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Stunning Riverfront Estate

People10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

Overview


Details
Property
estate
People
10
Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
3
Minimum Stay
2 - 6 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday estate in Middle Haddam Historic District - Knowles Landing

This 2-acre CT River estate combines the best of luxury, history and adventure!

The Captain's House, a 3,400 SF 3-level renovated Victorian, features 5 bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths, gourmet kitchen,wraparound deck, badminton/volley ball court and 40' dock. A magical place to relax & recharge...

Knowles Landing is one of the most beautiful waterfront estates on the Connecticut River. This maritime historic landmark is centrally located midway been NYC and Boston, 25 minutes south of Hartford, and 45 minutes north of New Haven. This stunning 5 bedroom renovated Victorian Captain’s House has an open floor plan and all the modern conveniences you could want – from AC to granite kitchen counters, WIFI, a wraparound porch (with a working signal light) and a delightful afternoon breeze to relax and celebrate life.

Like in Sweden and Japan, it's shoeless at the Captain's House -- bring slippers, socks or some new flip flops. Sorry...no smoking or pets....my lab-mix Sophie, however, will be thrilled to receive some extra attention!

Located in a quiet historic village, Middle Haddam has a rich and colorful history of shipbuilding, sea captains and commerce. This 2-acre property includes the 3,400 SF, 3-level Captain’s House which sleeps 8 in style; a 2,100 SF, 3-level renovated Carriage House (host’s studio); gazebo; badminton/volleyball court and deep-water 40’ dock.

5 Bedrooms

Bedroom #1: The 3rd floor master bedroom suite with a walk-out deck offers a commanding view of the River and property. Queen size raised bed for exquisite river views, skylights, exposed brick with dramatic lighting, sitting area, large bathroom with shower, 2 sinks, stained glass windows and Jacuzzi is the ultimate private getaway!

Bedroom #2: The 2nd floor master bedroom has a Queen size bed, wonderful views of the River, marble bathroom with a shower, 2 sinks, and skylights. This bedroom opens up to a spacious bedroom with panoramic River views and serves as an extra bedroom (see below).

Bedroom #3: The 2nd floor sunroom bedroom is accessed either through French doors off the den, or through a door from the 2nd floor master bedroom. This light-filled bedroom has 3 walls of windows offering a 180-degree riverscape and a delightful afternoon breeze. King-sized bed with storage drawers below. There is a large wardrobe closet and a desk stocked with office supplies, a Mac computer and a wireless printer.

Bedroom #4: The 2nd floor bedroom off the main stairs has a full-size bed and a bathroom next door off the hallway with tub and shower. This bedroom faces the River and offers a lovely view of the glimmering waters from the comfort of your bed.

Bedroom #5: The cozy library bedroom faces the River on the 2nd floor and has a full-size bed. There is a large closet, and bookshelves filled with great eclectic reads. A full bathroom with a tub/shower is just across the hallway.

2nd Floor Den

From the hallway you can access the den with a 42" Smart TV and incredible River views. This large, window-filled room has two coaches, one of which is a very comfortable pull-out Queen size bed with a Posturepedic mattress.

3-1/2 Bathrooms

The 2nd and 3rd floor master bedrooms have bathrooms ensuite with double sinks and sunlight flooding in thru skylights and windows. The 3rd floor bathroom also has a Jacuzzi. The 2nd floor hallway bathroom has a bathtub/shower. The 1st floor 1/2-bathroom is off the side entrance and kitchen. This large, airy bathroom/mudroom has a gas log fireplace, washer-and-dryer, skylight and closets. You can also access the backyard from the mudroom where there is a clothesline.

Kitchen

The first floor has a flowing, open floor plan with 9’ ceilings, downlights and large windows to capture gorgeous views of the River. The kitchen is a cook’s dream with granite counters, 2 large sinks for the sous chefs, a brass bar sink, Subzero frig, regular and convection ovens, and gas stove top. Eat in the kitchen for a casual meal or savor your gastronomical feat in the dining room (seats 10) with wonderful etched granite fireplace and river views. The kitchen is stocked with cooking and serviceware, utensils, microwave, toaster, blender, coffee maker, French press, water boiler and kettle, and basic supplies (oil, vinegar, spices, fresh ground coffee, tea, mustard, ketchup).

Living Room

Off the kitchen, the large living room faces the river with breathtaking views out the picture window. Facing west, the sunsets reflecting off the water are simply spectacular! Open the screened French doors, turn on the paddle fan and choose from settle in on one of many comfy chairs and coaches. There is also a gas log fireplace and a stereo with a collection of jazz CDs.

Dining Room

Entering from the kitchen or the foyer, this stunning dining room seats 8-10 with wonderful lighting and river views. There is a wet bar located in the adjacent kitchen. For larger dinner parties, the foyer serves as a wonderful extra dining space to seat an additional 10 guests.

