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Valley View Apartment at The Hideaway, Amandola, Le Marche

Overview

If the dates you require for your holiday are already booked, please enquire anyway, as we may have dates available in our other apartments.

Your two bedroomed, well appointed self-catering apartment is situated upstairs in our 17th century farmhouse. With its own private entrance via the covered loggia & an area for al fresco dining (perfect for dining out or relaxing with a glass of wine in the cool of the evening), you enter the cosy living room with comfy armchairs & sofa, satellite TV, DVD, CD player, games cabinet & books for your entertainment.

The separate fully-equipped kitchen has oven/hob, fridge/freezer, microwave & dining for four. Your romantic master bedroom with comfortable double bed has dual aspect views over Montefalcone & the surrounding hills & the second bedroom has a single bed with a sofa bed for a fourth guest.

The bathroom has a shower, wc, wash basin & complimentary toiletries & bath robes. Central heating & double glazing provide modern comforts throughout. Outside there is a terrace for sitting in the sunshine & our large garden provides areas for relaxing & BBQing or swimming in the pool. We live in the house next door & can be reached easily.

Everything is provided to ensure a relaxing stay with us - just bring your camera!
Included in the Self-catering Apartment :
Bath towels & fluffy bathrobes
All luxury bedding
Hairdryer & Coded Safe
Tea-towels & washing up liquid
Toilet rolls
Microwave
Kettle & Caffetierre & Toaster
Herbs and spices
Cooker - electric oven and 4 ring gas hob
Iron and ironing board
Fridge and freezer
A selection of books, an Italian Dictionary & a local lnformation pack
A selection of Cds & board games
Garden games, umbrellas and free loan of mountain bikes for your to explore around (subject to availability)
Use of the BBQ & garden hammock
A weekly clean of the apartment
Normal use of gas and electricity
Sun loungers, Picnic hamper & blanket

There is complimentary WI-FI in the garden, under the gazeos and under the loggia of your apartment.

NB There is no telephone in the apartment, but guests may use ours in an emergency.


Out and About
The Hideaway is located in a quiet valley in Villa Conti, a peaceful little village between Amandola (6 miles) & Comunanza (2 miles) in Le Marche, Italy. The attractive spa town of Sarnano is only 15 miles away and the rooms are ideally situated for both the ski resorts at Sassotetto and the beaches of the Adriatic (both within a 40 minute drive).

Nothing can be more beautiful, whatever the season, from the crisp snow in the winter to the Sibillini National Park with its carpet of Spring flowers. The wide sandy beaches of Grottammare and San Benedetto are so inviting in the Summer and the Gola dell’Infernaccio makes a stunning Autumn ramble.

Ancient hilltop villages are perched upon craggy cliffs waiting to be explored, deep gorges with icy waterfalls, wild flowers of every possible colour and wildlife all around.

Our nearby town of Amandola has a beautifully porticoed main square where you can sit outside one of the cafes and enjoy a coffee before wandering up through the old towns cobbled streets to view the stunning Monte Sibillini.

Opened in 1994, The Monti Sibillini National Park covers nearly 2 million acres with some of the highest mountains in the Appennines, (Monte Vettore being the highest at 2,476m). The park offers walks of all levels to some of the most delightful yet least discovered areas in the whole of Italy.

From the huge expanse of the Piano Grande, a vast natural plain surrounded by mountains to the Gola di Infernatio with its stunning waterfalls and sheer rock faces, to the high mountain lake Lago di Pilato, where according to legend Pilates body was dumped. Legend tells us how Pontius Pilate, whilst awaiting execution, asked that fate decided his final resting place. His corpse was sent unescorted from the gates of Rome on a wagon. The oxen made their way to the Sibilline Mountains, straight up to the lake, where they dived in and disappeared. Small rare shrimps turn the lake pink in the summer months - some say it represents the blood of Pilate!

So, if you are looking for a tranquil place full of legends and history, where by day you are surrounded by beautiful scenery and eagles circle overhead and by night the fire flies dance in the darkness of a warm summer evening, well look no further - Welcome to Le Marche.


