathrooms, the master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with a large roll top bath and shower. The hand basin is a genuine antique art nouveau wash stand with original tiles, fitted with a modern state of the art mixer tap and wc. Unfortunately there had been a small leak under the bath. Our maintenance team managed to repair it, but did not have time to repaint the small marks that were left before your arrival. Of course this has now been rectified All of the bathrooms have new very good quality showers, hand basins and WCs with new vinyl flooring and tiling. All of our bedding is indeed high quality Egyptian cotton, with a high thread count. The furniture in the house is a mix of antique and modern so it is not like a modern hotel where everything is new, ordinary, matching and facory made by the thousands. We have invested in unique quality pieces of furniture, as we think this looks much more in keeping with the house. As the house is partly ancient, like the original old oak beams. Some of our furniture, reflests this, like the victorian chaise longue, the coffee table made from one of the original stable doors, used when the house was a barn, and the large victorian oak refectory table. The house also has the best of modern features like the ultra modern kitchen, new good quality bathrooms with showers and WCs, and new comfortable leather sofas. We always give our guests the phone numbers of our managers in France and say in our guest book, which is left in the house, and in our booking emails. "If you have any problems at all, like a loose door handle or marks on a wall, please call the managers immediately and they will come and rectify the problem whatever it is". We want our guests to enjoy a happy carefree holiday in comfort. Unfortunately if they don't know about a problem, obviously they cant sort it out. Our managers have been with us for some years and we have not had any complaints about their work. We do have every confidence in them and know they are very hard working and take great pride in caring for our lovely holiday home. Of course they are human and it is possible to miss something small, butb they always prefer it if our guests call them and let them know about it. Then they are always happy to put it right Kind regards Alan & Mary Morrison
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4

Home from home

  • 4 of 5

Fantastic rural location with everything you need to be comfortable. Not far from local historic sites. Very quiet in Brecey though on Saturday night. We really enjoyed ourselves

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Excellent property in a great location for sight-seeing in Normandy.

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a week's stay at this property. There were 4 adults and 2 teenage children and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The property had everything we needed. The kitchen was very well equipped for our dining needs and the bedrooms and bathrooms were all splendid. It really was like a home from home.

The hosue is set in a wonderful location, away from it all. We took advantage of the beautiful scenery and walked for miles up and down the nearby lanes, most of the time, without coming across anyone else (there were plenty of circular routes). It was so nice to be able to walk with only the sound of birds to hear and no traffic.

We visited Mont St Michel, Saint-Malo, Fougeres, Coutances (this place shuts for lunch, including it's main attraction the cathedral) and Granville. All of these are within about an hour's drive. We didn't get to Bayeux or the D-Day beaches this time (we'd been before) but they would have been within range if we'd wanted to.

Practical things:

* The large SuperU supermarket is only a 5 mins drive from the gite and has everything you need.

* Brecey has plenty of "provisions" shopping including butcher and boulangerie

* We came across on Eurotunnel and the drive from Calais including stops was about 5 hours. Our tip would be to take the motorway around the south of Rouen rather than going via Le Havre - cheaper on tolls, no Pont de Normandie (although this is interesting if you've not been over before) and takes no longer.

* We went to the Chemin de Fer model trains in Clecey - unless you are a real model train buff, don't bother - over-priced and not enough there (in our opinion!).

All in all, we'd happily recommend this house for a stay in Normandy. Coming back was hard!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Extremely comfortable, well equipped and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at La Belle Grange several times now at different times of the year and back again this summer. We love it ! It's a truly relaxing setting, with well appointed, stylish and generous accommodation in a wonderful setting. A perfect venue to take in as much or as little as you choose of the area's many attractions, delightful food, culture and countryside. Highly recommended, private, perfect for enjoying alfresco dining or equally a stunning sunrise.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Peaceful and luxurious.

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a lovely week at La Belle Grange. The weather was superb and the facilities excellent: tasteful and spacious accommodation and lovely grounds. We especially liked the large outside table where we managed to sit for every one of our meals. It was also well equipped for our two year old grand daughter. We have some great memories of the holiday and hope to be back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great Active Days, Great Night Sky

  • 5 of 5

Six of us, (four adults, two children), have just returned from a really enjoyable week at La Belle Grange. Loads of room both inside and out. The house is well equipped and nicely furnished. We had a pretty 'green' holiday with lots of walking in the woods nearby and plenty of cycling - the house is not far from the 'voie verte', a former railway line that's part of the Paris-Mont St Michel cycle route. (It's also a pleasant 15 minute ride in to Brécey to buy the daily croissants). It was a delight also to sit out on the deck at night looking at the stars - no light pollution here! We recommend La BG highly.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
71 Kilometres
Dinard, St Malo
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Caen
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Villedieu-les-Poeles
Car: necessary

Nearby Brécey has 2 supermarkets, lovely patisseries for delicious homemade cakes or perfect fresh croissants for breakfast. It has two Banks with ATM machines, restaurants, bars for a drink or relaxed meal, boulangeries, charcuteries, a chemist, hairdresser, garage, hardware, and all of the usual French small town shops. There is a market in the town square every Friday with local produce selling cheeses, fresh vegetables, and stalls with delicious hot food.

Local Leisure Facilities:

There are two safe open air swimming pools and a paddling pool with life guards, tennis courts and a park with a lake all within 10 minutes walk or 3 mins drive of the cottage. Opposite the swimming pool there is a horse show-jumping arena where events are held. Also within 10 minutes drive there are specialist fishing lakes en route to Avranches.

Within 3 minutes walk of the cottage, up the quiet country lane, are magnificent and extensive beech woods set on a hill overlooking beautiful rolling countryside. There you can walk or stroll in the cool shade of the beech trees and enjoy relaxed family picnics.

Gastronomic Delights:

Near Saint Pois, about 10 minutes drive away, is the Moulin de Jean a superb gourmet restaurant within a beautifully restored water mill which offers great value and service.

In Brécey try the restaurant Auberge des Sports which serves homely French fare. There is also a newly opened quality restaurant, Le Gourmand.

Avranches, about 20 minutes by car, offers a range of restaurants including La Belle Epoque for good food in an interesting setting; Saint Marco for good food in nice surroundings; and Le Port.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Brécey, Manche

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Peak season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£731
for 7 nights
£731
 
 
High season
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£612
for 7 nights
£612
 
 
Mid season
23 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£489
for 7 nights
£489
 
 
Low season
21 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£164
for 3 nights
From
£55
£365
 
 
Christmas/New Year
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£457
for 7 nights
£457
 
 
Low season
6 Jan 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£157
for 3 nights
£365
 
 
Easter
24 Mar 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£489
for 7 nights
£489
 
 
Low season
7 Apr 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£157
for 3 nights
£365
 
 
Mid season
28 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£489
for 7 nights
£489
 
 
High season
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£612
for 7 nights
£612
 
 
Peak season
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£731
for 7 nights
£731
 
 
High season
1 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£612
for 7 nights
£612
 
 
Mid season
22 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£489
for 7 nights
£489
 
 
Low season
20 Oct 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£157
for 3 nights
£365
 
 
Christmas/New Year
15 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
£457
for 7 nights
£457
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£164
for 3 nights
From
£55
£365
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £306

Due to fluctuating exchange rates visitors from the United Kingdom please note:
We have fixed weekly prices in British pounds which may be slightly different than when the prices in Euros are converted at the current exchange rate. Please contact us for our British pound prices.

We send our Booking Terms information when a booking request is made.

Bed linen and towels are provided on request for a small extra charge of 7.50 euros per person per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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