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1700 Villa in Salento 10' to the sea, offers an intimate and romantic atmosphere



Updated: 06-Dec-2016
Salento Villa Apulia with pool, citrus groves, 6 bedrooms 12 people WiFi A/C near sea

THE GARDEN OF ORANGES is an old farmhouse with pool in Salento (Lecce), belonging to the eighteenth century in the heart of the noble town of Spongano 45 km south of Lecce. The Salento, said "the board of Apulia" for its level extension, is considered 0 at risk for earthquakes, as described in the charts in Google. Completely restored, it is a charming villa with 6 double bedrooms for 12 people. Surrounded by citrus groves and equipped with every comfort, WiFi, air conditioning, heating for the winter, ancient stone fireplaces, it is ideal for groups of families with teens and children. It has 6 double bedrooms and 5 bathrooms en suite. One of these rooms is a suite with large bedroom and an adjoining living room with two sofa bed (twin). It's located in the heart of the village of Spongano (45 km south of Lecce) at the top of an hidden alley of the street; that makes it very private and reserved. A corner of Paradise in citrus and orange groves, at only 10 minutes to the sea. It has all the facilities and amenitis at a few steps, 4 double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms en suite, plus 1 suite composed by a double bedroom and a living room with 2 single bed sofa (Suite Bouganville). Total :6 double bedrooms and 12 bed places . All the rooms of the house are very well furnished and equipped, with original stone fireplaces. Going out from the house you can reach walking 2 super markets, boulangerie, coffee shop, bank, drug store, grocery, restaurants, pizzeria, bar, squares. Completely restored respecting the original architecture, with all comforts as private pool of 7,50 mt long and 4,50 large, deep 1,30, wifi, air conditioner, heating for winter, dishwasher, washing machine with dryer.

Two "secret gardens", that's typical of the Salento houses, with citrus, orange and mandarin groves, prickly pears, pomegranate, apricot and figus tree, bougainvillea and other native plants. .The original ceilings in stone forming star-shaped and arch. The kitchen has been designed in an old fireplace and the living room with library and TV has an original fireplace. The decor is rural sought typical of the farm, with some ethnic appeal. The swimming pool is set in the typical local stone and located in one of the two citrus groves, in front of the kitchen. Dry stone walls, typical of the Salento country, surrounding the farm making it very safe even for children. Big terrace on the first floor, with suggestive view on the roofs and the cathedral, where a very comfortable bedroom "Menta " with bathroom ensuite is set. Nevertheless enjoys a great convenience, having all the amenities within walking distance as coffee shop, ( 50mt), 2 supermarkets, bank, restaurants, pizzeria, pharmacy , bread shop as fresh hand made pasta, fruit shops etc. Leaving the villa in a few steps you can reach the two main squares, admiring the Baroque churches, the baronial Castle and other monuments of the place. The house has no a private Park but no problem to find it in the streets near the house, free. To reach the sea of Castro Marina there are about 10 minutes driving through delicious country lanes, shortcuts for paved roads, or 30 minutes walking in country lanes surrounded by the country in a mediteranean spot of green rich of olive groves, preackly pears, figus, grapes, blackberries, between the old stone walls so typical and beloved of Salento. Castro Marina, considered the Pearl of the Adriatic Sea, has well and comfortable equipped beaches of rock and many free beaches on the crystal clear sea. From Spongano it's very easy to reach other villages as Diso, Marittima, Surano walking or by car. Castro Marina has the medieval village at the top with its fortified Castle where there is a historical museum to visit, its small Romanesque cathedral, shops, restaurants, and a spectacular view across the coast to Santa Cesarea Terme. Driving from Castro Marina to the long beautiful coastal road , in twenty minutes you arrive to Otranto, enchanting medieval town which is "The Oriental door " as it is the first town to see the sun. Before Otranto, through Santa Cesarea Terme, a renowned Central Spa, Porto Badisco, which according to legend was the landing of Aeneas fled from Troy in flames, you reach the beautiful white beaches of Alimini, with the Caribbean Sea.

