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Mougins luxury 3 bedroom villa with private heated pool in secluded gardens

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 2,260 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Superb accommodation with wonderful views within walking distance of the village

VILLA OLEANDER is a luxury villa with 3 bedrooms (all with en suite bathrooms) in Mougins, sleeping 6-7.

Set within a mature, south-facing Mediterranean garden with breath-taking views over the Old Village (15 mins walk) and the Bay of Cannes.

Just 20 minutes from Nice Airport and 6km from Cannes.

The accommodation is arranged over two levels. At ground level we have an open plan kitchen, living room and dining room, and also the first master bedroom from which French doors open out to a large terrace linking to the living areas. Upstairs there is a second master bedroom with two private balconies, and also a third double bedroom.

It is air-conditioned throughout.

There is a separate laundry room and also a well equipped games room.

The terraced gardens are beautifully secluded and landscaped including a private heated swimming pool, pool house and full sized boules court.

The views from the house and gardens to the Old Village with the Mediterranean Sea and the Esterel Mountains in the background are truly stunning.

It is this wonderful view that has defined the standard for which we have tried to follow in all that we have done at the villa. ===============================================================

The villa has undergone complete renovation under our ownership.

A Chelsea Flower Showing and Tatton Park gold medal winning team of design and landscapers came over and redesigned, extended and rebuilt the sun and pool terracing. The pool has been retiled and heating added. The pool has a safety alarm.

By the pool there is an outdoor shower and a pool house (equipped with WiFi, drinks fridge, sink, music player and seating). The pool house and adjacent area get late sunshine and is wonderfully sheltered making sunbathing still possible in cooler months.

We have a large decked area with a viewing gallery overlooking the boules court for the non-players. The inspiration for the deck is our fabulous palm tree, which makes it the perfect place for relaxing in dappled sunshine on our outdoor lounge furniture.

The landscaping team created an area by the boules court to enjoy a game of outdoor table tennis amongst other games. They also added new flowerbeds and linking paths, completing the look with a formal garden in the top corner featuring a semi circular teak bench. This is a perfect area for a quiet moment or coffee and newspapers in the morning sun.

The pool and garden are beautifully lit at night time and all these areas can be viewed from a large terrace which wraps around the house where we have an outdoor dining table adjacent to our climbing bougainvillea. There is a patio heater for cooler months and a choice of gas or conventional charcoal Weber barbeques. Dining here on the terrace with the sun going down and the lights coming on in Mougins Village is always a delight.

There is high hedging on all sides for excellent privacy.

The villa has private parking for 3 cars and is secured by remote controlled electric gates. ===============================================================

Children are very welcome at Villa Oleander and we have plastic boules for the boules court and plenty of inflatables for the heated pool. The children (and young at heart adults!) will enjoy the renovation of our games room, featuring a slate bed pool table and lounge area with large flatscreen TV and Xbox One S games console and seating area for books and board games. ===============================================================


We have had the pleasure of receiving guests at Villa Oleander for over 10 years now, and if ever a guest has made a suggestion of something they have been short of, then we now provide it.


For your comfort

We would like to think that we have provided everything for an extremely comfortable stay. Such as;

- air conditioning and heating

- wood burning stove

- high quality mattresses and bedding

- dressing gowns

- slippers

- powerful hair driers

- Egyptian cotton towels

- pool towels

- room fragrances and pillow mist

- soaps and hand wash of the region

so you only need pack your personal items!

The villa is cleaned mid week and end of week, and the laundry is changed once a week.


For your enjoyment

When not relaxing in the sun or exploring our stunning region, Villa Oleander's facilities include;

- outdoor, private and secluded pool (heating optional)

- outdoor table tennis

- full size boules court

- games room equipped with

* slate bedded pool table

* 42" flatscreen TV

* DVD library

* Xbox One S games console and games library

* board games

- broadband WiFi

- Sky HD T.V. including sports channels

- DVD player

- in house iPad for internet access and preloaded with information pack and activity suggestions

- iPod docks and Bluetooth (including outdoor) music players

- Spotify subscription

never a dull moment!


For your convenience

Everything that we use when we are at the villa, is also at our guests disposal.

The house is well stocked with all the usual small items. From kitchen roll to kitchen foil and beach bags to umbrellas.

The kitchen is very well appointed, including;

- Lacanche cooker

- Le Creuset pans

- microwave

- coffee machine

- dishwasher

- fridge/ freezer

- toaster and kettle

- smoothie maker

And also we have;

- laundry room with washer/drier and iron/ironing board

- Weber barbecues - charcoal and gas

- outdoor heater

- high chair and cot available

- extra bed for small children

- international electrical adapters

so the supermarket trip is simplified to just great food and wine!


