1896 House Country Inn

910 Cold Spring Road , Williamstown, MA 01267 USA (Show map)

About

The 1896 House property consists of our traditional Brookside and Pondside rooms, as well as our Barnside luxury suites. A free hot breakfast buffet is included with all Brookside and Pondside rooms, while a special candlelight breakfast is included with all luxury suites. For your convenience, all rooms have free wi-fi. Our guest rooms at Brookside have a distinctive New England cabin feel with rocking chairs out front. Our property is dotted with Adirondack chairs so that you can relax near the babbling brook. Pondside rooms offer bright country cottage décor and are situated alongside a lovely duck pond with a stone footbridge and tall evergreens. Barnside luxury suites have a spacious front porch with wicker furniture, perfect for enjoying the warmer months. Don't miss our cozy '6 House Pub located on property! The pub offers an extensive menu in a restored milking barn built in 1896! Enjoy breezy patio seating in season or warm up by our fire pit in colder months. Though our property is rural and peaceful, we are just a short drive from many activities such as The Clark Museum, Mass MOCA, The Norman Rockwell Museum, The Bennington Museum, Williams College, Jiminy Peak Ski Resort, Bromley Mountain Ski Resort, the Williamstown Theater Festival, Tanglewood, Mount Greylock, Taconic Golf Course, Waubeeka Golf course, hiking trails, bike trails, local farms, and more

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Overall
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  • Guest room3.8
  • Service4.0
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Onsite Dining4.0

Comfortable Fall Getaway

4.8 on October 26, 2015

I enjoy the off the beaten path motels on the by-ways of the northeast and this one was quite wonderful both in terms of the setting and the quality of the property. From the babbling brook to the quaint rooms with the nice new bath, and a great on-site restaurant...it was perfect...a wonderful value! I'll return next year.


Nice B&B Off the Beaten Path

4.8 on October 12, 2015

We had an reserved an upgraded suite and it DID NOT DISAPPOINT. Very nice. Great food in the morning. Only problem was that cell coverage was almost non-existent. I have Verizon. My wife has Sprint. Neither worked at this location. The Berkshires are lovely but this is not a working vacation area. That could be good or bad depending on what you want. FYI


Would Not Recommend

1.2 on October 06, 2015

The moment we opened the door to the Pondside room, we were greeted with a moldy, musty smell. The room's heater was not working properly, so we were roasting through the night, even when we had the thermostat set at 58 degrees. The complimentary breakfast was sub-par, and the water that came out of the hot water pitcher was dirty. About the only thing nice that I can say for the place is that they had plenty of towels. By the way, the staff lock up before the 9:30pm time that is posted on the reception door.


A nice place to stay.

4.0 on September 11, 2015

I visited the 1896 Country Inn with 3 of my friends for a birthday get-away weekend. Our focus was on being out and about and not paying too much for a hotel. We chose the room with 2 full size beds. The beds were firm (no rolling into the middle) and there were adequate blankets to suit all needs. The room was clean but not with an up to date decor. The bath was adequate and the shower provided hot water for all of us. It is in a lovely setting, a bit back from a busy road. You'd hardly know the road was there. Very quiet sleeping at night. The breakfast, included with our room, had waffles, eggs, bacon, bagels, yogurt and more. The loveliest thing was that the kitchen made non-dairy eggs for one of my friends who is lactose intolerant. They could only do this one morning of our stay, however, as someone was not available the second morning. We did mention to the front desk the need for non-dairy options (and vegetarian). All in all, we were pleased with our stay and would return. Not a place if you need spacious, up to date accommodations, but very nice and comfortable for the lower cost room we had.


Typical motel

3.2 on August 22, 2015

Stayed here just one night and was slightly disappointed. We did not arrive until 4:00 pm. The desk clerk on duty was charming and very helpful. We were directed to our room which was across the street only to find our room had not been cleaned, I returned to the Office and the young woman spoke to the Manager who was there but never came out top speak to me. We left our number and went out to explore the town. An hour and half later we still had not heard from them. We went back only to be called as we drove into the parking lot. Did not get the warm and fuzzy feeling every one raved about on the reviews. There is a Restaurant and Pub attached to the property we did not go, would have thought for the inconvenience of our room not ready they might have offered up a free drink. Included breakfast was only okay.


