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Bright and Sunny, Holiday Villa with Heated Pool, Secluded and very Private



Updated: 18-Oct-2016
Near Moncarapacho in Country setting with Seaview - Tourism Register 148 / AL

Villa Monte Fava is a perfect holiday getaway to relax and unwind under unpolluted blue skies with all year around sunshine. It is set in a secluded, off the beaten track very private and peaceful country location, all around views of natural shrub land plus mountain and a sea views.

A secure rural area with local village markets, festivals and affordable restaurants from 3 Km away. The offshore islands beckon with endless, uncrowded and sun-drenched beaches, easily accessed by either water taxis or small ferries docking below in Olhao or Fuseta, only 8 minutes away.

This exceptional villa was built new in traditional Algarve style. It is open plan, with all rooms having their own patio door access to the pool all on one level affording an idyllic indoor/outdoor life style to unwind and soak up the sun.

The easy access to the A22 motorway allows all Algarve’s appealing entertainments, sport activities and even Spain to be very accessible, all within a 30minute drive.


The villa offers a spacious open plan lounge/dining area with scatter rugs on local terracotta floors, all leading onto a veranda and pool area on one level.

There is free Wi Fi Internet, Satellite TV with free view BBC/SKY, CNN etc., DVD, CD, Hi Fi, a classic guitar is available on request. Log fireplace, ceiling fans, mosquito screens all round plus selection of books and games and a convenient wine bar available on an honesty basis.

A free for local calls Mobile phone to remain in contact with owner management, also ideal take along mobile for handy standby advice to make sure guests have a care free holiday

The two bedrooms accommodate 4 adults, plus a teenager on a fold out bed and a child in a cot. A highchair is also provided if required. Both bedrooms are ensuite and are very private, situated at opposite ends of the living area, each with own direct patio door access to the pool. They both have climate control air conditioning plus ceiling fans. The main bedroom has a king size bed and the guest bedroom has twin beds, all with quality posturepedic mattresses. All beds have freshly ironed cotton bed linen.

The two bathrooms are both ensuite and are fully equipped with crisp sundried cotton towels, hairdryer, shower caps and all the usual expendables and there is unlimited hot water. The main ensuite has a washbasin, shower and toilet, while the second has a washbasin, bath/shower, toilet and bidet.

There is a modern fully equipped kitchen with granite tops. Appliances include a fridge/freezer, gas hob, electric fan oven, extractor fan, microwave, coffee machine, toaster, food mixer, juicer etc. A separate scullery/laundry with double sink, dishwasher, washing machine and steam iron, all fully stocked. A beach picnic cool-box is available for your convenience.

There is a large garage/games room below with table tennis, a dartboard and a variety of games, toys and beach gear etc.


A very private medium sized pool with no overlooking houses, pool is “L” shaped surface area of 24sqm ranging 1.2mts to 1.9mts deep and heated by a large solar installation.

Two very spacious sundecks, sun lounger’s umbrellas, tables and chairs for alfresco dining. The west facing sundeck with barbeque is perfect for lazing with sun downers while soaking up the spectacular sunsets.

From the automated entrance gate a pebble driveway leads around to a large shady and secure parking, convenient for handicapped visitors to negotiate the garden, house, pool terraces all on one level free of ramps and riser steps.

A large mature garden with palm trees grass lawns for the children to romp around and some very old oak, olive and carob trees.


The preferred changeover is Thursday but we are flexible whenever dates fit in reasonably with other bookings. To allow for cleaning please vacate by 10am on the day of departure. Occupation on arrival is 2pm, however whenever possible we gladly adjust for earlier or later flights times.


A weekly combined pool and house cleaning service, a full change of linen, fresh cotton bath towels and also pool/beach towels are provided.

The villa is maintained with most usual household expendables all-inclusive at no extra cost. A welcome pack of wine, beer and some fridge essentials is provided to set your holiday off to a good start.


The villa is owner managed, they have over 13 years’ experience in renting their holiday properties. Their guest´s PRIVACY, SAFETY, SECURITY and wellbeing is most important to them and knowing holidays are the most precious times of all, special care is taken to ensure a care free holiday.


Our guest´s privacy being paramount we securely fenced the perimeter of our secluded 3500meters of private land and the entrance gate is fully automated.

Nobody, neither staff or management may enter the property without prior consent from the guests in residence.


Being an approved and licensed holiday property the villa is inspected and conforms to the comfort and safety standards such as:

Power failure warnings plus emergency lighting facility / Gas and Smoke detector alarms in the kitchen area / Strategically placed 2 category Fire Extinguishers plus Fire blanket and luminous Exit signs / First Aid Kit cupboard visible and wall mounted, to which we add extra anti-histamine tablets and creams to instantly reduce discomfort from stings and bites.