Salento has about 450 km of sea coast and to go to the opposite coast on the Ionian Sea, the time driving is about 40- 45 minutes and reach the old town of Gallipoli.

In this part of Salento you can enjoy of food and beverage and have wine tasting in the rinomate cellars or having oil tasting visiting major mills that produce extra virgin olive oil. There are many festivals that celebrate the Saints Masters with spectacular lights, the brilliant lights of many colors which recover all the streets of the villages. It 's a land rich in history and tradition where time seems to stand still. A magic land to live and to love.

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Details for holiday villa Sleeps 10 + 2 . 6 Bedrooms 5 bathrooms , 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, 5 Bathrooms

"Il giardino degli aranci" is a suggestive farmhouse of 1700 which offers an intimate and romantic atmosphere. It has 6 double bedrooms, 5 bathrooms reserved,10 bed places. All conforts: air conditioner in all the bedrooms, wifi , Tv sat, dvd, 4 fireplace, heating for winter. It has two "Secret Gardens" of citrus, orange and other fruits trees. The biggest garden in front of the kitchen where the swimming pool is set. The farmhouse is located In the heart of the noble and historical country of Spongano, in a hidden alley and very private, just about 3,50 km to reach the sea.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

My name is Patrizia, my roots are in this land I call magic, as my website "salentomagico." After 32 years of living abroad and then to Milan, I decided one day to come back here, among these wonderful people, simple, hospitable to relive the atmosphere of other times that I have always carried in my heart. A life surrounded by nature, the scent of orange blossoms and flavors, the tastes of genuin food. A carribbean sea at only 10' far away.... My partner follows me excited. We bought a farm and other historic homes, we have restructured and we thought to know this land to the world by providing our home and according to direct our guests the best in tourist itineraries, cultural and gastronomic was our best and heartfelt mission.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

Patrizia I wanted to leave a note to thank you for your warm welcome. We had a lovely time in your beautiful villa which you have refurbished to very high standards. Even though it was 'only' April the children enjoyed the pool and we were able to eat out in the wonderful garden a few times. Thanks again for your hospitality and all the good advice so we could make the most of our stay.

I would not hesitate to recommend your villa for a holiday - spacious, beautifully decorated and furnished, well equipped. A great location too, a short walk to the caffeteria and the shops. We also enjoyed the beautiful cities of Castro (a few kms away), Galipolli, Lecce and Otranto. Wish we had had more time to see them all! Thanks again and arrivederci!

Elizabeth Mary.

Thank you Pat. I truly enjoyed my stay here and felt you have put together a most exceptional property. I also appreciated your personal attention and help in our request . I will be happy to be a reference for you. Samuel B.
Sep 2012
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based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


Gorgeous stay in Spongano

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time in  Patrizia's beautiful villa in Spongano which she has refurbished to very high standards. We want to leave a note to thank Pat and Robi for their warm welcome. Even though it was 'only' April the children enjoyed the pool and we were able to eat out in the wonderful garden a few times. Thanks again for all the good advice so we could make the most of our stay. I would not hesitate to recommend this villa for a holiday - spacious, beautifully decorated and furnished, well equipped. A great location too, a short walk to the caffeteria and the shops. We also enjoyed the beautiful cities of Castro (a few kms away), Galipolli, Lecce and Otranto. Wish we had had more time to see them all! Thanks again and arrivederci!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Best holidays ever

  • 5 of 5

We drove 2500 km to get there and it worthed it!

Never thought that holidays in a small Italian town can be so fantastic! Enchanting villa always in blossoms was what we really seeked for. Perfect location for those who would like to devote their time to their soul. Beautiful surroundings and friendly smiling people everywhere...

It is essential to take a car - it gives a lot of opportunities to discover the beauty of the region ;)

The seaside is marvellous - both Ionian and Adriatic. Spend days swimming!

Many thanks and kisses to Patrizia!!! Beautiful woman, the kindest host and a truthful guide. Ask her to show the best places.