A charming, comfortable overnight

3.6 on August 06, 2015

We stayed in one of the motel units and found it very comfortable and relaxing. The setting, along a woodsy stream and set back from the road, was delightful. The breakfast buffet was appreciated; it was adequate, nothing fancy. Supper at the pub restaurant was so-so at best. We liked the convenience of not having to get in the car and head back out for supper, but there are plenty of other, much better dining options in Williamstown.


Great one night getaway

4.0 on July 06, 2015

Great room, the pub tavern was very charming and the outdoor fire patio was perfect for an after dinner drink.


Adequate, quiet and comfortable lodging

3.0 on July 08, 2013

We stayed on a wild rainy night but were cozy and comfortable in our room. The room was clean and nicely appointed. Breakfast was an expanded version of a continental breakfast one finds in most chain hotels these days.


Oasis is a fast passed world

4.4 on April 11, 2013

My husband and I haave traveled a great deal and our favorite spot to go back to is the 1896 House Brookside. We are greeted by the staff as though we are family. Our room is always neat and clean and the breakfast room/food is scrumptious . We have met many guests from Europe and other parts of this country. They all say the same thing. This place is an "oasis". Our feeling too!


Clean, cozy and cute!

4.2 on September 05, 2012

I made my rsvn online and when my mother and I arrived, we were both very pleased with how clean the room was (Pondside rooms). Very well maintained, comfy, and nice! The friendly ducks and geese who live on the nearby pond were an added bonus. We had dinner and breakfast the next morning at '6 House, the restaurant affiliated with the motel. Mom had the beer-battered scallops and fries, I had the lobster salad entree. Delicious! We spent quite a lot of time reading the menu (provided in the information binder in our room) -- the menu was extensive and it ALL looked really good. We wished we could have had more meals there! Breakfast the next morning was plentiful and good: fluffy scrambled eggs, bacon, assorted cereals and breads, yogurt and fruits, juice, GOOD coffee! We would definitely stay there again.


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Rooms & Rates

Sweetheart Room P-16

Pondside Motel. Small but cozy! Romantic Canopy Queen Bed. Whirlpool Tub for 2. Coffeemaker. WIFI! Lovely Setting by Pond with Ducks! Heated Outdoor Pool. First level. Complimentary continental breakfast. Great Pub on property!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $104 - $172

Luxury Suite S-201

Formal & Handsome. Colonial Antiques & Decor. Draped King Canopy Bed, Whirlpool Bath for 2, Gas Fireplace in BR, 2 TV's, Dressing Room, Equipped Kitchenette, Dining Table, Living Area. DVD/CD, 2-line phone, WIFI, iron/board. Full candlelight breakfast.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

$199 - $359

Luxury Suite S-202

Smallest & Coziest Suite with Oak Antiques. Romantic King Canopy Bed, Whirlpool Bath for Two, Huge Shower, Gas Fireplace, 27" Cable TV, CD/DVD, Dressing Room, Queen Sofabed, 2-line phone, WIFI, iron/board. Full candlelight breakfast. Accessible Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

$199 - $359

Luxury Suite S-203

Formal and Elegant Federal Period Decor. Four Poster King Bed, Whirlpool Bath for Two, Gas Fireplace, Dressing Room, Combination Living Room/Bedroom. 27" Cable TV, CD/DVD, 2-line phone, WIFI, iron & board. Full candlelight breakfast.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

$199 - $359

Luxury Suite S-204

Large & Nostalgic. Featuring Walnut Antiques & Fainting Couch. King "Sleeping Beauty" Bed. Dual Whirlpool Bath, Gas Fireplace, Dressing Room, 27" Cable TV, CD/DVD, Refrigerator, 2-line phone, WIFI, iron/board. Full candlelight breakfast.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Luxury Suite S-205