Flights......
Flights to Ancona or Pescara (our nearest airports) from the U.K are daily and we can arrange to pick you up from the airport (for an extra charge), or have your rental car waiting for you when you land.

Routes Include.....
London Stanstead to Ancona (1 hr 30 mins to The Hideaway)
London Stanstead to Pescara (1 hr 20 mins)
London Stanstead to Bologna - Forli (2 hrs 45 mins)
London Stanstead to Rome - Ciampino (3 hrs)
Nottingham East Midlands to Rome - Ciampino (3 hrs)
Nottingham East Midlands to Rimini (2 hrs 25 mins)
Liverpool to Rome - Ciampino (3 hrs)

Rail and Ferry Links.....
From Northern Europe there excellent rail links, including the fast overnight trains and car trains.
Our nearest port at Ancona has routes to Croatia and Greece. (Did you know Ancona was founded in around 390 BC. Its name is a modified translation of the Greek word for "elbow". Originally, the harbor to the east of the town was protected only by the promontory on the north, shaped like an elbow)!


Top Tips
* We recommend hiring a car to see the most of this stunning, unspoilt area.

* With plenty to offer the visitor, whatever the season, the stunning scenary of the Sibillini National Park will delight,
with different aspects to explore round every corner.

SPRING
The magical carpets of spring flowers on the mountains of the Sibillini National Park are simply stunning. With wild orchids, narsissi, cyclamen and violets, they are a photographers delight.

The mild temperatures make exploring, cycling & hiking in the mountains easier than in the heat of the summer. Although not practiced by Italians until July & August, it is usually warm enough to swim in the Adriatic, without the obligatory Summer crowds & the relentless rows of sun loungers!

There are many markets to visit and festivals all around - you will even find a Frog Racing Festival nearby & plenty of Easter Celebrations to attend. Any rain tends to come in a brief shower and there is still snow on the mountain tops. The Spring blossom of almond, cherry and apple and fresh greens of the new tree growth are just beautiful.

SUMMER

The Summer months are warm and sunny, with very few rainy days. Usually the rain comes in a brief storm at the end of a hot day and it is fantastic to watch the lightening over the mountains and the unusual cloud formations. We find it a little cooler here than on the coast and certainly less humid, with a slight breeze from the Sibillini Mountains. Usual Summer temperatures in July and August range from 32oC - 42oC and the evenings are cooler and fresher.

The Summer is festival time in Le Marche and events occur nearly every day. The Templer Festival in Castignano is stunning with plays, fire-eaters, musicians and market stalls around every corner. With the town converted to a scene from Medieval times, you graze on Medieval food and drink the delicious wine at many of the street stalls. Find out how paper was made, see pots being thrown and play the fun games of the times.

The Sarnano Festival will amaze you as stiltwalkers dance on the old cobble streets amonst fireworks, music and light. It is just magical!

Not to be missed is the Quintana in Ascoli Piceno on the first Sunday in August. With a colourful mix of costumes, flag-throwers, drummers, horses, falcons and musicians, the procession which preceeds the jousting tournament is amazing. Starting in the main piazza and carring on through the streets of Ascoli, this festival which dates from the 9th Century is certainly worth a visit!

AUTUMN

The temperatures in the Autumn are ideal for hiking, walking or cycling in the Sibillini Mountains. The ever-changing Autumn colours are simply stunning & offer photographic opportunities all around. Or why not try a mule trekking trip.

Visit the Amandola Theatre Festival in September amongst many others. Autumn festivals include: Apiro & Fermo - Sagra della polenta, Montecassiano - Sagra del Pesce (fish), Cupramontana & Arcevia Sagra - delluva (grapes) in the Verdicchio wine country, Piandimileto (near Urbino) - Mushroom fair, Lapedona (near Fermo) - Sagra del Vino Cotto (dont miss this one!)

Then there is the grape harvest in September and a visit to our local winery is a must. With an interesting museum of old wine making equipment and huge vats, you will be shown how the wine used to be produced many years ago and the modern way of production . After which there is the complimentary wine tasting - try the Vin Cotto - its delicious!

