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Steven Byrnes

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Great Moose Lake Cottage in a Secluded Cove,Gradual Sandy Beach,fishing,Sunsets

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Hartland Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Peaceful Lakefront Cottage;2 BRs,Sleeps 4-6(1dbl,1bunkbed,1qn sofa),1 Full Bath

Very Bright, clean and cozy private lakefront Maine Cottage sitting right at the water's edge on a wrap-around point in a secluded, sunny cove of 3500 + acre, peacefull Great Moose Lake (Hartland, Maine). Fully-equipped, modern kitchen, comfortably sleeps 4-6, 2.5-acre property with 365 feet of beautiful, private, birch, pine, and spruce-lined, western and southerly-facing shoreline, with a sunny shallow sandy beach on a sheltered, quiet cove, and up-close, panoramic views of the lake. Great Moose Lake is quiet and not developed like the Belgrade Lakes Region or Sebago Lakes area of southwestern Maine. You may see a few fishing boats drift by on the weekends, but during the week you may feel as if you have the lake to yourself. Most of the cottage interior is finished in knotty pine or wood paneling and carpeted.

Just over 3 hours north of Boston, MA, an hour from Augusta and Bangor (major airport), and approximately 20 minutes off the Maine Turnpike/Route 95 exit 150 (Pittsfield/Hartland), this cottage is easy to access via a private road.

This private cottage is very close to the waters edge, sits on 2.5 level wooded acres and is ideal for families, including Grandma and Grandpa along for the memories! It has everything you need to unwind, recharge your batteries and get away from it all.

The western and southerly-facing shoreline wraps around a point into a peaceful, small cove idea for swimming, with lots of sun on the beach, deck, or in the hammock, with beautiful views and sunsets off the front deck or by the camp fire pit while roasting S'mores and listening to the loons. The sandy beach is gradual and shallow enough for wading and for supervised children to enjoy, yet further out, the protected cove is plenty deep for swimming or a boat. The sheltered cove warms up faster than the open water of the main lake.

The cottage and shore front have awesome views of the lake. Four large sliding glass doors wrap around the front and side of the cottage flooding the kitchen, dining and main living areas with sunlight and panoramic views of the lake and its central islands.

The spacious updated kitchen is fully equipped with all cooking and eating utensils, refrigerator, new coffee maker, new toaster, can opener, electric stove, new microwave, etc. for your home-cooked meals. The kitchen window over the sink looks out over the beach and cove.

The dining area just across the kitchen breakfast bar is surrounded by the sliding glass doors and has a country-style wooden table with seating for six.

The dining and main living areas have an open-beamed cathedral ceiling with a remote controlled ceiling fan and overhead dimmable lights, sofa, rocking chair, an overstuffed comfy chair for enjoying a favorite book, satellite TV, new DVD player (bring your favorite movies as I'm in the process of rebuilding my DVD library), and a wood stove for ambiance or taking the edge off any cool early or late-season nights. The cottage has a telephone landline for local calls and dial-up internet service. Your complete comfort and relaxation is assured.

The first bedroom has a new comfortable double bed with a large picture window looking out over the cove and its own satellite TV with remote, DVD player, and clock; the second bedroom has a bunk bed with a window looking out towards the woods behind the cottage, and there is a queen-sized pull-out sofa bed in the main living room next to the TV/DVD player and woodstove. Both bedrooms have a dresser, oscillating fan, nightstand(s) with lamp(s), a closet, and electric blankets (rarely needed) to stay cozy on cool nights. All pillows, pillow covers, and mattress covers are new for your comfort. The bathroom has another window facing the woods, the usual sink and toilet, a 3'X4' roomy shower with heated exhaust fan, and a storage closet. The cottage has a full-sized electric water heater to ensure plenty of hot water. The cottage interior is 700 square feet in size with plenty of space as you can see from the pictures. Four Adirondack chairs (cushions provided), a small cocktail table, and grill await you on the wrap-around deck facing the lake just outside the sliding glass doors.

Great Moose Lake is a mixed cold/warm water fishery, with excellent fishing and is even stocked with brown trout annually. Small and Large-mouth bass, white and yellow perch, and pickerel are also plentiful. Brook trout can be found in the colder tributaries of the lake and in numerous nearby streams and ponds.

If you have a canoe, kayak, or boat it can be safely launched, beached and tied up next to the cottage, but great fishing can be had right off the beach and the rocks in front of the cottage without the need for a boat. A public boat launch is just up the road on the lake. For sunning and swimming, the beach faces south into the sun and the cove is relatively shallow, so it tends to warm up quicker than the deeper main body of the lake out front. Great Moose Lake has one of the largest loon populations in the state and they are everywhere. They will greet you in the morning and serenade you to sleep at night. If you're lucky, you'll see fuzzy brown loon chicks riding on their parents' backs. Bald Eagles, King Fishers, and Ospreys also nest along the lake and are frequently spotted diving for fish. A beaver frequents the cove and painted turtles sun themselves on the rocks. A Pine Marten lives near the cottage and can sometimes be seen darting by.