Grand & Colorful English Country w/ Unusual Pine Antiques. King (slightly shorter than standard king) Canopy Bed. Queen Sofabed. Whirlpool Bath for 2, Gas Fireplace, Dressing Room, 27 "Cable TV, CD/DVD, Refrigerator, 2-line phone WIFI, iron/board.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

$199 - $359

Empire Luxury Suite S-206

Impressive Posh & Regal with Antiques of the Napoleonic Era. Draped King Canopy Bed. Whirlpool Bath for 2, Gas Fireplace, Dressing Room, 27" Cable TV, CD/DVD, Refrigerator, 2-line phone, WIFI, iron/board. Full Candlelight breakfast.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

$199 - $359

Cozy Country King B-103

Brookside Motel, King Canopy Bed, Whirlpool Tub for 2, Electric Parlor Stove, 32" Flat Screen TV, Colonial Decor, Lovely Brookside Setting, Footbridges, Gazebo & Gardens, Porch w/Rocking Chairs, Complimentary continental breakfast. 1st level. Free WIFI!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Cozy Country King B-104

Brookside Motel, King Canopy Bed, Whirlpool Tub for 2, Electric Parlor Stove, 32" Flat Screen TV, Colonial Decor, Lovely Brookside Setting, Footbridges, Gazebo & Gardens, Porch w/Rocking Chairs, Complimentary continental breakfast. 1st level. Free WIFI!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Traditional Doubles B-101

2 Double Beds. Cozy Colonial Decor. Small tub/shower combo. Coffeemaker -Brookside Setting. Footbridges,Gazebo,Gardens.View of Woods. Porch w/Rocking Chairs. Park in front. 1st level. Complimentary continental breakfast. Quiet Central Air. WIFI.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Traditional Doubles B-102

2 Double Beds. Cozy Colonial Decor. Shower. Coffeemaker, Data Port, Brookside Setting. Footbridges, Gazebo, Gardens. View of Woods. Porch w/ Rocking Chairs. Park in front. First level. Complimentary continental breakfast. Quiet Central Air. WIFI!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Traditional Doubles B-105

2 Double Beds. Cozy Colonial Decor. Shower. Coffeemaker, Data Port, Brookside Setting. Footbridges, Gazebo, Gardens. View of Woods. Porch w/ Rocking Chairs. Park in front. First level. Complimentary continental breakfast. Quiet Central Air. WIFI!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Traditional Doubles B-106

2 Double Beds. Cozy Colonial Decor. Shower. Coffeemaker, Brookside Setting. Footbridges, Gazebo, Gardens. View of Woods. Porch w/Rocking Chairs. Park in front. First level. Complimentary continental breakfast. Quiet Central Air. WIFI! Great Restaurant!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Traditional Queen B-107

1 Queen Bed. Cozy Colonial Decor. New bathroom/shower only. Coffeemaker, Brookside Setting. Footbridges, Gazebo, Gardens. View of Woods. Porch w/Rocking Chairs. Park in front. 1st level. Complimentary continental breakfast. Central Air. WIFI! Great Pub!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Traditional Queen B-108

1 Queen Bed. Cozy Colonial Decor. Shower. Coffeemaker, Data Port, Brookside Setting. Footbridges, Gazebo, Gardens. View of Woods. Porch w/ Rocking Chairs. Park in front. 1st level. Complimentary continental breakfast. Quiet Central Air. WIFI! Great Restaurant.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Traditional Doubles B-109

2 Double Beds. Cozy Colonial Decor. Tub/Shower. Coffeemaker, Brookside Setting. Footbridges, Gazebo, Gardens. View of Woods. Porch w/ Rocking Chairs. Park in front. First level. Complimentary continental breakfast. WIFI! Great Restaurant!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Traditional Doubles B-110

2 Double Beds. Cozy Colonial Decor. Tub/Shower. Coffeemaker, Brookside Setting. Footbridges,Gazebo,Gardens. View of Woods. Porch w/ Rocking Chairs. Park in front. 1st level. Complimentary continental breakfast. Quiet Central Air. WIFI! Great Restaurant.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Traditional Queens B-111