For your information

We will send you a comprehensive information pack including user guides, restaurants and shopping guides, suggestions for days out, opening hours and even the rules of boules! This is duplicated in a folder in the villa and on the in house iPad.


For your peace of mind

When booking, you will receive a personal service dealing only with the owners.

When at Villa Oleander you will be looked after by our trusted team.

Our housekeeper is just a phone call away throughout your stay.

There are no extra costs (other than optional extra of €100 per week for pool heating), and there are no agent fees.


Recognition: AS FEATURED in `SHE` MAGAZINE! (July 2008), `BELLA` (Feb 2009), `LIVING ABROAD` (Aug 2010) and also listed in HOLIDAY RENTALS very own `Top 10 Villas with Pools in Europe.` ===============================================================

More Details

Property Manager
Alastair Walmsley
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 August, 2018

About Alastair Walmsley

Hi! I`m Alastair. My wife, Sue, and I bought Villa Oleander in Mougins with Paul and his wife, Leony, in 2007. I have known Paul since I was 4 years old, and he and I manage all the issues involved in renting our villa out to others. I am a chartered accountant and he is a general dental practitioner.

Alastair Walmsley purchased this villa in 2007

Why Alastair Walmsley chose Mougins

We wanted to find a location and villa that we would never tire of revisiting. That location had to be the South of France because of its year round appeal - there is so much more to do than just sunbathe. Mougins, I think, has the perfect location on the Riviera - centrally placed for Monaco, Cannes, St Tropez and everywhere in between. Our villa feels like it is in the heart of Provence, yet it is only 10 minutes from the Med and 20 minutes from Nice International Airport. Oh, and it just happens to have a picture perfect medieval village famed for its excellent restaurants! Not to mention the golf courses!

What makes this villa unique

Equally, Villa Oleander has the perfect position in Mougins. It is within easy walking distance of the Old Village yet perched up to have the perfect view over the village with the Mediterranean Sea in the background and the Esterel mountains to the west. All the main rooms open to this south facing view, and there is nothing quite like watching the sun going down and the village light up at night whilst drinking a glass of wine on the balcony. I will gladly email a panoramic picture of our view - it really is exceptional! We are very proud of our villa and love to stay there with our families, but take pleasure from the fact that when we can`t be there, others are enjoying it too. I am more than happy to chat with anyone who thinks they may be interested in staying there.

Guestbook comments from the manager

It was our son Frederik who wanted to go to cote d'Azur for holiday as he loves France, and this not only because he has a French girlfriend. He got the task to look for a house to rent by internet and he found.....Villa Oleander in Mougins! The presentation of Villa Oleander in the internet was really good but what we saw when we went there for the first time was even much more than we expected. It is a marvellous place and it was perfect for our family holiday. The view over Mougins and the hills as far as to the sea is spectacular and at any time of the day really brilliant. You are nearby to the great places of Cannes, Nice and Monaco and to all the other lovely villages in the region. There is so much you can do in this region: strolling along the market of Valbonne, eating great seafood by Brune in Cannes, relaxing in the sun in one of the beach clubs, and so on and on.....But also just staying at the Villa will guarantee you a perfect day because it offers everything you need: the swimming pool area is great ,the pool-house with refrigerator guaranties cold wine at any time without moving and the sitting area under the big palm is a good place for reading or having a break from the sun. The little terrace in front of the sleeping room upstairs is the best place to start in the day with a cup of coffee and a croissant in the morning. At the terrace in front of the living room we spent lovely evenings having dinner and having interesting discussions by candlelight with our children. Villa Oleander not only offers you everything you need for a perfect holiday in a house. It is furthermore the spirit of the house which makes you feel that everything to the smallest detail is arranged with enthusiasm and love. We all hope to come back to Villa Oleander one time.......

(review posted on
Aug 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the Mougins around the Alpes-Maritimes

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2260 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • village
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
    Pool house - Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The elegant bathrooms feature high quality units (for example, Villeroy & Boch). Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom. Bathroom 1 has an oversized bath for luxurious bathing, and a walk in shower. Bathroom 2 has a walk in shower. Bathroom 3 has a shower cubicle and a bidet. Separate downstairs guest toilet facilities.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , (can be made up as either a double or 2 singles)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • The upstairs master bedroom has an en suite bathroom and French doors opening onto two private balconies with superb views across to Mougins village and beyond to the Mediterranean Sea. It has a breakfasting table on the east facing balcony to catch the morning sun. Also upstairs is a further double bedroom, again with en suite bathroom. Adjacent to this bedroom there is a charming private dressing room. The ground level master bedroom also has an en suite bathroom, again with French doors which open straight out onto the terrace overlooking the pool and gardens. This room can be made up either as a double or 2 singles. A high quality sofa bed can be made up in the living room as an additional double bed, allowing us to accommodate any arrangement of friends or family. There is plenty of space for a cot in either of the two master bedrooms. We also have a fold away child bed. A cot and high chair can be provided.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • ski
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
In addition to our heated swimming pool, outdoor table tennis table and boules court, we also have a well equipped games room, featuring a slate bedded pool table and lounge area which has a large flatscreen T.V. with Xbox 360 games console (with Kinect and DVD player) and seating area for books and board games. We would like to think that we have provided everything to make your stay comfortable- such as quality beds and bedding, Egyptian cotton towels, bathrobes and slippers, good quality hair driers, iPod docking speakers, well equipped kitchen including Lacanche cooker, Le Creuset pans and coffee machine. We have Sky HD T.V. including sports channels. We also provide an in house iPad which is loaded with suggestions for days out. And the helpful extras, from beach bag to shopping bags, from comprehensive information pack (restaurant guide, opening hours, bus timetable, map etc.) to the rules of boules! Looking forward to hearing from you. Alastair, Sue, Paul and Leony


