Nature House: Cottages & Cabins in Nature to Rent

Are you a nature-lover committed to sustainability or just like to go off-the-beaten-path? Then this collection of unique cottages and cabins in nature from Nature House will be a breath of fresh air.

Cabin in the Woods Beaulieu-Auvergne-France
Cabin in the Woods | Beaulieu Auvergne, France

CONTENTS: In this article, you will discover

What is Nature-House?

Nature-House helps travelers find unique properties to rent within natural settings. Founders Tim and Luuk van Oerle wanted to provide others with an escape from daily stresses to peaceful experiences in nature.

By partnering with like-minded homeowners around the world, they created Nature-House. Here, anyone can book dream accommodations close to nature online for just a few nights or up to three weeks at a time.

Villa in Cortona - Tuscany, Italy
Hillside Villa with a pool in Cortona | Tuscany, Italy
Rental by the Water in Taglio Isolaccio - Corsica, France (Nature.House)
Waterview rental in Taglio Isolaccio |Corsica, France
Overlooking the mountains and valley in Klobenstein - Tirol, Italy
Breathtaking views of the valley and mountain range in Klobenstein | Tirol, Italy

The concept is like an Airbnb or VRBO for nature-lovers—but better. Not only is each property incredible, but for each night you rent in a Nature House, they plant a tree.

Cottages & Cabins in Nature

As a nature-lover myself, I swoon over many of the properties listed at Nature.House. Some are in the woods, others nestled within the mountains or the valley below, but all are unique.

My favorite properties are waterfront.

Besides cottages and cabins in nature, you’ll find holiday homes, glamping accommodations, agriturismo, bungalows, B&B’s, and luxury accommodations.

Need space for a multi-generational getaway? You’ll even find group accommodations.

Many are pet-friendly and some offer swimming pools.

Rental in the mountains of Giungano - Campania, Italy | Nature House
Large villa in the mountains of Giungano | Campania, Italy

Here are some samples in the heart of nature from the Nature-House collection:

  • A fully outfitted yurt along the river’s edge
  • A chic chalet beneath snowcapped mountains
  • A light and breezy apartment just steps from an azure ocean
  • An actual treehouse on high
  • A rustic hikers cabin in the pines
  • A house floating on a pristine lake
Rental in Alberobello with pool - Apulia, Italy
A poolside trullo rental in Alberobello | Apulia, Italy
Interior of rental cottage in Cisternino - Apulia, Italy
Interior of a villa in Cisternino | Apulia, Italy

What Makes A Property A Nature House?

Nature-House properties must meet specific criteria for acceptance in their collection. Each property must be:

  • Set in nature or beautiful surroundings
  • Not part of a large holiday park
  • Away from the masses

Most properties are eco-friendly.

You’ll find the sustainability features highlighted for each listing, in addition to plenty of photos, a location map, and amenities.

Where Do I Find Cottages & Cabins in Nature?

You can browse over 10,000 Nature-House listings worldwide throughout Europe, covering more than fifty (50) countries and twenty-five (25) popular regions.

The online booking site makes it easy to narrow down your choices by location, type of experience, amenities, and other search filters.

The most popular destinations for cottages and cabins include:

  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
Large brick home in Heucourt-Croquoison - Picardie, France | Nature.House
Nature House in Heucourt-Croquoison | Picardie, France

The Social Impact of Nature-House 

I often think about the negative effects my traveling may have on the world from an ecological standpoint.

So, one thing I especially love about Nature-House is their commitment to the environment.

Here’s what I mean.

For every night you stay, Nature-House plants a tree.

Wait, it gets even better.

In addition, Nature-House plants ten (10) trees for referrals through your account, one (1) tree for creating a guest account, and one (1) tree for subscribing to their newsletter.

They plant the trees in Antsanitia, Madagascar to help restore deforestation.

Why Madagascar? That’s where it is possible to make the biggest impact on CO2 reduction and greening of the landscape.

According to Nature-House, each tree planted offsets the C02 emissions of about 55 miles of car travel.

These trees will form new mangrove forests for many threatened animal species, flora, and fauna. Doing so also provides hundreds of residents with work, also contributing to Madagascar’s economy.

Lemur in Madagascar
Planting trees in Antsanita, Madagascar helps provide habitats for threatened species

Nature-House’s goal is to plant at least one million trees by 2021. [Check out how many trees planted to date. Wow!]