Great thanks from the team of Animation studio Vipline!

P.S. The wine is delicious!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Olga, thank you for the beautiful words and thank you to choose your stay in my house. You were fantastic guests , joyful and excited and so ordered ...! I sincerely thank you and I really hope to have you back again here or in the new house that I'm finishing . A hug to all the team and a kiss to you in particular . sincerely Pat
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Great time

  • 5 of 5

We really had great time staying in Patrizia's house. Location is beautiful. The property is very well maintained. Patrizia is very responsive and helpful, supporting in everything.

To summarize --- we had an excellent vacation. Thanks.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, Me and my husband thank you very much and it has been a pleasure to have people so excellent as you are. We wish to have you again here in Salento.... maybe in the new house...ready soon ! Our best regards Pat and Robi
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Lovely house in Spongano

  • 4 of 5

A beautifully presented house, just as described by the owner, Patrizia. The accommodation was excellent and layout of the gardens and pool perfect for two families sharing. Patrizia was extremely helpful both before we arrived and during our stay, including advice on where to go locally (markets, boats, beaches, restaurants even the best route for a local run in the olive groves) - nothing was too much trouble.

We enjoyed Castro (both beach side and the old town up the hill), Gallipolli (a must visit), Lecce, Magli, Otranto and Poggiardo where we went for the market on Wednesday - do it first Wednesday and stock up on nice food. The boat trip was excellent including a lovely lunch (as good as any restaurant) and worth following up with a self drive trip on a motor boat (same owners - Patrizia can arrange.

Fresh pasta is available round the corner, fresh bread and pastries five minutes in the opposite direction and best supermarket five minutes drive away (where you can get local lemon sausages.

All in all a great place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect for the extended family

  • 5 of 5

We were 13 People in the house. From the one year old baby, to grandmother of 71. Five children and eight adults stayed togheter for one week in the villa. The house were perfect for our extended Family. Spacious bathrooms and bedrooms, and lovely gardens. Deliciouse colours and Furnitures. We loved it.

Some days we went to the Beach, one day we took a boat from Castro and visited all the Caves at sea. But some days we just stayed in the villa, sunbathing, swimming in the pool and just relaxing.

Spongano is a small village, but with all you need. Gocery shop, beauty saloon and small bars. Just outside the village, there are beautiful olive groves, an excellent place for exercise.

Our hosts, Patricia and Roberto were helpful and friendly. In this part of Italy, almost nobody can speak English.But Patricia were most helpful, booking boats, restaurants etc.

The only minus were the relatively small refrigiator, hence the amounth of people who stayed in the house. We needed to cool down water, beer, wine and coke. And it practically filled the frigde. No Space for Food left. But this were the only minus for a wonderful house, in a wonderful part of Italy with wonderful hosts. We will really recomend the Spongano villa.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Cris, Thank you very much for your nice words and nice review. I will certainly treasure of useful tips to improve the welcome and comfort of my guests. You are a beautiful family and me and Roberto was happy to meet you and having you guests in our home. We sincerely hope to have you back here again, maybe in the new home that we are going to finish. Pat and Robi
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Spongano Delight

  • 4 of 5

Lovely house, tucked away right in the middle of a sizeable but very quiet village with butcher, baker, greengrocer, fish shop etc. (although it was fun trying to find them all at first) plus supermarkets and cafes. The layout of the house, with its two courtyards plus swimming pool area, meant that it was always easy to find a place to sit in the sun or the shade as appropriate.

Patrizia and Roberto were extremely helpful owners, with many suggestions on the local sights and very responsive to any requests for assistance.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear guests, thank you very much for your appreciation expressed in the review for the house and and for us. It 'been a great pleasure for us to have nice people like you who will always remember as guests ideals. We hope to see you here with us again soon .... and maybe in the new location! Kind regards Pat and Robi
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From the Owner

So charming and intimate...with "secret gardens", what the most charming typical Salentin houses have, perfect located in the middle of the village but at the top of an alley so hidden and reserved and with so much green around....