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Mougins luxury 3 bedroom villa with private heated pool in secluded gardens
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

Absolutely stunning retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderfully appointed villa retreat. Emma, the property manager, greeted us and helped us settle into the property after a chaotic and delayed day of travel. The villa and grounds are beautiful and private. It was a wonderful escape! A group of 7 of us, we found that there was enough space for alone time but enough room for us to gather together. The pool was perfect. It was the perfect spot from which to explore Mougins and all the Côte d’Azur has to offer. Everything was clean and well appointed. The owners were wonderful to work with. We highly recommend this villa and look forward to a return visit!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kristin for the lovely words. It was a privilege to host your family all the way from Oregon. We would be delighted to have you stay again the next time you’re in Europe. Alastair, Sue, Paul and Leony
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A quality villa in an idyllic location.

  • 5 of 5

We were returning guest to this beautiful villa. As a small group of very fussy travellers we were pleased to see that Villa Oleander continues to impress.

Beautifully maintained pool and gardens and a view from the terrace across to Moujin that is unmatched in the area. Serenity within easy reach of some of the most noted restaurants in the area.

You may not want to leave!

We will certainly return.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Geraldine and Shelagh. Thanks for the super review - I'll pass on your compliments to Patrick our gardener. It's always a joy to have repeat guests.....keep coming back! Alastair, Sue, Paul and Leony
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Great location and awsome view

  • 5 of 5

The listing and photos were very accurate, but nothing can do justice to the view across the valley except being there. The house is very nice with a magical MBR with French doors in 2 directions. The house is also very well located near with easy access to Cannes and to the north. Dinner on the terrace off the LR/kitchen is worth the trip alone. The owners and local management made everything easy. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jeremy, glad you enjoyed Villa Oleander so much. I try hard with the photos but you're right, you have to be there to appreciate "the best view in Mougins". The best I've been able to do is with the video which I've just updated (scroll along past the last photo at the top of the listing). Alastair, Sue, Paul and Leony
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What a villa!

  • 5 of 5

We had the good fortune to stay at the villa for 6 nights in early July 2017. Our stay was very last minute, but Alastair responded to my request very quickly and was terrific about making sure everything was ready for us the same day! The house manager Emma was very responsive, and checked in with us en route to the villa to ensure that the begs were configured for our family. It was such a great surprise to have "the essentials" there for us upon arrival- milk, cheese, bread, fruit, juice, etc. Emma provided us with restaurant and beach suggestions, and the villa guide also contained a lot of great info on the area. I can't say enough about Emma's care throughout our stay- she's a gem!

The villa is really amazing, and the photos don't do it justice. They've really thought of everything. The beds were comfy, air conditioning in every room, robes and pool towels were provided. The pool house has a mini fridge and sink, and there are Bluetooth speakers in the house and pool house. The pool was fantastic! We used it everyday, and there are zero gravity loungers as well as more traditional ones to choose from. Our boys enjoyed playing table tennis and using the pool table. The kitchen is well equipped and we ended up cooking more than planned. It was just so relaxing to sit on the terrace and look at Mougins and the med in the distance. We were quite happy with the location as it was close enough to go see sights in the area, but allowed us to stay in a calm and peaceful setting. We've been fortunate to stay in many vacation rentals around the world, and this really has to be about the best one we've found! I would highly recommend this villa to anyone!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Gina for such a comprehensive review. Did you say "best vacation rental in the world"? Can I quote that! But seriously, it is a great responsibility to host people's precious holiday time, and I'm delighted that you approve of what we're doing. Do come back and enjoy more of the fabulous restaurants next time. Alastair, Sue, Paul and Leony
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Wonderful again!

  • 5 of 5

We last stayed at Villa Oleander 2 years ago and we were very excited to be coming back. As before, the garden and pool area beautifully maintained - but I must congratulate the owners on the interior “makeover” which is gorgeous. Lots of little extra touches that make the difference and Emma, the new manager, is a real find as well. Villa Oleander has all the comforts of “home” but set up very much with guests in mind.