2 Queen Beds. Cozy Colonial Decor. Tub/Shower. Coffeemaker, Brookside Setting. Footbridges, Gazebo, Gardens. View of Woods. Porch w/ Rocking Chairs. Park in front. 1st Level. Complimentary continental breakfast. Quiet Central Air. WIFI! Great Restaurant.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Traditional Queens B-112

2 Queen Beds. Cozy Colonial Decor. Tub/Shower. Coffeemaker, Brookside Setting. Footbridges,Gazebo,Gardens. View of Woods. Porch w/ Rocking Chairs. Park in front. 1st level. Complimentary continental breakfast. Quiet Central Air. WIFI! Great Restaurant!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Traditional Queens B-114

2 Queens Beds. Cozy Colonial Decor. Tub/Shower. Coffeemaker, Brookside Setting. Footbridges, Gazebo, Gardens. View of Woods. Porch w/ Rocking Chairs. Park in front. 1st level. Complimentary continental breakfast. Quiet Central Air. WIFI! Great Restaurant!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Traditional Queens B-115

2 Queen Beds. Cozy Colonial Decor. Tub/Shower. Coffeemaker, Brookside Setting. Footbridges,Gazebo,Gardens. View of Woods. Porch w/Rocking Chairs. Park in front. 1st level. Complimentary continental breakfast. Quiet Central Air. WIFI! Great Pub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Country King B-116

One King bed. Cozy Colonial Decor. JacuzziTub/Shower. Coffeemaker, Brookside Setting. Footbridges, Gazebo, Gardens. View of Woods. Porch w/ Rocking Chairs. Park in front. 1st level. Complimentary continental breakfast. Quiet Central Air. WIFI! Great Pub!Maximum Occupancy: 2.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Traditional Queens B-117

2 Queen Beds. Cozy Colonial Decor. Tub/Shower. Coffeemaker, Brookside Setting. Footbridges,Gazebo,Gardens. View of Woods. Porch w/ Rocking Chairs. Park in front. 1st level. Complimentary continental breakfast. Quiet Central Air. WIFI! Great Restaurant.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

3 Room Suite P-15

Pondside Motel. Fully equipped Kitchen, Queen Bedroom, Living Room w/Queen Sofabed & Flame-View Parlor Stove, Bath w/Whirlpool for 2, Pvt. Deck Overlooking Pond w/Ducks! WIFI! Complimentary Continental Breakfast! 2nd Floor. Great Pub!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

$149 - $227

Traditional Queens P-11

Pondside Motel. 2 Queen Beds. Charming Bright & Happy Decor. Coffeemaker. Air Cond. Tub/Shower Combination. Complimentary continental breakfast. WIFI! Heated Outdoor Pool. Pond View w/Ducks. 1st Floor. Park in front of room. Great Pub!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Traditional Queens P-12

Pondside Motel. 2 Queen Beds. Charming Bright & Happy Decor. Coffeemaker. Air Cond. Tub/Shower Combination. Complimentary continental breakfast. WIFI! Heated Outdoor Pool. Pond View w/Ducks. 1st Floor. Park in front of room. Great Pub !

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Traditional Queens P-13

Pondside Motel. 2 Queen Beds. Charming Bright & Happy Decor. Coffeemaker. Air Cond. Tub/Shower Combination. Complimentary continental breakfast. WIFI! Heated Outdoor Pool. Pond View w/Ducks. 1st Floor. Park in front of room. Great Pub !

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Traditional Doubles P-14

Pondside Motel. 2 Double Beds. Charming Bright & Happy Decor. Coffeemaker. Air Cond. Tub/Shower Combination. Complimentary continental breakfast. WIFI! Heated Outdoor Pool. Pond View w/Ducks. 1st Floor. Park in front of room. Great Pub ! (Cots N/A).

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Traditional Doubles P-17

Pondside Motel. 2 Double Beds. Charming Bright & Happy Decor. Coffeemaker. Air Cond. Tub/Shower Combination. Complimentary continental breakfast. WIFI! Heated Outdoor Pool. Pond View w/Ducks. 1st Floor. Park in front of room. Great Pub ! (Cots N/A).