November is the olive harvest and a visit to the local press in an interesting experience. With truffles a local speciality, there are festivals aplenty - try the fair at SantAngelo during the last three weekends in October or at Acqualagna during the last three weekends in October & the first three weekends in November.

WINTER

The crisp snowfall of Winter is perfect for skiing or snowboarding at our nearby resort of Sassotetto. With beginners slopes, slopes for children and intermediates, there is plenty of choice and over 17km of runs.

For the non-skiing guests, the walking at Sassotetto is stunning, with 360 degree views of the mountains and a visit to the vast plains of Castelluccio is amazing.

There are still plenty of festivals to visit in the winter months and the Nativity or Presipeo (which originates from Italy) features in every village and town. The live nativity in Comunanza is beautiful, when the old town is whisked back to the days of Christ, with candlelight, music, animals and scenes of rural life. The final view, as you wind your way through the town, is the nativity, complete with donkey, ox, sheep, Mary, Joseph, wise men, shepherds, angels and of course the Baby Jesus.

Winter flavours of Le Marche include tagliatelle with wild boar, rabbit stew, truffles and you must try Vin Brulee - the delicious Italian version of mulled wine!

On a sunny winters day there is nothing more revitalising than a bracing walk on the Adriatic, when the beaches are desserted and the waves crash in. Try Pedaso, Grottamare and Villa Rosa, some of our favourite resorts along the coast.


* The Hideaway sits in a peaceful valley and whilst is tranquil and relaxing, as it is in a farming region, you may experience some distant noises of dogs barking or tractors ploughing!

* Whilst we state that the farmhouse is non-smoking, smoking is permitted in all the outside areas (excluding the pool!)

* The apartment has a ramp and a small step up to the front door, but after this, once inside, is all on one level and there are no further steps.

Summary:

Your romantic farmhouse nestles in a stunning valley in the Le Marche countryside. Perfect for exploring this from the Sibillini Mountains to the Adriatic Coast and everything in between.

Facilities

Property type: Farm house

Room details

Bedrooms:

2 bedrooms, sleeps 4

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 1 Single bed

Additional beds:
1 double sofa bed located in in the living room, 1 single sofa bed located in In the second bedroom, 1 cot
Seats:
Room for 5 in the dining area
Room for 5 in the living area
Bathrooms:
1 bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
Radio
TV Languages in Local
Heating and air con:
Central heating
Household:
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Kettle
Microwave
Oven
Pots / pans
Toaster
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Swimming pool:
Shared
Other:
Barbecue
Outside lighting
Parking
Private garden
Extra information (We provide a welcome pack, with information about the local area and a DVD to watch about the beautiful Sibillini National Park. Other extra touches to many your stay special include a welcome food pack, fluffy dressing gowns, coded safe, complimentary toiletries and stunning views thrown in for free!)

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants
Pets (Please enquire if you would like to bring your pet along.)

Sports and activities

Climbing
Cycling
Fishing
Golf
Horse Riding
Sailling
Skiing
Sports Center
Tennis
Walking
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Museum
Shopping
Theatre
Cinema

Prices and availability

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Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Discounts

Late Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made less then x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 28th February 7 Days 10%
1st November to 30th November 7 Days 10%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st March 15 Days 10%
1st October to 31st December 15 Days 10%

Extras

Optional extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
A traditional Italian breakfast may be served each morning on request. All year Occupancy: per person £5.10 per person per night

Paid locally

We have 3 further beautiful double bedrooms (to sleep a further 6 guests) which can be rented in conjunction with the farm house on a room only basis. They are located downstairs and have their own private terrace and lovely garden views. Each room has tea & coffee making facilities, safe, hairdryer, dressing gowns, cd player, luxury bedding, complimentary toiletries etc. All year Occupancy: per person £26.21 per person per night

Paid with booking

Location

This is the general location (within 1km of the property)

Nearby:
  • Nearest beach: 45km
  • Nearest bar: 3km
  • Nearest restaurant: 15km
  • Nearest supermarket: 15km
  • Pescara Airport: 125km
  • Pescara Airport: 80km
  • Pedaso Train Station: 35km
  • Our Nearest Ski Resort: 35km
  • Our Nearest Beach: 35km