Dinner at Paloma was a highlight.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Genevieve and Alastair. Thanks for the kind review and glad you liked the changes. It was lovely to have had the opportunity to meet you in person as well. We had a nice sunny week for the golf and also managed to squeeze in a lunch at Paloma - perfect! Alastair, Sue, Paul and Leony
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Stunning Villa

  • 5 of 5

The most beautiful villa with breathtaking view of Mougins. The owners are extremely helpful and we have just spent the most fantastic week here in a fabulous location. Not often are expectations surpassed but they were here.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jane for these lovely words and thanks for taking good care of the villa. You're all welcome back any time. Alastair, Sue, Paul and Leony
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nice International
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Kilometres
Let It Be
Nearest Golf
1.5 Kilometres
The Golf Country Club de Cannes-Mougins
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Kilometres
restaurants from
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Gréolières Les Neiges
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Our villa is in the picture-postcard, 11th century, medieval village of Mougins, famous in the French Riviera for its superb restaurants, art galleries and surrounding golf courses.

Thanks to excellent road links, it is only 20 minutes from Nice Airport, yet retains its peaceful village charm. And whilst only 6km from Cannes and the Mediterranean Sea, it has the feel of being in the Provence countryside.

Mougins is centrally placed to explore the Cote d`Azur highlights of St Tropez, Cannes, Antibes, Nice and Monaco, not to mention the charming neighbouring villages of Grasse, Valbonne, St Paul de Vence, and Biot to name just a few close to our villa. We are also close enough to day trip to Menton and the Italian border, Aix-en-Provence, the magnificent Gorges du Verdon, and the less touristy villages of the Northern Var and Gorges du Loup.

Our in house iPad is full of suggestions for days out.

(see our Pinterest pages for ideas;

Mougins is also home to the 427 hectare National Parc de La Valmasque and Lake Fontemerle, giving it a semi rural feel.

At a height of 260 metres, Mougins is beautifully maintained, its winding pedestrian streets filled with art galleries and over a dozen excellent restaurants. Pablo Picasso chose to spend his last 12 years here and his studio was in the Old Village in a building that is now the tourist office. Other famous people that have chosen Mougins to live include Fernand Léger, Jean Cocteau, Yves Saint Laurent, Winston Churchill, Édith Piaf. The michelin starred Moulin de Mougins and the 5 star Mas Candille have cemented Mougins` reputation. Alain Ducasse and Roger Vergé have managed restaurants in the village and now famous chef, Denis Fetisson, owns two of our many wonderful restaurants.

Mougins is fortunate to have the excellent Musée de la Photographie, Musée d`Art Classique, and each year hosts the International Gastronomy Festival of Mougins in September.



There are a dozen golf courses within 45 minutes of Mougins and within 5km of the villa there are three excellent courses which can compete with anything in Europe.

There are courses to suit all budgets.

The closest course to the villa (5 minutes' drive) and one of the best around, is Cannes Mougins, which has hosted European Tour events 14 times with winners including the late, great Seve Ballesteros. Green fees are €100- €120 per round and it is worth every cent!

Just the other side of the village is Royal Mougins, which is a very exclusive golf club with a course to match. Fees are €150-€175, but be sure to book well in advance as the club only allows limited numbers of non-members per day.

Only a ten minute drive from the villa, is Saint Donat, on the road between Mouans Sartoux and Grasse. The green fees are only €79 which is fantastic value for money. The course is not long, but intricate and testing; it always seems to be in great condition. Others a little further away but well worth a mention include the famous Four Seasons golf resort of Terre Blanche, which has two championship standard courses; le Riou is the shorter, but tighter; le Château is over 7,000 yards and is a true test for any standard of player.

Also Château de Taulane, beyond Grasse into the mountains- a stunning Gary Player designed course (green fees are €100 per round), and then Monte Carlo golf club- set high above the principality of Monaco with the most breathtaking views of the area.


We have a short video of a typical day at Villa Oleander.

(this can also be viewed within this page)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa around the Mougins,

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 Jan 2019 - 12 Apr 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
13 Apr 2019 - 10 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
11 May 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
31 Aug 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £888.2

Outside the low season, bookings are taken Saturday to Saturday.
Prices include a mid week and an end of week cleaning, and all linen which is changed weekly. Pool towels, bathrobes and slippers are provided. Complimentary WiFi.
Pool heating is optional at €100 per week.
We have an excellent property management team, who will meet you on arrival and be available to you at any time if required.
Additional maid service, if desired, can be paid for locally.
Babysitting, grocery shopping, chef services, airport transfers and yacht charters can be arranged. Even yoga or massage by the pool!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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