With rising unemployment unfortunately nicking to survive is on the increase and to prevent unpleasant break-in intrusions spoiling our guest’s holidays, we have taken pre-emptive action at all our villas by installing a top of the range, easy to operate Securitas Direct Alarm system with added external perimeter and internal intrusion sensor deterrents for the protection of your property whilst you are out and away from your villa.

Conveniently this alarm system also offers EXTRA PEACE OF MIND for emergency instant reaction as it is directly linked via GPS to Police Villa Vigilance Service / The Fire Brigade / Emergency Ambulance with Paramedic Service / Plus a mere touch of a button away from National Emergency Service 112 attention, all of whom readily speak English.


Villa Monte Fava P310 is managed as a holiday villa by the owners, a retired couple from South Africa who have lived in the Algarve for many years. They have another 2 holiday properties completely private with own pool, please refer to Villa Monte Mar P6170 also cottage Ninho do Amor P1766

All 3 properties are approved and licensed for holiday letting. The owners love the Algarve and, knowing holidays are precious to us all, they are keen to furnish more information or advice so that you may make a happy choice and maybe return year after year.

They speak English, German and Zulu, some Portuguese and follow Flemish/Dutch.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

As a young family we had a very happy 20 years of trading in the remote Zulu Kingdom of South Africa.

On being politically displaced in 1980 we retired early to the North Coast of Durban and another 15 years of “part time farming” our Beef Ranch in remote northern Natal.

Having more leisure time, we toured extensively and whilst in Europe we fell in love with the Algarve and promptly acquired a holiday villa, which inevitably in 1995 became our permanent home.

Having acquired more holiday villas to rent out we now enjoy meeting guests from around the world, many of whom are now our dearest friends.

Annually we visit our families in the southern summers of South Africa and Australia and returning home to enjoy and love the Algarve even more

Call Owner
Speaks English, German
Karl Engelbrecht
Karl Engelbrecht
Casa Lami, Alcaria Cova
8005 - 405 ESTOI Faro Algarve Portugal
Karl Engelbrecht, 9996001187172
Tourism Local Lodging Registered numbers: Cottage Casa Lami AL 1612 Villa Monte Mar AL 460 Villa Monte Fava AL 148
VAT Reg NoPT214079333

Guestbook comments from the owner

(1)We have had a wonderful holiday. The villa is well positioned, gardens, pool and villa just perfect. Arriving late the welcome pack was much appreciated. We are pretty familiar with the Algarve having rented many villas and this is excellent. We may see you soon again.

(2) We had a fantastic stay in your villa and been out to some fantastic places. The games room fab and pool brilliant. Please thank the maid for putting my toy dog on my pyjamas, it gave us a giggle.

(3) Another year, another wonderful holiday here, in a fantastic location, quiet and peaceful. It is a haven having restored us just when we needed it. We will certainly be back next year - it's like our second home now!

(4) A wonderful, relaxing and perfect two weeks - thank you. Your villa has everything we could have hoped for, thank you for guiding us from the airport, it sums up the quality of the whole experience. We leave with batteries re-charged and aim to return. Difficult to beat a villa like this.
Jul 2003
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16 Reviews

based on 16 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful views and wonderful people.

  • 5 of 5

This villa is a hideaway from it all. The views are spectacular and you can't get more private than this. You can relax in and around the pool in your own comfort and if you fancy getting out of the sun, then a game of table tennis is a great idea, in the games room. We enjoyed a lovely barbecue on the side terrace that is kept in traditional decor and close to the kitchen for convenience. Overall we had a lovely time with our 17 month old daughter and her grandparents and meeting the very lovely Karl and Daphne definitely topped off the week. Thanks again for your hospitality, lots of love Katie, Dan and Isabelle xxx

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your enjoyment was our pleasure and inspiration, thank you for your wonderful review
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Wonderful villa in a secluded location

  • 5 of 5

Monte Fava was a fantastic find. If you want peace, tranquility, seclusion and privacy then you'll not find anything better. The villa has everything you could want with wonderful views and a fantastic pool. Karl was very helpful both before and on arrival and the welcome pack was great. A car is essential although you do have to take it easy once you leave the main road as the track up to the house has a few dips and bumps. I would recommend Zitauto rentals, they were very good value and efficient on pick up and drop off.

This Villa is definitely one of the best we've every stayed in and we would thoroughly recommend it.