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Dear Sarah and Mark, what a wonderful place you have created!!! We enjoyed your lovely garden (including the fireflies and the Milky Way by night), the wonderful apartment ( you really thought of absolutely everything!) and your warm welcome (esp the muffins and the jam - yummie). We will recommend! 2 new suggestions for restaurants: il Spuntino (after a hike in the mountains) and i Due Notari in Ascoli Piceno (!!!) M & A GERMANY JULY 2011 We had a really lovely relaxing stay. Thank you so much for the warm hospitality, gorgeous muffins and jams and useful recommendations. All the little thoughtful touches were really appreciated too. A really great place to relax and unwind an dgreat hosts. Thanks. D & L IRELAND JULY 2011 Incredible view, the sweetest hospitality ever: Thank you Sarah and Mark for your lovely apartments, your delicious muffins and jams, but before all these things for your way to do hospitality advices! With your own map we visited all the interesting places near here in Le Marche! Grazie di cuore. D & A & G ITALIA JULY 2011 Dear Sarah and Mark, thank you for the warm welcome and your hospitality all days @ The Hideaway! Its so peaceful, lovely and beautiful at your place were "afraid" we have to come back. Mille grazie T & S HOLLAND JULY 2011 Dear Sarah and Mark, we felt at home immediately by your welcome and the very nice apartment Valley View. This was the most complete house/ kitchen we have ever seen. We enjoyed our stay a lot, a hidden paradise in this unspoilt, authentic part of Italy. Mille grazie!! J & E & T & J HOLLAND JULY 2011 I really liked staying here, there is so much to do and see! We will definitely come back! Thank you so much for the cakes and muffins! Sarah and Mark are the best! They are so kind nad helpful and the book that they made is very accurate (Do not miss the gorge!!!). They have thought of everything. The views are AMAZING and the pool is cold but really convenient for a hot day. Rusty and Jessie are very good and gentle. We had the pleasure of playing with them. Thank you SOOO MUCH for an AWSOME HOLIDAY!!! E UK AUGUST 2011 I really liked staying here because I liked playing with Jessie the dog. I will really miss the house when we go! Thanks you Mark and Sarah for a lovely holiday!!! x AUGUST 2011 Rusty was so soft. I loved stroking him because he was so cute and Jess was crazy to play with C xxx UK AUGUST 2011 Really like what you have done here, great place! Loved it. Just the place to relax and enjoy the countyside S & J UK AUGUST 2011 Lecker Muffins and lecker Marmelade and lecker Brot = Superleckers Fruhstuck Liebe Gastgeber and schone Gegeund = Wir werden es vermissen. Danke Schoooooon S & J GERMANY AUGUST 2011 Abbiamo solo 4 giorni in questo bello paradiso!! Grazie per la vostra accogliente ospitita (e per l abbousloute colazione!!!)A & A & M ITALIA AUGUST 2011 We had a fantastic time an unexpectedly beautiful region, well worth exploring and re-exploring, and returning to our lovely apartment. The warm welcome made it perfect, we particulary appreciated the home-made maps and suggestions in the little brown book. Highlights for us: the Gola dell Infernaccio (be careful - arrive early on peak days, many local people come, so carpark is full, but not many "brave" the walk): the stables at Lago di San Ruffino with great horseriding lessons for our kids (enough English spoken). The surprising proximity of the sea - San Benedetto is fun and exclusively Italian Ascoli Piceno and the surrounding countryside: spectacular walks and drives (return from San Benedetto > Acquaviva, Offida, Castignano - really superb). Great shame to be going, but, like everyone else, plenty of vows to return R & P & L & S BELGIUM AUGUST 2011 Thank you to Mark and Sarah for an absolutely fantastic week here at The HIdeaway! We loved all the recommendations in the red folder and the little book - it made our relaxing week even more relaxing as we got to explore the best of the area without having to consult the guide book each day! We really appreciated the personal touches that made this place so special, from the recommendations to the homemade cakes (and pancakes!). Well be back! L & D UK AUGUST 2011 We had a great holiday! Thank you so much for making our stay so peaceful & relaxing! You have made a wonderful home here, thank you for sharing it with us....Some wonderful touches such as the wine, fruit, veg & yummy cakes. Thank you again Mark and Sarah, hope to see you again. L & A & I ITALY