Great Moose Lake truely is a tranquil get-away and you probably won't want to spend much time away from the cottage, but there are numerous beautiful destinations available nearby should you desire to take advantage of day trips.

Groceries, Netties (restaurant), Wright's General Store, a laundromat, auto repair, hardware, other services and supplies are just a short drive into the quiet town of Hartland. Larger stores and a greater selction can be found in nearby Pittsfield or Newport. There is a public municipal airport Pittsfield should you have your own plane and wish to fly in.

Baxter State Park, Acadia National Park, and the historic coastal towns of Belfast, Camden, Rockland, Searsport, Eastport, and Lubec all make for excellent day trips. Other nearby activities available in the area include: quaint restaurants; several golf courses; a microbrewery (Oak Tree); shopping; wilderness, hunting and fishing guide services; early-season white water rafting; hiking; exploring; camping; wildlife photography opportunities, etc. As far as outdoor activities are concerned, you name it and you can find it, but you may find that the peacefullness and serenity of the cottage and lake are all you need.

Keywords: 2 BR/1B cottage, Great Moose Lake, central maine, close to Waters Edge, private, tranquil cove, beautiful panaramic views, sandy beach, 365 feet of south facing shore front, sunsets, stars, wildlife, loons, fishing, boating, swimming, attractions nearby, peaceful, sunny, satelliteTV, DVD, internet, phone, woodstove, campfire pit, fully equiped modern kitchen, knotty pine interior, yard, weekly rental, perfect for families, non-smoking, no pets

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Steven Byrnes (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Steven Byrnes

I earned my degree in wildlife biology from the University of Maine at Orono in the 1980s, explored around the state and made some life-long friendships. I had to move back home to the New Jersey/ Pennsylvania area after college where I still live and work in the Environmental Field. I have always enjoyed the out of doors. I particularly enjoy golfing, hiking, skiing, fishing, canoeing, and just plain being outside. New England and Maine in particular have always been some of my favorite year-round destinations. The times I've spent on the lakes of Maine with my siblings, parents, children, extended family and friends are some of my best memories. 'Down time' off the grid, in the woods, at the lake is priceless and helps me keep things in perspective. The most important things in my life are health, happiness, friends, a good spiritual life, and my 2 grown children whom I never get to spend enough time with.

Steven Byrnes purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Steven Byrnes chose Great Moose Lake

I imagined having a lakefront get-away ever since our family summer vacations on Thompson Lake near Otisfield, ME in the late 1970s and 80s. After searching throughout New England for years, I was drawn back to Maine for several reasons, namely it's unique character, the people, solitude, old friends, and a persistent longing to get back to The North Woods. While in college in the 1970s I spent some time (in the dead of winter) on Great Moose Lake with a friend who owns property on the eastern shore. After a lot of looking and research, I decided to take a closer look here and I found this cottage on the southern shore of the lake and everything fell into place. The location had me from first sight. My family, friends and I spend as much time as possible at the cottage. When I retire I may even get another dog and this place will be my summertime Golden Pond.

Great Moose Lake is remote enough to provide the tranquility I look for, yet it's easy to get to and I am close enough to old friends that I can always get out to see them or have them visit. The cottage has enough room for visitors. Hartland is close to Baxter State Park and the Maine Coast, two more of my favorite places. Maine is a different place and a road less traveled, and there are lots of year-round things to do here....or you can just do nothing in this beautiful place.

What makes this cottage unique

I bought this cottage from a couple that had owned it for 29 years. It was an emotional experience for them to let go of it and the realization of a dream for me. I enjoy maintaining and working on the cottage and property to make it better for everyone, paddling and fishing around the lake's coves and islands, and having friends, family (and ultimately grand children) visit this special place. I recharge my batteries here and get away from the rat race. Sometimes it takes a day or two to get used to the solitude at the cottage and then it can be very difficuIt to leave after some time there. I find the lake and the call of the loons extremely soothing. Opening the cottage up for summer rentals allows me a some personal freedom and sharing this beautiful place with other families brings smiles to everyone.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)
Great Moose Lake Cottage in a Secluded Cove,Gradual Sandy Beach,fishing,Sunsets
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews
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Interesting Place

