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Idyllic cottage 12 miles Oxford, 5 minutes Blenheim, Cotswolds. Pet friendly.



Updated: 19-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom with courtyard garden. Fast broadband. Stunning setting.

Beautiful stone built barn conversion renovated to a high standard, awarded ****FOUR STAR**** rating by Quality in Tourism Assessment Report. 100% achieved for cleanliness 2017 yet again!

Features include traditional kitchen with original bread oven and copper. There is an oven with new hob with extractor fan over. New work surface lighting. Fridge freezer and another small fridge, washing machine, microwave, slow cooker, use of tumble dryer. New full size dishwasher and enough china, cutlery and glass for 8 guests. We always provide a small amount of washing powder and dishwasher tablets etc., for emergencies.

One double bedroom with ensuite shower room and one twin bedroom with wet room, fully accessible and located on the ground floor. Both shower rooms have electric heated towel rails as well as oil central heating radiators.

Large conservatory/dining room with doors opening onto court yard garden with dining rush seat/ladder back seating and table for 6 persons and a leather sofa bed with other occasional seats. There is a small television and music/radio in the conservatory also.

Upstairs there is a large sitting/television room, fully beamed with one Chesterfield, one two seater sofa, two comfortable leather easy chairs and one Georgian tub chair. There is a small desk with collection of books and cds.

This cottage is ideally situated on a working farm and horse livery yard. Located between Woodstock and Burford on the edge of the Cotswolds, yet only 20 minutes from Oxford. Please note that the farm is 12 miles from Oxford via the A40 which is a very busy road in rush hours and 14 miles from Oxford via A4095, through Bladon and past Yarnton, which is a much quicker route into town.

Well behaved dogs and horses are welcome. From the farm there is a superb network of bridleways and walks. We have a small 1000 year old Church at the bottom of the drive and a 4th century Roman Villa within easy walking distance.

Witney (2 miles) is a market town previously famous for its blankets and now a vibrant shopping centre with many amenities and supermarkets.

****FOUR STAR**** rating: We have a ****FOUR STAR**** rating awarded by the Quality in Tourism Board. Most visitors comment on the comfortability of the beds and the peacefulness of the farm. We want to make your holiday a relaxing and peaceful time for you. Please contact us if there is anything we can do for you to make your stay more pleasant, including shopping etc. We have been virtually fully booked since advertising with holiday-rentals.

Please note:: As we are a working stock farm and horse livery yard we do ask that children and pets are fully supervised at all times. We have many fields and walks on the farm. The sows are farrowing all year, ewes are lambing in the Spring and mares are foaling in the Spring/early Summer. Please do not walk round the back of horses and mind little fingers! For more details of the farm please go to my website at www.fieldfarmoxford.co.uk



Old Bakehouse achieves a Four Star Self-Catering rating and overall sits comfortably within the rating. It

offers comfortable accommodation in a pleasant farm environment.

Externally, the property presents professionally with clear signage and the property benefits from a pretty

walled garden that overlooks the farmyard.

Mrs Colson felt the current rating was working for her.

De-brief taken place with Mrs Colson, proprietor.

Units Seen

Viewed sole unit (1 of 1). Kindly shown round by Mrs Colson.

www.fieldfarmoxford.co.uk, was fifth on page one of Google.

The property’s web site is easy to navigate and contains a very good selection of attractive photographs of the

property that are a true representation of the property. The Access Statement available on the web site as

was the Star rating and logo. Social networking links to broaden web-exposure were in use.


Impeccable standards of cleanliness were noted throughout the accommodation. The bedrooms were

spotless with great care taken in the presentation of all details. The bathrooms were sparkling with fixtures

and fittings highly polished.

The first floor sitting room and the ground floor dining room were also presented to a high standard of

cleanliness as was the kitchen.

The impression gained on arrival was of freshness and cleanliness for which Mrs Colson should be


Public Areas

Very well presented living areas; carefully decorated and furnished very much in keeping with the nature of

the cottage. Leather easy seating was not only practical but enhance the appearance as well. Clean practical

well maintained paint work with attractive use of wall relief adds further interest. Very good quality tiled

flooring in the dining room and carpeting upstairs in equally good condition. Very good provision of occasional

items that included games and books. Well presented solid wood dining table along with well-matched

seating. Thermostatically controlled heating augmented by an electric log effect stove that would be most

welcome in cooler months. Very effective range of lighting offers both practicality and ambience. Very good

spacial aspects for the advertised number of guests.


The bedrooms were of a very good size. The décor was traditional and maintained to a very good standard.