In 2019, Nature-House added two new partnerships to plant trees in Tanzania (Trees.org) and Burkina Faso (BirdLife International) as well.

So, renting with them makes me feel more socially responsible in a small way.

Chalet the mountains in Gsies - Tirol, Italy | Nature-House
Breathtaking views in Gsies | Tirol, Italy
Natuurhuisje in Bathmen - Overijssel, The Netherlands
Natuurhuisje in Bathmen | Overijssel, The Netherlands
Unique properties in Pottenstein - Bayern, Germany
Unique properties in Pottenstein | Bayern, Germany
Night scene in Wapserveen - Drenthe, The Netherlands
Night shot in Wapserveen | Drenthe, The Netherlands

Travel Like a Local in a Faraway Place

What I also like about these off-the-beaten-path properties is that they give travelers an opportunity to experience life in a destination like a local. 

In my experience, the most desirable vacation properties get scooped up by word-of-mouth before they even hit the market. Nature-House gives you online access to them.

Family rental property, cottages and cabins in nature
Property set in nature in Vierhouten | Gelderland, The Netherlands

What’s Included in a Nature House?

Each property is equipped for living comfortably during your vacation.

And the online listings are easy to use with a robust filtering system to find just the right fit for you and your family or travel partners.

Underground house in Saint m'hervé - Bretagne, France
Unique rental in Saint m’hervé | Bretagne, France

Besides plenty of photos and details like how many it sleeps and the cooking facilities, you can even look on the map to see the exact property location.

Some Nature-House hosts offer transportation, access to a vehicle for off-roading, or even provide personal limousine service.

Be sure to check out the property reviews to get a better sense of what to expect.

As someone who loves nature and often looks for off-beat places, these unique experiences in nature are a perfect fit for me.

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Vacation Cottages & Cabins

What is most impressive to me is the listing information about the property’s sustainability.

Here is an example of the measures one home takes to be environmentally conscious.

Sustainability features of a rental

Some properties make small eco-conscious contributions, such as using environmentally friendly cleaning agents.

Others have fully committed to the value of sustainability with solar panels, reclaimed water, and environmentally safe building materials.

The Nature-House app makes it easy to filter by these criteria, so you control your impact while traveling.

Plus, renting through Nature-House balances the reassurance of dealing with a bigger company with the personalization of a private rental.

Sustainable House, cottages and cabins in nature
Eco-friendly property in Dalälvan | Zuid, Sweden

How to Book a Vacation in Nature

Once you find your perfect nature getaway, simply use the online system to book your stay.

The payment terms differ per private landlord, but you can arrange payment directly or through Nature-House. (They typically require a 30% deposit with the balance paid six-weeks before travel.)

Cancellations are pro-rated and 100% within 24 hours of booking.

Optional cancellation insurance is available.

Please see the website for full details.

Ocean view in Vendicari (the view) - Sicily, Italy
An ocean view in Vendicari | Sicily, Italy

The Experiential Travel Value

How do you put a price on the experiential value of these unique properties?

Wildlife encounters.

Communing with nature.

Disconnecting from the hustle-and-bustle of busy cities and communal living.

The unadulterated beauty of the natural world around us.

The experience of being set within the wilderness and living more closely with the earth.

Introspection and reconnecting with loved ones.

Priceless.

Glamping tent | cottages and cabins in nature
Glamping in Viroinval |Namur, Belgium
Tent by the river in Papenvoort - Drenthe, The Netherlands
Camping along the river in Papenvoort | Drenthe, The Netherlands
Inside glamping tent in Papenvoort (interior) - Drenthe, The Netherlands
Interior of Glamping tent in Papenvoor |Drenthe, The Netherlands

Conclusion

With all the urban apartments, mega-hotels, and cluster housing in the world, I most often prefer an experience closer to nature like Nature-House offers.

In the words of the famous nature-lover and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau, “let us not destroy the earth, rather live in harmony with it.” 

 I couldn’t agree more.