Wraparound Porch

When I give my guests a tour of the Captain's House and bring them out to the wraparound porch with the awesome river views, the lush green trees across the water, the gentle sloping lawn to the tennis court and dock…they absolutely melt. Most of my guests enjoy using the porch, complete with lighting and power, as an outdoor family and dining room.

The Captain’s House (Victorian) is for you and your guests to enjoy. There are chaise lounges and chairs available on the lower riverfront lawn to bask in the sun or under the shade trees. Looking for some exercise and sport? There is a badminton and volleyball court overlooking the River (formerly the Hartru tennis court). Up for a game of croquet or horse shoes? The lawn on the River offers the perfect level playing field – just ask.

The river is usually at its calmest in the early morning and late afternoon. A kayaker’s paradise, there is an easy launch area just to the right of the dock. There are 4 very stable kayaks for your use with flotation devices. Arrangements can also be made if you would like to dock your motor or sail boat at my 40’ deepwater dock. I have mooring whips which worked well for my 25’ fiberglass Chris Craft and power is available.

The Connecticut River stretches 407 miles from Canada to Long Island Sound and captivates even the most reserved observer with its beauty. Known to have the best carp and channel cat fishing in the country – 42 pounds is the state record and was caught in the CT River. We also have the best striped bass fishing in the Northeast! Every Spring, the bass chase the herring up the River. A salt water fish, bass have a high tolerance for fresh water. Striped bass over 40 pounds have been caught in the River and there are bass tournaments all season – many fishermen cast in front of the dock where the fish like to gather.

In the late afternoon, seize the opportunity to sit on the dock and just watch the River life. Be patient and you may see the fish jump, an eagle soar, or blue heron fly by in search of their next meal.

If you would like to fish, you will need an inland fishing license which can be purchased online.

Who Should Stay

Ideal for couples, groups of friends, families with teenage or older children, history buffs, adventurers, nature and water lovers, fishing enthusiasts, runners, bicyclists, boaters, artists, authors, lovers of life. This property is not ideal for individuals who might have difficulty with many stairs and hills.

Knowles Landing:

This quiet River oasis was once a destination for vacationers to get out of the City back during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many would travel by steamboat to the Landing where there was a steamboat house for tickets and baggage (the steamboat house burned down before the property was purchased, but the foundation still remains in front of the dock).

Shipbuilding History:

Situated atop a commanding hill, this landmark Victorian was built in 1886 by the daughter and son-in-law of local steamboat Captain Edward W. Simpson. Middle Haddam was home to more than a dozen sea captains – some credited with capturing British ships off Long Island during the Revolutionary War. Trade to the West Indies is documented as far back as the 1770s.

The local taverns, shops and inns, which were later converted to lovely homes and a local library, enjoyed financial success until the early 1930s when steamboat service died out along the Connecticut River.

The Connecticut River:

The Connecticut River has been named one of the “Last Great Places” by the Nature Conservancy. One of the most beautiful rivers in the world, it has no industrialization along its shores and its waters are rated clean enough for anything but drinking. It is a summer breeding ground for osprey and the largest concentration of wintering eagles on the East coast when it is a common sight to see eagles flying above the River in search of food.

The Neighborhood:

Walk to the Middle Haddam Library, just up the street with a wonderful collection of books, DVDs and historical references, or take a stroll down Shad Row past the waterfalls and onto Shipyard Road. The Middle Haddam Post Office is also an easy 10-minute walk over a wooden bridge off of Blacksmith Road.

Nearby:

Stop & Shop and other stores are just 2 miles away up RT 66E. Less than a mile away is the best takeout pizza in the area. Great hiking at the 130-acre Hurd State Park is just 2.2 miles south off of 15, or travel east on 66 and follow the signs to the East Hampton Air Line State Park trailhead – a great path that extends 22 miles to Windham.

Local Entertainment, Theatre & Art:

Mohegan Sun Casino is an easy 32-mile drive, and the award-winning Goodspeed Opera House is 9.5 miles off of Route

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Owner
Sue Weintraub
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
8 December, 2016
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About Sue Weintraub

Your host has had a design/photo business for over 30 years. After many years of producing hi-end full color brochures and catalogs, website design and photography have become my main focus.

For the past 25 years I have lived and worked at Knowles Landing. It's been quite the adventure renovating the Captain's House (Victorian) and the Carriage House.

An avid kayaker, I have competed in equitation and hunter/jumper shows with my Percheron-thoroughbred mare, enjoy organic gardening, building rustic furniture, hiking, and searching for edible mushrooms.

I was born in the Greater Hartford area and graduated from the Boston University School of Public Communication.