The carpeting was in very good condition. The solid wood furniture was in keeping with the décor and offered

ample storage and hanging space with matching wooden hangers adding to the sense of quality. The beds

were of a very good quality with the mattresses appearing to offer comfort and support. Very good quality bed



The two en suite bathrooms were very well presented with fully tiled walls. The non-slip vinyl floor in one and

the tiled floor in the other finished off the overall presentation. High quality shower in one bathroom and

second benefited from being a wet room. Task lighting was effective and bathrooms were warmed by heated

towel rails. Thought could be given to replacing pull strings, for ease of cleaning, with an alternative such as

old style high level lavatory chain or ball and socket chain with a handle remembering that string at top is

required for insulation or a string of glass beads or hospital quality pull strings.


Very well appointed kitchen continued to present to a high overall standard. Well decorated with effective use

of stainless steel back area. Very good tiled flooring offered an easy to clean surface. Modern units and work

tops offer ample storage and work space with drawers running smoothly. Effective lighting and ventilation.

Very good range of appliances and equipment all in very good order. Plentiful provision of well matched

crockery, glassware and very good weight cutlery items. High quality heavy based stainless steel saucepans

along with very good provision of utensils provided. Very well thought out area allowing for access and use.

Management Efficiency

Bookings are handled by the owner and the property enjoys a high level of business. Guests are welcomed by

the owner and a welcome pack is provided on arrival that includes a tea tray along with home-made cake and

bread, sausages and eggs from the farm, and fresh fruit and flowers with toiletries and general cleaning


Guest information files are well presented and provide useful information on the surrounding area, appliances

manuals, maps and information sheets are all included for guests.

Potential for Improvement

Thought could be given to replacing pull strings in bathroom, for ease of cleaning, with an alternative.

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About the Owner

Mrs Pat Colson
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, A little French and Spanish
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19 April, 2017

About Mrs Pat Colson

I was actually born in Cowbridge, South Wales, but my parents moved to the Cotswolds to farm when I was 3 months old. I have lived in this area on farms ever since!

Mrs Pat Colson purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Mrs Pat Colson chose Oxfordshire

We bought this small farm 11 years ago, as we wanted to downsize and concentrate on stock farming and breeding rare-breed pigs and Welsh Ponies. We also have commercial sheep and cattle. The Old Bakehouse was a disused barn next to the main farmhouse which housed the bread oven and washing copper. We converted it 12 years ago into a holiday cottage and it has been fully booked ever since! We have many regulars stay with us.

What makes this cottage unique

Field Farm is a unique farm in the traditional manner. It has lovely old listed barns, stone walls and acres of old permanent grasslands with no corn in sight. The rolling hills descend into a beautiful wetland with stream and young woodland, a breeding ground for snipe, barn owls and other lovely wild birds.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our guest book is full of lovely compliments. Many thanks to all of you who have written in it.
Nov 2007
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Our guest book is full of lovely compliments. Many thanks to all of you who have written in it.
Nov 2007
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33 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(33 traveller reviews)


Lovely cottage, adorable NEIGH-bours

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was so comfortable, the owners were really nice and the location perfect for shorter and longer strolls through the beautiful countryside. It was hilarious to be greeted by our four-legged neighbours every morning: faces of adorable horses were the first thing to see when we looked out from the conservatory windows. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much to the Kovanen family for your lovely review of The Old Bakehouse at Field Farm. It is the first time in over 10 years that we have welcomed guests from Finland and what a pleasure! You were so keen to walk everywhere, my husband and I were very impressed! I love your review quoting your adorable "neigh-bours"!! You have just missed the piglets - we have 7 large litters of Oxford Sandy and Blacks now born and there are two very naughty little piglets that escape and roam around the yard looking for trouble! I think you would have liked them!! Maybe we shall see you again one day. Many thanks again. Pat
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A lovely long weekend in the cosy Old Bakehouse.

  • 4 of 5

The setting was fantastic with views of the stables and horses from the conservatory windows. The property was well equipped (especially the kitchen) and clean, including all the facilities described on the website. We received a warm welcome with tea, coffee and cake! Pat was very friendly and helpful during booking and paying for the rental. The property was the perfect size for a few days away. Features including exposed beams, stonework and old bread ovens made the property feel that little bit more special.

We enjoyed exploring the farm and village church, local Roman Villa, and trips into Oxford (about 30 mins drive by car - a little longer than described on the website).