How about you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Resources

Nature House

Browse Properties: Nature.House
Instagram: @nature.house
Tel: +31 85 888 3337

Takkebijsters 15
4817 BL Breda
The Netherlands

BirdLife International

Website: BirdLife International
Tel: +44 (0)1223 277 318
Email: [email protected]

Global Office:
The David Attenborough Building, 1st Floor
Pembroke Street
Cambridge, CB2 3QZ, UNITED KINGDOM

Eden Project

Website: Eden Project
Tel: +1 (626) 872-3770
Email: [email protected]

303 W Foothill Blvd, Unit 13
Glendora, CA 91741

Twitter: @EDEN_REFOREST
Facebook: FACEBOOK.COM/EDENREFORESTATIONPROJECTS

Trees.org

Website: Trees.org
Tel: +1 301 565-0630
Email: [email protected]

1400 Spring St. Suite 150
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Jackie Gately

Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.

46 thoughts on “Nature House: Cottages & Cabins in Nature to Rent

  • February 25, 2020 at 10:21 am
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    Oh my! I had no idea that there was such a company, and I love that they have 10k listings. What a great way to find a place to get away from it all. And the fact that they have a charitable angle to help the environment? I’m so there!! Thanks for letting me know about this!

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  • February 24, 2020 at 3:01 am
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    This is my type of vacation. These cottages are so lovely. I can imagine myself spending time here for weeks. Happy to know that they put a resource like this making it easier to find the perfect nature-house. Checking this out. Thank you for sharing.

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  • February 22, 2020 at 12:57 pm
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    Great list and great tips. I have always had this picture of staying in a cabin surrounded by thick nature. I have never booked a night or stayed in any of nature cabin and since I am traveling to Sweden in a couple of months I guess I would have to get myself a nature cabin in Sweden.

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    • February 23, 2020 at 10:25 am
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      Thanks, Daniel. I bet if you tried a stay in nature you would love the experience! Sweden would be amazing.

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  • February 22, 2020 at 11:06 am
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    What a wonderful idea! I admittedly struggle with some guilt about my part in the eco system through my travels. The Nature House concept would be a way to reduce this. Its amazing that they are planting trees in Madagascar as well. I think I am in love with this concept. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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    • February 23, 2020 at 10:26 am
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      I am in love with this concept as well! Happy to introduce you to the idea.

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  • February 21, 2020 at 10:23 pm
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    Stay experiences should be as close to nature as possible, that is what I look forward from a vacation. The requirement for multi-generational getaway is in demand these days. And it is so thoughtful of hosts to offer transportation, access to a vehicle for off-roading. I was impressed to know that Nature-House app makes it easy to filter vacation places by property’s sustainability – this is so unique!

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    • February 22, 2020 at 7:54 am
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      It really is so unique! Personally I’d love to see more rental properties held accountable for sustainable travel like this.

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  • February 21, 2020 at 5:46 pm
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    I’ve never heard about nature house before. We live in Belgium (also Bulgaria), and it’s great to know that we can book some of them here in Belgium. These properties are unique. As a nature lover, I would definitely love to stay in one of these places. For renting each night means a new tree: this is incredible 🙂

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    • February 22, 2020 at 7:55 am
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      Good to know you will look to Nature-House in the future! Let’s get those trees planted. 😀

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  • February 21, 2020 at 4:37 pm
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    Wow this site seems really cool! I love staying in nature so I’m sure there’s so many places I would love to stay on there. I’m definitely going to check it out for future trips.

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    • February 22, 2020 at 7:56 am
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      Great! Happy to hear Nature-House is on your radar now.

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  • February 21, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    As a nature lover, I love such wooden solutions. The nature houses look fabulous. It must be beautiful to wake up among trees, greenery, and listen to birds. Unfortunately, these solutions cost usually more, but it’s worth paying more for this peace and contact with nature. The most important that it is eco-friendly. I think it is an excellent idea for a romantic weekend to stay in a nature house.

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    • February 22, 2020 at 7:57 am
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      I’ve found many of the homes close to nature to be very affordable. Enjoy your romantic getaway!

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  • February 21, 2020 at 7:01 am
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    An accommodation in the woods would be my dream destination any day. These properties that I see here are so beautiful It surely adds an extra dimension to the happiness quotient.

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    • February 21, 2020 at 8:38 am
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      I think you are absolutely correct! Hard not to be happy so close to nature, in my opinion. 😀

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  • February 18, 2020 at 10:10 pm
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    This is such a great idea. I have always wondered where to go to find unique, nature-centered properties that are also eco-friendly. I really hope they decide to expand from Europe to include other countries. I would love to stay in a yurt or a treehouse! Oh, and any company that plants trees in such a smart way is always on my list.