  • 4 of 5

I have been meaning to write a review of our family vacation last summer. We booked this location to meet up with others in the Forks for Whitewater Rafting. Also, Skowhegan was only 30 min away. Had dinner a few nights at Ken's Family Restaurant and played mini golf while eating ice cream at Gifford's. I will start by saying Steve is a great guy, thinking of every detail including the long rental agreement. We have stayed many a times in the Rangeley area never coming across a contract like that. He was pleasant to chat with and runs a nice cottage. It was a very quiet location, great for walks after dinner. If you stay during the 4th of July, there was a small boat parade in the Lake. First day we arrived, both my teen boys caught a good size Bass. Water was warm, but a bit more rocky than expected. There is a small beach area but be careful on the large boulders that are quite slippery. We wore and would recommend water shoes after a few falls. Everyday the wind kicked up on the Lake and drove us indoors. Campfires just wouldn't stay lit. We searched for wildlife, even taking the canoe out once, but, never saw much except for several turtles in the cove. The cottage itself really was quite a distance in from the main road. You should expect a 6-8 minute ride in and all dirt. Also bring mosquito spray! They were really bad after dark. Overall not a bad stay, just a bit to small for us and no dock to fish from. Didn't even think to check the listing on that. While staying, we located a lost ring and brought it to the owners attention. Steve was astonished and greatful, yet we never heard back to this day from the owners of the ring who had left a message in the guest book about it. Thats why you probably will not find a nicer guy to deal with than Steve. We thank him for the opportunity to have stayed here and hope him and the cottage the very best!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The Perfect Moment

  • 5 of 5

Since the 70's, my wife and I have spent some portion of every summer in Maine. For the last 3 Augusts we have stayed at Steve's Cove Point camp where we feel we have finally found our ideal place. We go to Maine for reasons probably different from most. We don't fish or hunt; we're not boaters; we don't even like s'mores! While Cove Point certainly offers a wealth of opportunities for a unique "camp experience," we are drawn there for the serenity, peace and the sheer beauty of this captivating setting. Here we can experience "the perfect moment" where time seems to stand still. It has become a type of sanctuary for us and helps restore our spirit. Others who seek a similar opportunity will surely find it here.

The location permits easy day trips to explore what Maine has to offer. The quaint charm of the coastal towns like Belfast or the grandeur of Moosehead Lake or the scenic Kennebec River valley are within easy reach. Yet returning back to Cover Point is always most gratifying.

Steve is without a doubt the best owner we have ever experienced. His attention to detail and the needs of his guests is exceptionable. He is truly concerned that our stay is outstanding and goes above and beyond to guarantee that. His love of Cove Point is always obvious and he instills that same feeling in us. It is hard to leave Cove Point; we always look forward to our return. Thanks Steve for sharing your bonnie, bonnie place with us!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being a part of Cove Point. I will not even attempt to add to your words.
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5

Truly Relaxing & Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough about our stay at this beautiful lake. The cabin was clean, comfortable, and nicely furnished. We enjoyed the beautiful weather, cool nights and warm days. The lake was beautiful for swimming, canoeing, and just relaxing watching the sun go down. We had a terrific time & can't wait for another chance to come stay at your cabin! Thanks so much for your warm hospitality in making sure we had everything we needed to enjoy our week!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying and I'm glad the cottage and lake meet all your expectations. I usually call during your stay to make sure you're comfortable and have everything you need. Steve
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New Jersey
5

Can't Wait to Go Back!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about our week in this cottage was perfect. The home itself had everything we needed, and no pictures could every truly do it justice - it exceeded our every expectation. The lake is absolutely stunning, and the cottage is charming and cozy. Our kids enjoyed playing in the sandy beach area every day, and the temperature of the water made it so that they were comfortable in the water, even on cooler days. Fishing off of the rocks and the beach kept them occupied and entertained at night. We enjoyed taking the canoe out to explore the lake and islands, and the deck provided the perfect spot for relaxing during the day and star gazing at night. A loon family was our constant soundtrack for the week, and we even spotted a bald eagle each day on the lake. The owner really takes care of this place and ensured that our stay was perfect, right down to the little touches like having maps available for exploring and ensuring a flash light is in every room in case of power failure (even in two very strong thunderstorms, neither power nor satellite went out.) This spot was wonderfully secluded, but a short drive from other places of interest (we drove out to the Bangor State Fair in about 45 minutes.) I can't say enough wonderful things about our week long retreat. If you want to get away from it all and relax with your family, this is the place for you. We can't wait to begin planning our return trip next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming and I look forward to seeing you next summer. Steve
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Pennsylvania
5