Definitely recommend this!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Abbey for taking the time to write a review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay here at Field Farm. I am sorry that it took longer for you to drive into Oxford. To Oxford via the A40 is 12 miles (and does get very congested due to amount of traffic and roadworks) and via the A4095, through Bladon and past Yarnton is 14 miles. We personally always go into Oxford via the A4095 and although 2 miles longer, is significally less time consuming and when I used to go up to the John Radcliffe once a week, always took around 20 minutes. I think a lot depends on the time of travelling as well. A good alternative for our guests is to use the train from Long Hanborough (next village). The journey time is 10 minutes straight into Oxford station. We also have a good regular bus service from North Leigh into Oxford but that does take much longer as the route invariably goes around the local villages. Thank you for bringing up this point about journey times and we hope you have a lovely Easter. Kind regards, Pat
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Perfect Cottage with a Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

The Old Bakehouse is warm, cozy, well equipped, and perfectly located. The friendly owners were available to answer any questions or to solve any problems. We enjoyed the serenity of the location, while still being close to public footpaths, groceries, and National Trust properties. We would recommend this property highly.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Janice for taking the time for writing a review. It was so interesting meeting you and your husband and the 4 weeks that you stayed here at Field Farm seemed to fly by. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that you felt the cottage was in a good location to enjoy all the local areas of interest including National Trust properties. I am going to email you with some parts of Wales that we have enjoyed over the years and hopefully you will be able to plan another trip in the future. Hopefully see you again one day. Pat
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Fantastic find

  • 5 of 5

We had a very warm welcome with home made cake waiting for us in the kitchen! Cottage was spotlessly clean and fully equipped with everything you would need. Well placed for plenty of places to visit. Would recommend

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Louise for taking the time to post a review for the Old Bakehouse at Field Farm. I am so pleased you enjoyed yourselves and glad that you found the cottage clean and in a good position to explore the surrounding areas of interest. Just to let you know that Hetty the Oxford Sandy and Black sow has now recovered from her post natal depression and she and her 11 babies are doing well! Iris, the sow next door, has still not delivered her piglets!!! Hopefully see you again one day. Kind regards, Pat.
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Wonderful Holiday in the Cotswolds

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at the cottage to a lovely warm welcome from Peter and Pat, a wonderful cake and milk for our tea also awaited our arrival. The location was so idyllic , we felt so fortunate to be staying in such a beautiful part of the world. We were able to visit so many lovely places nearby during the day , whilst looking forward to spending some time at 'our' lovely cottage when we got back. It was so quiet in the evening , we were able to enjoy our time together and relax with all the amenities we could have wished for at our disposal. When we got up each morning we were greeted by our lovely new friends (the horses) and other animals around the farm . There were a few tears when saying goodbye to all the animals at the end of our stay! We couldn't have wished for a better place to stay , we have lovely memories of our time together. Thank you Pat and Peter, we hope we can stay again sometime in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Neil, it was a pleasure to welcome you and your family to the Old Bakehouse. It is such a pleasure to have guests stay with us that appreciate all the horses, animals etc. Thank you for staying with us and hopefully we shall see you again one day!
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Absolute Perfection

  • 5 of 5

As with most of our trip, I got us all horribly lost and Pat and Gary were so patient even driving out to meet us and guide us to the farm. The Bakehouse is clean, comfortable, well equipped and just wonderful for a short or extended stay. We stayed a week.

The beds are super comfortable and my one 13 year old daughter renamed the loft the "Teen Cave" because it had comfortable furniture, a large flat screen and wasthe perfect place for she and her sister to hang out. Water pressure and availability of hot water is fantastic and the kitchen has everything you need for making meals.

Witney is a short drive and has every store imaginable including 2 large supermarkets. I highly recommend Waitrose for its selection of foods over Sainsburys. If you love animals yo will love this farm with its geese, horses, sheep and dogs. The main thing though that makes this property as great as it is are Pat and Gary. We had an issue where one of our party (most likely my daughter) lost the only new key to the patio doors. Pat was so gracious and forgiving and managed to find an old key to make the doors open.

I would highly recommend this property to anyone especially those wanting a quiet break from hectic touring or just a stay in an idyllic setting. Thank you Pat and Gary.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Maddie so much for taking the trouble to write a review. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you, your sister and daughters. You have made me laugh so much, my husband is called Peter and you have thought of him as Gary! I thought you were so brave flying over from USA to Iceland and then driving down from Scotland, Cumbria, North England and down to the Cotswolds, then staying in London for a couple of nights, and then driving around Europe. I often think of you and hope you did not get lost in Italy! It was a pleasure meeting you and have a nice rest this Winter. Happy Christmas! xx Pat PS If you are ever in the vicinity again please call in for a catch up. It would be so interesting! xx
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From the Owner