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Brindisis at 90 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Coffee shop Rocco at 50 Metres Nearest Ferry : Spongano at 250 Metres Nearest Golf : Acaya Golf at 45 Kilometres Nearest Train : Spongano at 250 Metres Nearest Restaurant : Casina dei Copini at 200 Metres Nearest Beach : Castro Marina on Adriatic sea coast at 3 Kilometres

Special interest holidays:

Tennis, Termal Spa, bike tours, in the village or in the neighbors. Boats tours during summertime, and renting boat, school scuba diving . Dancing school for learning "Pizzica" tipical dance of Salento. Wine tasting in the most renomate cellar. Possibility of personal professional massage at home, yoga, reflexology, ayurveda. Spa in Santa Cesarea Termal Spa.


3 km from Castro Marina, Marittima, Andrano with rock comfortable beaches and caraibbean sea.

10 km to Santa Cesarea Terme (beautiful spa and rock beaches or sea water pools)

20 km from sand beaches near Otranto.

25 km from sand beaches near Ugento and S.Maria di Leuca

40 km from sand beaches to Gallipoli


A car is essential. There are two local airports. Brindisi is approx 60 minutes by car with Bari approx 120 minutes. Ryanair fly direct from Stansted to both airports all year round. British Airways fly direct between Gatwick and Bari from April to October and Easy Jet fly all year round from Gatwick to Bari. Airlines such as Alitalia fly indirect routes to both airports.


3 km to Castro Marina and the medieval little town of Castro, going trough the beautiful country a short street ,on the Adriatic sea coast of rock,. 5 minutes driving to Diso and Surano, Marittima, charming old villages. 20 minutes driving to the historical village of Otranto. 15 minutes drive to the historical village of Specchia, Tricase, Maglie. 30 minutes driving to the historical village of Gallipoli and 30 minutes driving to the beautiful and historic Baroc Lecce, the Capital (town)

Further Details:

50 mt to the coffee shop. Bank, supermarkets, pharmacy and restaurant 200 - 250 meters, pizzeria 200 mt. Local shops in the villages very closed from the house. 2 km to the main commercial Spongano is a charming village only a few kilometers from the crystalline waters of Castro Marina , Santa Cesarea Terme , Andrano , Marittima and Otranto reach of beautiful beaches of rock or sand . The house is within walking distance of the bar , bakery and supermarket at 100 meters, 150 meters Pharmacy . square of the village at 200 meters with restaurant and pizzeria. Close to the medieval villages of Castro , Otranto , Gallipoli. Plants in the crystal clear waters of Serra Alimini you can indulge in various activities : sailing, diving, boat trips along the coasts of Salento , walks through the olive groves . In the evening you can visit various festivals in neighboring countries with the beautiful lights, a unique show ! Or dine in the many restaurants, ' trattorias ' of nearby villages with typical local cuisine from land and sea. Possibility to rent bicycles, play tennis, all water sports, scuba diving, rent boats to explore the caves along the Adriatic coast , sailing tours, sightseeing , walking and running among ancient olive groves around the village, shopping in the craft of pottery , ceramics, elegant drapes . Local markets . Inland you can visit underground presses , charming old towns , beautiful baroque churches, parks and museums. The beautiful town of Maglie , just 15 miles away , offers a cultural and historical beauty but also the leisure of excellence where a shopping center in the shops you can find quality products of the major fashion brands made ??in Italy . A 30 -minute drive or 1 hour by train , you can reach Lecce , the capital , the beautiful Baroque town to visit and excellent shopping! Salento is a region where wines are produced and precious oils and you can visit Wine Cellars excellent or Crushers of extra virgin olive oils of the highest quality.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Christmas Time
16 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
April / Easter
12 Apr 2017 - 19 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
20 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jun 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
17 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Summer
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October Warm Autumn
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £683
Final cleaning £196