Wonderful vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great and relaxing time at the cabin! The setting is beautiful and the cabin itself is nice and cozy. Our first morning, we were woken up by the call of the Loons right outside the bedroom window! We enjoyed fishing and relaxing all week, with an occasional sightseeing trip. If you are looking for a place to get away from it all for a while, I highly recommend this cabin. The cabin is a bit off the beaten path, which we liked, but is still within a relatively short distance to town making grocery shopping, etc. convenient. The owner has a notebook in the cabin with all the information you need about the local area and other things to see and do, which was a nice reference. The owner was an absolute pleasure to deal with, and we're considering going back again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm very pleased you had an enjoyable stay. As you indicated, it is off the beaten track and peacefull, yet close enough to any stores, necessities, or daytrip destinations. The wildlife at the cottage do make for nice company. I'm happy you found me easy to work with. I try to go out of my way for my guests and I'm always open to comments or suggestions. Thank you very much for your nice review and I hope to see you again.
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Caseyville, il
5

the perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

I want to first say thank you so much for giving my family an opportunity to stay in your beautiful cabin. It was absolutely breath taking to walk in the door and the first thing we saw was the gorgeous lake surrounding the property. My kids loved swimming and fishing and i didnt feel nervous about them enjoying the water because of the shallow egdes which turned out perfect. I would recommend this cabin to anyone. The owner was very nice and extremely detail oriented which allowed us to have a more relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing to stay here. I love the view too. The closeness to the lake and the large windows make me feel "on the lake" all the time. You traveled very far at considerable expense and I didn't want to let you down. Your comments let me know I'm successfully meeting my guests' expectations and then some. That's my goal!
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Bangor International Airport
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Palmyra
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Interstate 95 Maine Turnpike
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Hartland and Newport
Car: necessary

Additional activities include walking, hiking, exploring, camping, wildlife photography, bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, sunning; fall foliage is breathtaking; great fishing for small and large mouth bass, white and yellow perch, pickerel, stocked brown trout, brook trout in tributaries, bass and pickerel fishing very good right off rocks in front of cottage; guide services nearby, scenic and historic Maine Coastal towns, Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park within a short drive for excellent day trips; Great Moose Lake is about 3 hours north of Boston, one hour from Augusta and Bangor, and only 20-25 minutes off exit 150 of the Maine Turnpike/Route 95 (Pittsfield exit); groceries, gas, laundromat, post office, hardware store, bank, other necessities and supplies available within 10 minutes in close-by, quaint town of Hartland; Walmart, Marine Store, and larger hardware store 30 minutes away in Newport; Great Moose Lake is perfectly located between the southern edge of the remote North Maine Woods and small towns to the south and east.. Everything for you to relax and unwind is here.

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Rates & Availability

Hartland Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Pre-Season
May 28 2017 - Jun 3 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$725
 
 
Early Season
Jun 4 2017 - Jul 1 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$775
 
 
Peak Season
Jul 2 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$950
 
 
Late Season
Sep 3 2017 - Oct 7 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$725
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.0%

Please note my cottage books Sunday to Sunday. Cleanliness of my home for my guests is very important and Sunday is when my housekeeper is available. I accept personal checks by mail to avoid charging my guests the 3% on-line booking fee and to help avoid cybertheft. On-line booking has proven to be no faster than personal checks when payment clearing in the banks is taken into consideration. After I receive your initial reservation request, at a mutually convenient time, I may call to introduce myself and answer any further questions you may have. As you can see from reviews, I am very responsive to my guests concerns and needs.

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Amenities

Hartland Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Dialup Access ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large 3'X4' shower,med. cabinet,closet,heated exhaustfan
  • Large shower with 4' lip, heated exhaust fan, new shower curtain every year, standard toilet and sink, linen closet, towel racks/hooks, medicine cabinet, first aid supplies under sink, linoleum floor, area rug, wooded view out window (privacy).
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Elec. blanket,pillows,comforter,TV/DVD,dresser,closet,views.
    Convertible bed(s) main living area - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Fold-out sofa, elec.blanket,TV/DVD,wood stove,lake view,fan.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , 1 twin bunk bed,elec. blankets,pillows,dresser,closet,lamp.
  • New Double Bed (1) Main bedroom, 2nd satellite TV/DVD with remote, dresser, closet, electric blanket, comforter, new mattress pad, pillows and pillow covers, Queen-sized sleep sofa (1) in main room near cozy wood stove, with ceiling fan, TV/DVD, electric blanket., Bunk Beds (1) in second bedroom. Electric blankets, new mattress pads, pillows, and pillow covers.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Modern Kitchen fully equiped with all cooking and eating utensils, 4 large sliding glass doors wrap around dining table (seats 4-6) and main living area for panoramic views of the lake, open beamed ceiling, ceiling fan, property wraps around a point facing west and south for warm sun and beautiful sunsets, views of both main bodies of the lake and its central islands, yard with room for outdoor games, deck and fire pit close to lake's edge, adirondack chairs, hammock, both bedrooms have extra blankets, a dresser, nightstand(s) with lamp(s), and nightlight/clock, main bedroom has it's own satellite TV/DVD with remote and a large window looking out over quiet cove, cottage is VERY CLOSE TO THE WATER on a small sheltered cove with a shallow sandy beach great for wading & swimming, cove is relatively shallow so it warms up quickly yet plenty deep for your boat, public boat launch is just up the road, loons are all over, bald eagles are common, moose are occassionally seen in the area

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