AUGUST 2011 Thank you Mark & Sarah for your wonderful hospitality & breakfasts! We have had a lovely time here & wish we could stay longer. This is a fantastic area & all your recomendations were great - the walking book extreamly useful! We hope to come back some day to enjoy all the walks we didnt habve time to do. The Hideaway is the perfect spot to come back to at the end of the day. All the best & many thanks again. J & B UK AUGUST 2011 Our first time in Le Marche! Beautiful area, nice anti pasti.....! Thank you Sarah & Mark! You have a very special place here in Le Marche! Best wishes, E & B BELGIUM AUGUST 2011 Endlich Sonne und warme, wundervolle natur und gross alte kulturstatten und Architektur -  We are so pleased we found you. A wonderful place of peace, quality of life and great hospitality of Sarah and Mark - Thank you so much!!! S & W & D & K GERMANY AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2011 What a fantastic introduction to what was our first time in Le Marche. Ideal location for the peace and quietwhilst within easy reach of places of interest. Mark and Sarah were the perfect hosts and the accommodation has all the essentials - and more - to make it a complete home from home. Many thanks. T & T UK AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2011 Mark & Sarah - No one could be more welcoming than the two of you (along with your sweet dogs)! Thank you for the perfect hideaway - we have enjoyed every minute and hope to return in June for the flowers in Castelluccio! P.S Amanda and Mike were great hosts in your absence! J & S USA September 2011 Sarah & Mark, thank you so much for all your help and assistance which made all the difference during our first trip to Le Marche. you have thought of everything in the cosy accommodation. How kind of you to make the birthday cake - it was delicious, as was the produce you left us. We also enjoyed meeting your friends at the Abbey concert, which was a lovely thing to do - not forgetting Rusty the showman! We loved this region and hope to be back one day. Kind regards to you both. M & D UK October 2011 Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. Your "Hideaway" is a little gem - secluded & calming & beautiful. We hope to be able to return & enjoy the region in more depth another time, all the best B & N & Family, Norway April 2012 Dear S & M, thank you for the warm welcome when we arrived at The Hideaway for our honeymoon with our little boy. We started on the prosecco & muffins right away & prepared dinner with all the lovely stuff you had ready for us. We had a wonderful week thanks to Sarahs Lonely Planet of Le Marche, which we loved the little notes and drawings. Our top three is: 1. Gola dell Infernaccio (with a 10 month ld on our back, we didnt do the whole 4 hour walk) 2. Ascoli Piceno & although we made the mistake of going on a Monday morning when everything was closed, neverless it was amazing, 3. Lunch at Osteria del Lago. Congratulations on your Tripadvisor Excellence award, you totally deserve it! Love S & M & M, Netherlands  May 2012 Thank you Mark & Sarah. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here at The Hideaway. The house is lovely, very comfortable, equipped with everything we needed & of course the setting is fantastic. The walking in the area was superb with the Sibilla mountain top being the pick of our favourites, but definitely one to leave the fdog at home! Thanks for all the tips in the welcome pack, all the other
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Mark and Sarah were the most welcoming of hosts and nothing was too much trouble. The property was superb, very rustic but with all mod cons. I loved all the little luxuries they provided like the bathrobe and slippers. Would thouroughly recommend. Claudio & Rita
As a party of 8 [ 2 families] we had the apartment and 2 B&Bs. The quality and standard of these conversions is excellent - very tastefully done. Attention to detail sums up Mark and Sarah's approach to everything, they genuinely enjoy making people feel welcome. The setting is stunning and makes a great base for exploring this exquisite part of Italy - and a serene place to return to chill out afterwards. Make sure you have breakfast - both Mark and Sarah bake superb bread & cakes. We had a superb holiday in La Marche and look forward to exploring this extraordinary region in winter and spring the Hideaway will be top of our list.