PLEASE NOTE : Changeover Day: Saturday but we can be flexible depending by the season,
NOTE: Price is for 10 people. Up to 12 add € 150 from June, July, August, September.
Above rates for months :March, April, May, October, December, are for 8 people.From 8 up to 10 add € 150 extra per week
Cot or extra bed € 30 per week extra.
Final cleaning (cleaning with sanitizing, laundry, garden, pool, WiFi, DVD) € 230
Refundable security deposit, usually within 10 days from departure, € 800.
Extra charge: All of the utilities at own consumption costs calculated according to the decree national law for the short transient leases. (Gas € 1.00 per mc3; Water € 2.90 per mc3; Electricity € 0.50 kWh) after the meter reading that will be done upon arrival, along with the owner and again, before departure.
Important: to follow the daily disposal of waste according to local rules and differentiated type. Otherwise it will be withheld from the deposit an additional amount for the additional costs of disposal waste. The house is found by the tenants in the best possible condition as well as at the web site. Please leave in order and to follow the rules that will delivered upon arrival.
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From the Owner

In the historical center. The old stones and architecture with star ceiling and arch ceilings, so rich of history, so charming! The gorgeous view from the terrace in the old roofs and the big cathedral. All the amenities and facilities at a few steps. So near to reach the enchanting sea of Castro Marina, Marittima, Andrano, Santa Cesarea Terme, Otranto!

Property Type

  • villa


  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa


  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 900 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Very well decorated, all with shower.


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Citronella bedroom
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Fiore d'Arancio Bedroom
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Lavanda bedroom
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Suite Bouganville bedroom has an annex room used as living
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Menta bedroom on terrace - first floor
  • Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed, bedroom annex of the Suite Bouganville with 2 single bedsofa
  • High standard decorated, air conditioning, all with reserved bathroom en suite. The house is from 10 to 12 people sleeping, depending from the season. 8 people in autmn, spring and winter time. 10 people with additional of 2 persons in summer time. We have the possiblity to have 4 single beds. The other are double extra large beds. Cot on request.Spacious rooms with bathroom ensuite except one room (Citronella), which has exclusive bathroom in front of the door. all the rooms have restored ceilings of 1700 and offer a very intimate and romantic atmosphere. The bedrooms have access to the "secret garden" which is the second garden in the middle of the farmhouse or on the big terrace


  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Total 5 double bedrooms, each with bathroom reserved, plus another room ( the 6th) in the suite Bouganville with 2 single bed sofa annex to the big double bedroom with original fireplace. WIFI, air conditioner, heating for winter. Details: Main body has 3 double bedrooms with 3 bathrooms reserved, kitchen, living, corridor, gardens, terrace. The annex dependance in the ground floor in the second garden (the "secret garden") has 3 bedrooms: 1 is the suite Bouganville (1 double bedroom and annex bedroom/living with 2 bed sofa and reserved bathroom), 1 double bedroom (Lavanda) with reserved bathroom. All with comfortable cabinets. All the bedrooms enjoy the view of the second garden which can be accessed from inside the house with orange and fruits trees, (the "secret garden"). The house is equipped with every comfort: WiFi, heating, air-conditioning, space for washing machine and dryer, barbecue. One living inside with TV, DVD, library. Outside: Exclusive villa for each family or group of friends who rent it with private and exclusive use of pool.Two gardens , one interior garden where the bedrooms overlooking and another in the front of the kitchen, each with fruit trees, citrus, orange, clementine trees, fig, prickly pear, apricot, olive tree, bougainvillea and vegetation typical of Salento. Table for lunch/dinner with chairs (10 places), other 2 tables, each with 4 places. Barbecue. Swimming pool with jacuzzi 7 meters x 3,50. Tables for breakfast in the gardens. Corner for conversation with comfortable sofa and armachairs with a low table by the pool, sun beds for sunbathing by the pool. 2 outdoor showers and citrus trees for shade and 2 big umbrellas. "Luminarie" (coloured lights typical of Salento) in the gardens for the evening and other lights. Barbecue near the kitchen

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