Thanks for a wonderful holiday, we hope to be back soon

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we are encouraged to strive ever more and keep our 5 stars glowing
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A superb, comfortable,very well maintained villa.

  • 5 of 5

We have rented properties in Portugal, Spain, France , USA, Mexico, and the UK over many years and Monte Fava is the best and most thoughtfully equipped property we have rented. Karl was extremely helpful throughout the pre-holiday contacts and on arrival. We have no hesitation in recommending Monte Fava to any who value a very comfortable, secure and private villa.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guest’s appreciation and encouragement keeps us trying even more. We are pleased that we measure up to so many other destinations, but also more determined to keep our 5 stars sparkling ever brighter. Thank you.
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14 Days of Heaven!!

  • 5 of 5

This villa did exactly what it said on the tin. The description on the website was totally accurate. The facilities were second to none, everything we wanted was made available. The villa was immaculately clean and well maintained, and the owners couldn't have been more caring, to ensure your every need was met.

The village of Moncarapacho is charming and typically Portuguese, and has everything there to meet your needs. We cannot wait to return, and would certainly recommend the villa and the area to anyone.

Phil & Jackie Gardner

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review it is much appreciated
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Peaceful and Relaxing Haven

  • 5 of 5

We were only here a week, which was not long enough! The villa was just as described and had everything we needed, and more. Beautiful location, away from it all, heated pool..got up to 32 degrees, so warm enough even for me! Comfy beds, English TV stations, alfresco dining with magnificent views, and even a well thought out welcome pack to keep us going! A car is a must, as it is more than a walk from the nearest village. Highly recommended to anyone who needs to relax and unwind. We would love to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your appreciation we are encouraged to strive ever more
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  • 5 of 5

Of all the villas we have stayed at this one is the very best!! location is superb and the villa has everything you need for a wonderful stay, everything you read about it is not exaggerated in the slightest. The owners have given their very best to make our stay exceptional. So nice to have a warm swim even when the sun doesn't shine. The kitchen was so well equipped we didn't have to buy anything.Cant wait to go back,

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your wonderful and appreciative review, we are inspired to do ever more and looking forward to your return.
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From the Owner

The Ria Formosa wetlands and offshore Islands being a protected world heritage, our part of the Eastern Algarve is fortunately spared from mega tourist developments and consequently remains more traditionally Portuguese; the most friendly and polite people you could ever wish to meet. An idyllic easy going lifestyle, festivals, village markets, offshore islands with endless golden beaches, crystal waters and all year sunny blue skies

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro at 25 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Vilamonte Resort Bar and Restaurant - Moncarapaho at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Fuseta and Olhao at 8 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Colina Verde (9 hole) 6 Km.Benamore Golf at 8 Kilometres Nearest Train : Fuseta Station at 8 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A22 at 4 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Moncarapacho choice of 6 restaurants at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Fuseta lagoon beach and offshore island beaches at 8 Kilometres Car: necessary

The Algarve is Portugal's holiday playground, blessed with all year around sunshine, unpolluted blue skies and crystal clear seas.

Summers are very hot and dry, parched meadows and endless beaches with the cool Atlantic are a refuge from the heat of the day. Evenings are refreshingly cooler, and are ideal for dining out, listening traditional "Fado", some serious clubbing or simply good eating in the regions vast choice of restaurants, famous for fresh foods.

Spring and Autumn are milder and are preferred by many, still hot and mostly all blue skies with possibly a stray shower from winter rains restoring the lush green countryside and spectacular wild flowers.

Being a winter rainfall zone, Algarve Winters are surprisingly mild, with some colder days interspersed with days of warm sunny skies, cool evenings ideal for a heart-warming log fire were central heating is merely a surplus luxury.

Unlike central to west Algarve's bustling and crowded tourist resorts, our Eastern Algarve, having protected World Heritage wetlands and offshore islands, is fortunately spared from mega tourist developments. It consequently remains more traditionally Portuguese; the most friendly and polite people you could ever wish to meet.

An idyllic easy going lifestyle, with village markets, festivals, uncrowded beaches and all year wall to wall blue skies.

The region offers a wide variety of activities and entertainments, and is well served with shopping malls, regional produce and crafts.

For a change from beach life there is dolphin-watching, scuba-diving, surfing or sailing. You can also visit famous Oceanariums and swim with dolphins, splash away at Water Worlds or enjoy a luxury boat cruise along the spectacularly beautiful coastline. There are also the options of riding a bicycle, horse riding or walking in unspoilt countryside.

With golf as choice activity there are Europe's top courses to hand, and in the Algarve nowhere is too far away to go.