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    • February 19, 2020 at 9:31 am
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      You’re in luck, Nicole! While primarily in Europe, you can find Nature Houses all over the world using the search bar. (There are even a few in the US!) I have a feeling this is really going to catch on, so stay tuned…

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  • February 17, 2020 at 6:49 pm
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    Sometimes we do like to get away from it all. So a cabin in the woods sound delightful. I never knew about Nature-House and that they had unique properties nestled in nature. My choice would be waterfront properties as well. I am a water baby! Good to know that one of the criteria for listing is that the properties have sustainability features. So cool that Nature-House plants trees when you book a property! Or refer someone. Next time I want to escape I may have to look them up.

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    • February 18, 2020 at 8:27 am
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      Isn’t it great that they list the sustainability features? I’m glad to hear you will consider Nature-House for future travels.

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  • February 17, 2020 at 3:35 pm
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    What a cool idea! I love that these are sustainable places to stay and something way different than what I’d normally opt for. I love finding new places to stay as this can really impact how immersed I feel into the trip.

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    • February 18, 2020 at 8:27 am
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      Staying at a house set in nature would definitely be a great immersive experience!

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  • February 16, 2020 at 7:21 pm
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    I am very much in favour of sustainable tourism, so this sounds perfect. So many places suffer from over tourism now, but this company seems to be making an effort not just to mitigate against this but to put something back. The actual accommodation options they offer sound wonderful – a real opportunity to experience the natural world. Not sure why I have not heard of them before so thank you for putting me in the picture.

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    • February 16, 2020 at 9:22 pm
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      Jane, I couldn’t agree more. It’s so refreshing to see a company giving back in this way and so aligned with nature. I’m glad to hear you will look to them as an option for your future travel plans.

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  • February 16, 2020 at 2:54 pm
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    Hi Jackie

    Thanks sooo much for sharing this cool find. Nature house is exactly my favorite accommodation style. I’ve tried to find them in Airbnb but it’s really hard to sift through. I’m absolutely rushing nature houses next time!
    I’m heading to tree houses in Oregon with my girlfriends soon. I’m so excited.

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    • February 16, 2020 at 4:52 pm
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      That’s great! Happy to share an easier way to find them! Have fun in Oregon!

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  • February 16, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    First time I heard of a nature house. What a fabulous concept. And they plant a tree for each night booked. I would love to try one in France or Italy, a houseboat on a pristine lake.

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  • February 16, 2020 at 12:20 am
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    Love the fact that so many of these properties are eco-friendly and champion sustainability! I’m definitely going to consider them for a future travel adventure.

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    • February 16, 2020 at 9:14 am
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      That is one of the things I love about Nature-House, too!

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  • February 15, 2020 at 4:57 pm
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    These are sooooo cool! And I can totally imagine them built into the areas near where I used to live in the Netherlands or the places I’ve visited in Sweden. Thanks for sharing!

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    • February 15, 2020 at 5:09 pm
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      You’re welcome! There are some really unusual and interesting options!

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  • February 15, 2020 at 3:11 pm
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    I love this idea to help promote sustainable travel! I think it will do all of us a lot of good to get out into nature as well! Especially in spots like these! (:

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    • February 15, 2020 at 4:08 pm
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      Me too! And I really believe nature has such restorative power.

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  • February 15, 2020 at 11:59 am
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    I absolutely LOVE this! We are huge being in nature fans and I really appreciate that they plant a tree for every night you stay. It’s things like this that really make a difference in our world.
    I had no idea about Nature House and I will most definitely be looking into staying in one on our next trip!!

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    • February 15, 2020 at 4:11 pm
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      I’m glad you will be looking to Nature House and helping to make a difference–plus, they really have some great properties!

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  • February 15, 2020 at 11:08 am
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    My husband would love this kind of holiday! He is not a fan of crowds or cities, so when we’re deciding on places to go, it’s always a compromise. I think we’d both enjoy staying in a little cottage or cabin away from it all.

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    • February 15, 2020 at 4:12 pm
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      I’m glad this presents an option you will both enjoy!

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  • February 15, 2020 at 11:00 am
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    I’m in the middle of a real log cabin, forests and mountains addiction at the moment and I think Nature House will be just the thing to help with that addiction ha!

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  • February 15, 2020 at 10:42 am
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    What a fantastic idea! We too are very conscious of travelling responsibly and we love being amongst nature. I’m definitely going to check this out. Thanks for the recommendation.

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