We bought this small farm 11 years ago, as we wanted to downsize and concentrate on stock farming and breeding rare-breed pigs and Welsh Ponies. We also have commercial sheep and cattle. The Old Bakehouse was a disused barn next to the main farmhouse which housed the bread oven and washing copper. We converted it 12 years ago into a holiday cottage and it has been fully booked ever since! We have many regulars stay with us.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Heathrow at 60 Miles Nearest Barpub : Local village at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Southampton at 100 Miles Nearest Golf : Witney, Burford, Lynham at 4 Miles Nearest Train : Oxford, Long Hanborough or Charlbury at 2 Miles Nearest Motorway : M40 at 8 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Ramsden, Barnard's Gate, Long Hanborough,Finstock at 2 Miles Nearest Ski : Milton Keynes Snow Zone at 50 Miles Nearest Beach : Weston-super-Mare at 90 Miles Car: necessary

The farm is situated down a private half mile tarmac drive across rolling green fields filled with horses, sheep and cattle, on the outskirts of North Leigh village, on the edge of the Cotswolds. North Leigh is situated approx. 2 miles from Witney the local market town. Woodstock and Blenheim Palace are approximately four miles away. Stunningly beautiful Burford is within easy reach (15 minutes drive). Oxford is a twenty minutes drive. The nearest train stations are Charlbury and Long Hanborough - a few minutes drive. Oxford train station is 20 minutes away and

Central London is a maximum 2 hours away by road.

All Cotswold attractions are within a 45 minutes drive including Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton, beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water, the Swells and Stratford-upon-Avon. Warwick Castle is not much further. That is the beauty of this cottage; we are central for the Cotswolds but also very near to Oxford, the motorway network, Cheltenham Spa and central London. Paddington station is an hour by train from Long Hanborough.

There is a plethora of historical sites, beautiful gardens, fabulous houses to visit in the near locality and for the children the Cotswold Wildlife Park is only 15 minutes away and the Cotswold Water Park is not far away near Cirencester.

Other Activities: Bird watching and many local historical sites to visit. There are also a wide variety of excellent pubs/restaurants for dining out within easy reach - The Plough at Finstock, The Royal Oak at Ramsden and the George and Dragon at Long Hanborough to name a few.

Golf: There are many local golf courses. We have had many golfers stay with us.

Please look at my facebook page for up-to-date pub/restaurants and their menus and for events happening at Blenheim Palace and other Oxfordshire attractions. Go into my facebook page via my website at www.fieldfarmoxford.co.uk.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid-season/late Spring
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season/Early summer
27 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season/Summer
17 Jun 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season/Autumn
16 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season
28 Oct 2017 - 18 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
20 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year
28 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
4 Jan 2018 - 3 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Spring
4 Mar 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Please contact me for negotiable short break rates. A three night low season booking is £360 and three night mid season booking is £425 for 4 persons or less. I usually ask for a 10% deposit to secure the property and the balance may be paid by Bank Transfer, cheque or cash. I am afraid I am unable to accept cards. I require that all guests complete my booking form which is attached via email or homeaway platform.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Field Farm is a unique farm in the traditional manner. It has lovely old listed barns, stone walls and acres of old permanent grasslands with no corn in sight. The rolling hills descend into a beautiful wetland with stream and young woodland, a breeding ground for snipe, barn owls and other lovely wild birds.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, bathroom 2 is a wet room with rails and a seat
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Toilet, shower enclosure and basin with shaver point
  • Both en-suite shower rooms have power showers with unlimited hot water. The double room en-suite has a shower enclosure, basin with light and large mirror over with a shaver point and wc. The floor is attractively tiled throughout. The twin wet room en-suite has a seat with rails under the super power shower, wc with rails, and basin and large mirror over. Both bathrooms have ceiling spot lights and oil radiators with towel rails over. We have also added additional electric towel rails for when the oil central heating is turned off in the Summer months.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, There is space for a cot in this room.
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon, There is a sofa bed in the conservatory
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • 1 double, 1 twin, both ground-floor and both en-suite. There is a sofa bed in the conservatory.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Conservatory
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • The cottage has two bedrooms, one double ensuite and one twin ensuite. However the conservatory has a leather sofa bed. We also can provide a put-you-up bed which can go into the twin room providing beds for three children. Please note that there are only two bathrooms which are only accessible through the two bedrooms. The cot usually goes into the double room which has an area ideally suited for it. The kitchen has been thoughtfully modernised. There are plenty of attractive built in cupboards, granite effect work surface surrounding a hob with stainless steel extractor fan and oven. It also has the magnificent fireplace with lovely beams with the copper to one side where in the past the clothes were washed and the large bread oven to the other side. The Old Bakehouse has been tastefully modernised and comfortably furnished while still retaining the original character and charm you would expect from a traditional 18th century building.

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