Sue Weintraub purchased this estate in 1989

Why Sue Weintraub chose East Hampton

My boyfriend and I stayed at host homes in Capitol Hill in DC and at a former President's estate in Virginia. The experiences exceeded our expectations.

Recently, while watching an eagle soar overhead, I realized Knowles Landing would make the ideal 'Home Away' – what a wonderful opportunity to meet people and embark on a new adventure. Making connections, sharing, enjoying life.

I am sending out the call....looking for good people who love life and nature. Knowles Landing is sure to capture your heart...

What makes this estate unique

The Connecticut River...the fish jumping...eagles soaring....the owl hooting at night...kayaking across the River behind Dart Island to watch the painted turtles and blue heron....or paddling south to stop in East Haddam or at the Blue Oar restaurant on the River for a great meal....the beauty and colorful history of this village...it's all magic!

Add in the proximity of so many gastronomical, cultural, recreational and educational destinations and this location is so perfect.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our group of 10 stayed at this spectacular property for a long Columbus weekend - from rental to departure - we could not ask for more! Our host, Sue, was wonderful with communication - providing suggestions for the area prior to our arrival. She was helpful and accommodating throughout our stay. The house was amazing - offering gorgeous views of the Connecticut River - the pictures did not do the property and home justice as it well exceeded our expectations. The home was comfortable, well appointed and easily accessible to major roadways and attractions. We will definitely return to this gem, hopefully for longer next time!!!
Oct 2014
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

Stunning Riverfront Estate
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
5

VERY NICELY REDONE AND MAINTAINED

  • 5 of 5

SUE IS A VERY NICE,UNDERSTANDING,AND FLEXIBLE PERSON.SHE IS VERY ATTENTIVE TO THE PROPERTY AND GUESTS WHILE ALWAYS MAKING HERSELF AVAILABLE TO ADDRESS ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.

MY WIFE AND I SPENT THE WEEKEND THERE WITH OUR CHILDREN.WE ENJOYED IT IMMENSELY.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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5

Lovely east coast charm!

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our family! Stocked with everything you could want. Super clean and very well cared for. Amazing wrap around porch looking out over the river. Owner had all the lights on for us when we arrived at night and walked us through all the logistics of the house. Definitely will be back!

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous!

  • 5 of 5

The photos don't lie. The house and property were beautiful. We rented the property to attend a wedding and the house and grounds were an excellent place to gather and catch up with one another over the weekend.

Sue is a wonderful hostess, from the fresh flowers throughout the house, immediately responding to a minor shower head problem or supplying life vests for kayaking without delay she handled it all. Thanks so very much.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Our women's group retreat LOVED this property!!

  • 5 of 5

We are a group of seven women who all loved this place! The house is wonderful; historic with modern conveniences, beautifully decorated. The attention to detail was evident everywhere---plenty of supplies--lots of kitchenware---great sheets and pillows and beds---good towels---We had such a great time that we are now trying to find a workable date in the fall to return--so we can use those kayaks and hang out on the porch watching the sunset!! Sue was a fabulous hostess---wonderful service and availability.Thank you!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
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A beautiful, historical victorian home perched above the CT. River with breathetaking views

  • 5 of 5

The property was beautifully welcoming and our hostess, was a remarkable woman.

The breathtaking views of the river greeted us every morning, while the fire pit by the water relaxed us before turning in at night.

Gillette Castle is a wonderful attraction and a terrific place for photos.

We enjoyed a ferry ride across the river and had a fantastic lunch at River Tavern, a quaint restaurant in Chester.

The house is immaculate and has everything imaginable...

Including "Drums," which beckoned us to embrace our hidden, musical talents...

Unfortunately, it would appear, mine are still hidden!

But, the memories of our drum circle and staying at "The Captain's House" at Knowles Landing will last a lifetime.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
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Wonderful place for family gathering!

  • 5 of 5

The house was beyond our expectations! It has so much character and the pictures don't do the space justice. The views of the river were beautiful. A couple of our favorites in the house were the marble fireplaces, local artwork and the hidden passage for the boys in the upstairs closet. Sue was a gracious host and had perfect recommendations for restaurants and activities. It is the perfect house for a family gathering and Sue was extremely responsive with all communication and questions via email. We would highly recommend this rental and hope to return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
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Location

Nearest Airport
32 Miles
Bradley International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.3 Miles
Smokey O'Grady's
Nearest Ferry
14 Miles
Chester Ferry to Hadlyme
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Portland Golf Course
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Middletown Train Station
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Route 9
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
DaVinci's Pizzaria
Nearest Ski
43 Miles
Sundown in New Hartford
Nearest Beach
29 Miles
Old Saybrook Beaches
Car: necessary

Local Entertainment, Theatre & Art:

Mohegan Sun Casino is an easy 32-mile drive, and the award-winning Goodspeed Opera House is 9.5 miles off of Route 151. Be sure to visit nearby Chester with wonderful one-of-a-kind shops, fantastic restaurants, the Norma Terris Theatre and Connecticut’s acclaimed contemporary impressionist artist Leif Nilsson’s Studio – all less than 15 miles away.