Thank you so much for a wonderful 10 days - 8 full sunshine days. Wonderful scenery and very interesting festivals in local villages. Thank you also for your great charming hospitality, Mark and Sarah. This is my second visit and look forward to many more. BF October 2008
I returned to experience the lovely Autumnal colours. It's been a great 10 days with lovely sunshine and temperatures of 21oC - 24oC. (Autumn mist just 2 days). Visit to Smerillo for Chestnut Festival - well worth a visit but very busy - cars everywhere and lots of food! Really enjoyable stay again. Thank you Sarah and Mark. GY October 2008
Thank you Sarah & Mark for a great holiday and making us so welcome - especially the kids who love the squirrel, toad houses etc, plus all the little extras in the house which made them feel special. Added bonus was supplying us with a baby sitter for a night - whew! We had some wonderful adventures and will recommend you to lots of family and friends xxxx J & D & J & V September 2008
A fantastic stay in the apartment. Great company and surroundings. Pool is excellent and very refreshing. Hope to come back in the not too distant future. Cheers! Also great walking from Foce to the mountain lakes. R & A August 2008
Thank you Mark & Sarah for creating such a fantastic holiday environment, great rooms, fabulous home baked food & great company. R & H August 2008
Mark & Sarah - Many thanks for the lovely time here - beautiful views, outings, food & being looked after - Fabulous! J & R August 2008
Wonderful holiday - lots to see and do but we also found time to relax. Would recommend visit to Castelluccio and walk from Force to Lake Pilate.Mark and Sarah are great hosts (keeping us stocked with homegrown veg!) and thanks to little Rusty for his energetic welcome on returning home each day! V & C July 2008
Had planned to spend second week in Urbino area but liked it so much here we cancelled that idea after one day. Still can't wait to come back but will have to be nexy year rather than next week this time ....Unless? L & K (again!) June 2008
Best holiday ever. Fantastic place, beautiful area. Mark and Sarah are great hosts. We wanted for nothing. Many thanks - don't think we could find a more perfect place & can't wait to come back. L & KJune 2008
Wow! How can words describe such a beautiful place!? You really have created a haven of peace and tranquility. Thank you for making our stay here so enjoyable. It has been the perfect end to our wonderful holiday in Italy. The room was just perfect and really thoughtfully finished. You have both been wonderful hosts and we have appreciated your help and generosity. We really enjoyed our evening out with you. Would love to come back soon. C & A August 2008
This has been a wonderful stay - the accommodation was beyond expectations, well stocked and the most comfortable bed. What a delightful area, so much to see, we will return to continue exploring. Well done to our charming host and hostess. Thank you very much. BF April 2008A really excellent and comfortable stay. Sarah and Mark do everything to make it enjoyable. Lovely scenery and countryside. Recommend for a quiet but interesting area to stay, walk, cycle or car trips. GY April 2008Fantastic house and gargens. The views were amazing. Sarah and Mark were wonderful hosts and thought of everything we might have needed. There is so much to do in the area, we will just have to come back soon (we can't wait). E&E June 2008My first time in Italy & I could not have had a more fantastic place to stay or such wonderful hosts. The Hideaway gives every 'creature comfort' & the attention to detail gives a real home feeling to the place. Beautiful - bello setting overlooking Italian towns & countryside...I will return asap! Sad to leave my holiday 'Hideaway' but have happy holiday memories. Thank you. LC July 2008Thank you very much for having us - you have been very good hosts, suggesting places to visit. Lovely place & very relaxing - an artists paradise. Great pool! Really liked the gardens, hammocks & gazebo seating. I will return hopefully soon. Thanks Mark for the bread & thank you both very much for making everything so comfortable & being welcoming & helpful. See you again. KT July 2008

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About the owner
We have spent the past 25 years in the hospitality industry and for the last 7 have been lovingly restoring our farmhouse in Amandola. This beautiful unspoilt area has so much to offer and we welcome everyone to The Hideaway to experience all the joys we have found over these last years.
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