MONCARAPACHO (3Km.. The nearest town has a welcoming atmosphere, small market and local pottery as well as the usual shopping amenities. Further on is FUSETA town on the waterfront, from where a short hop across by little ferry takes you to the popular Island beach. Onwards on your way towards the well liked TAVIRA a town which in itself is a fast growing tourist area and well worth a visit, is SANTA LUZIA with rows of restaurants along a lovely palm lined waterfront, from where you may hire water taxis to enjoy your own private beach paradise for the day. Nearby is a miniature rail which crosses the marshes to endlessly long island beach of Isla Barril.

OLHAO (9Km) is a flourishing old fishing town, and has a small harbour and jetty with small ferries and water taxis that shuttle across to the nearby island beaches. These include Armona and Culatra, as well as the distant light house island of Farol. On the waterfront is a famous undercover fresh fish and vegetable market, inside two huge Moorish style halls. A bustling daily market is a must see for an insight into day-to-day Algarve life. An endless choice of restaurants makes this town a seafood paradise.

AZINHEIRO (Nearby 3Km.) Is a small hamlet saddling the mountain ridge. Located in a narrow crossways linking Monte Miguel, Sao Bras, Estoi and Olhao, is the popular local snack bar O Rissol owned by very friendly Paulo and Sandra who speak perfect English.

ESTOI (11Km) Is a prominent old town in the foothills of the Calderao mountain range. The recently restored "Pink" Palacio de Estoi is a true sleeping beauty palace and, with the Milrue Roman Temple ruins further along, well worth a visit.

SAO BRAS (10Km). Is a bustling inland town nestling against the lovely outback cork hills. It has all the convenient shopping amenities and very affordable restaurants, along with the ever popular phenomena Luis dos Frangos, or just "Chicken Louis"

FARO (22Km) Is the capital town and has quaint old cobbled shopping walkways and the nearby fortressed old town is well worth a meander. The ancient cathedral bell tower provides a splendid view over the city, wetlands lagoons and inland hills.

From the small marina in the town centre boats offer group tours of the Ria Formosa Wetland Reserve with its famous birdlife, and also visit pristine Isla Deserta for idyllic beachcombing amid a myriad seashell.

The very modern Algarve Forum shopping mall on the outskirts of town offers good retail therapy with specialist chain stores, cinemas, and restaurants.


The nearest airport of Faro is only 20 minutes away and is served by many budget airlines such as EasyJet, Monarch, Ryanair, Jet2, Airberlin etc. At times some national airlines also offer direct flights in to Faro.

The alternative Portuguese airport of Lisbon is only 3hrs drive and Seville airport in Spain is only 2 hours away. Some guests take a leisurely drive to the Algarve which in itself is a lovely scenic trip with interesting stop overs along the way


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Autumn
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Nov 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Autumn
1 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Spring
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Spring
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Autumn
1 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jan 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Spring
1 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Spring
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Tax Rate 6.0%

Kindly note our rental prices are all told no hidden extras and includes all usual household expendables down to table serviettes and a generous welcome pack with some fridge essentials to welcome you on your arrival. All our properties are approved and licensed holiday villas registered for Tourism Lodging and the local 6% VAT is all inclusive in our quotations.
Also after 13 years’ experience of personally managing our holiday properties, we have never had the need to impose breakage deposits or additional cleaning charges, as mutual trust and respect is all we need.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

A very secluded and peaceful country locality, set in natural shrub land all around, for unwinding and ultimate relaxation. Easy access to village shops and affordable restaurants, also several beaches, sport activities and entertainments just a short drive away.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural


  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 250 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Both bathrooms are ensuite, scatter rugs on ceramic floors. With washbasins, showers, toilets, overhead heaters plus bidet and bath in guest bathroom. All fully stocked and equipped with hair driers, shower caps and fresh cotton towels, face tissues, overhead heater plus all expendables and unlimited hot water.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot, 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 adults and 1 teenager on fold out bed or infant baby cot. Both are air-conditioned, ensuite and very private at opposite ends of the living area, each with own patio door access to the pool. Bedroom 1 has a king size bed plus extra folding bed or cot. Bedroom 2 twin beds and all quality posturepedic mattresses with cool cotton ironed bedlinen


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • The villa is off the beaten track very secluded and private in a safe country location and although built in Algarve style it is very spacious open plan living area, the 2 bedrooms are very private at opposite ends of the living area. The house, pool and sundecks all on one level. with all rooms having direct access to the pool which affords an idyllic indoor/outdoor living style to unwind and just soak up the sun

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