Destinations:

Gillette’s Castle and State Park are just 13 miles south in East Haddam. The visitor’s center and tour provides an exceptional view into William Gillette’s inspiring life as an inventor, playwright and actor. In neighboring Portland, check out the Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park – an outdoor adventure sports park with rock climbing, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, cliff jumping, scuba diving and much more!

Kayakers:

For the sports-minded adventurers, you might enjoy paddling down the CT River to the wonderful Blue Oar Restaurant (we can arrange to pick you and the kayaks up at the Blue Oar). Outside waterfront casual dining with a Caribbean flair. It’s BYOB, open 7 days a week through Labor Day for lunch and dinner. You want to plan to paddle down with the current going out. Depending on wind, current, paddle speed and rest stops, it will take you 2 to 3 hours.

Golfers:

Less than 6 miles away is the public 18-hole regulation Portland Golf Course set in the rolling hills of the Connecticut River Valley. Challenging and enjoyable for players of all ages – excellent turf conditions, restaurant, pro shop and friendly staff.

Food Lovers:

Across the River, Middletown boasts 133 restaurants from sushi and Thai to Italian and Mexican. Plan to go to O’Rourke’s Diner, for a special breakfast treat; just over the Middletown-Portland Bridge on the left – get there before 8:30 to avoid the line out the door on weekends.

Local Vineyard:

Priam Vineyards in Colchester, just 10.5 miles from Knowles Landing, offers tours and wine tastings March thru December. Concerts are scheduled every Friday night ($12/ticket).

Wesleyan University Center for the Arts:

Check out Wesleyan's calendar for wonderful concerts, film and dance programs just 8 miles away!

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday estate in Middle Haddam Historic District, Central Connecticut

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
2016 - Autumn-Winter
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£1,211
for 3 nights
From
£338
£2,383
£8,341
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest
 
2017 Winter
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,211
for 3 nights
From
£338
£2,383
£7,745
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest
 
2017 Winter-Spring
1 Feb 2017 - 18 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
£834
for 2 nights
From
£318
£2,185
£7,745
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest
 
2017 Spring-Summer
19 May 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
6 night minimum stay
£2,343
for 6 nights
From
£357
£2,582
£9,334
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£834
for 2 nights
From
£318
£2,185
£7,745
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £397
Cleaning Fee £199

CLEANING FEE is $250

PAYMENT: 50% due in advance; balance due 21 days before Check-in. If you are staying for a week or longer, payment should be made directly to the Owner. Please contact Sue at 860.614.0120 to setup

CANCELLATION POLICY:
50% Refund up until 3 weeks prior to arrival, except for any HomeAway processing fees (2.5% fee charged on US credit card charges)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in Middle Haddam Historic District in Central Connecticut

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 1st Floor Bathroom/Mudroom - Toilet , Washer/dryer is located here as well as supplies
    2nd Floor Master Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Marble bathroom with skylights, 2 sinks
    2nd Floor Guest Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Fun, black-and-white tile bathroom with great tub/shower
    3rd Floor Master Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Jacuzzi, double sinks, skylights, stained glass windows
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 2nd Floor Guest Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , There is a bathroom with tub/shower right next door.
    2nd Floor Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Marble batthroom with shower in this light-filled bedroom.
    3rd Floor Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Bathroom, Jacuzzi, walk-out deck overlooking River-skylights
    Sun Room - 1 Double Bed , Access via 2nd Floor bedroom or den - 180-degree river views
    Library/Bedroom - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , River views, large closet, full bathroom across the hall
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The Connecticut River stretches 407 miles from Canada to Long Island Sound and captivates even the most reserved observer with its beauty. Mohegan Sun Casino is an easy 32-mile drive, and the award-winning Goodspeed Opera House is 9.5 miles off of Route 151. Be sure to visit nearby Chester with wonderful one-of-a-kind shops, fantastic restaurants, the Norma Terris Theatre and Connecticut’s acclaimed contemporary impressionist artist Leif Nilsson’s Studio – all less than 15 miles away. Gillette’s Castle and State Park are just 13 miles south in East Haddam. The visitor’s center and tour provides an exceptional view into William Gillette’s inspiring life as an inventor, playwright and actor. In neighboring Portland, check out the Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park – an outdoor adventure sports park with rock climbing, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, cliff jumping, scuba diving and much more! Middletown boasts 133 restaurants from sushi and Thai to Italian and Mexican.

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