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Traditional Doubles P-18

Pondside Motel. 2 Double Beds. Charming Bright & Happy Decor. Coffeemaker. Air Cond. Tub/Shower Combination. Complimentary continental breakfast. WIFI! Heated Outdoor Pool. Pond View w/Ducks. 1st Floor. Park in front of room. Great Pub! (Cots N/A).

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Traditional Queens P-19

Pondside Motel. 2 Queen Beds. Charming Bright & Happy Decor. Coffeemaker. Air Cond. Tub/Shower Combination. Complimentary continental breakfast. WIFI! Heated Outdoor Pool. Pond View w/Ducks. 1st Floor. Park in front of room. Great Pub!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Traditional Queens P-20

Pondside Motel. 2 Queen Beds. Charming Bright & Happy Decor. Coffeemaker. Air Cond. Tub/Shower Combination. Complimentary continental breakfast. WIFI! Heated Outdoor Pool. Pond View w/Ducks. 1st Floor. Park in front of room. Great Pub!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Traditional Queen P-21

Pondside Motel. 1 Queen Bed. Charming Bright & Happy Decor. Coffeemaker. Air Cond. Tub/Shower Combination. Complimentary continental breakfast. WIFI! Heated Outdoor Pool. Pond View w/Ducks. 1st Floor. Park in front of room. Great Pub! (Cots N/A).

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Traditional Queen P-22

Pondside Motel. 1 Queen Bed. Charming Bright & Happy Decor. Coffeemaker. Air Cond. Tub/Shower Combination. Comp. Complimentary continental breakfast. WIFI! Heated Outdoor Pool. Pond View w/Ducks. 1st Floor. Park in front of room. Great Pub! (Cots N/A).

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Traditional Doubles P-23

Pondside Motel. 2 Double Beds. Charming Bright & Happy Decor. Coffeemaker. Air Cond. Tub/Shower Combination. Complimentary continental breakfast. WIFI! Heated Outdoor Pool. Pond View w/Ducks. 1st Floor. Park in front of room. Great Pub! (Cots N/A).

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Traditional Doubles P-24

Pondside Motel. 2 Double Beds. Charming Bright & Happy Decor. Coffeemaker. Air Cond. Tub/Shower Combination. Complimentary continental breakfast. WIFI! Heated Outdoor Pool. Pond View w/Ducks. 1st Floor. Park in front of room. Great Pub! (Cots N/A).

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

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Location

Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Small town, Village

Airport

Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County) 45 miles

Directions to property:

For GPS devices, use address 910 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA 01267.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, The Clark Museum, Williams College, Mass MOCA, Williamstown Theater Festival, Jiminy Peak Ski Resort, Mount Greylock, Tanglewood, Norman Rockwell Museum, Sweet Brook Farm, Cricket Creek Farm, Ioka Valley Farm, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, Ski area

Inn Details

Establishment type

Country Inn, Pub

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Movie library, Parking, Pool, Wedding Facilities , refrigerators in all rooms, microwave on site. Select rooms feature gas fireplaces, flame-view parlor stoves, jacuzzis and kitchenettes.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Fishing, Hiking trails, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool

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Policies

  • Check In:: After 2 PM
  • Check Out:: By 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Pets are allowed in specific Pondside rooms with fee
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Saturdays in season and select holidays, 2 nights
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night stay
  • Cancellations: For reservations cancelled at least seven days prior to the arrival date, the deposit will be refunded minus a $10 administration fee. For cancellations within seven days of the arrival date, deposits will not be refunded. In the event that this happens, we will apply 50% of your deposit towards your next stay with us.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Michael and Carrie Oring

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Dogs

About the innkeepers

Michael Oring is a lawyer, and Carrie is a nurse. The couple's interest in the lodging industry came after Michael spent 13 years working with a nonprofit organization that helps people traveling away from home, and works closely with visitors to the U.S. State Department. The couple previously lived outside of Washington, D.C

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 8 AM-10AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluen-Free


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