Devon, United Kingdom

Salcombe Harbour Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$299.56

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP275.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Breton-striped bolthole

Setting

Yacht-dotted waterside

Salcombe Harbour Hotel and Spa looks as though it’s sailed in to this pretty Devonshire estuary straight from New England, but it’s true Brit through and through, down to free decanters of gin and seaside-kitsch knick-knacks in each room. Clubby and chic, the hotel’s outfitted in nautical blue-and-white and furnished with wicker. Guests can gaze over gliding yachts while taking traditional afternoon tea on the terrace and dining on fresh-that-day seafood in the Jetty restaurant. Add soothing Espa treatments and pretty Salcombe surrounds and you’ll be mooring here in no time… 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

50, including one suite.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $299.56 (£229), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP275.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a Continental or full English breakfast

Also

The hotel offers weekly zumba and pilates classes and there are four daily film screenings in their private cinema (at 10.30am, 2pm, 5pm and 7.30pm).

At the hotel

Spa, cinema, rooftop terrace, private boat moorings, gym, free WiFi. In rooms: a balcony basket (binoculars, rug, pashmina, slippers), selection of books, free decanters of gin and sherry, tablet, flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, free WiFi, minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities, a locally made candle, hotel’s own newspaper, White Company toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

There’s just one suite – the Estuary Suite – which overlooks the estuary and the quayside. This cream and periwinkle room has a separate sitting room and a large balcony for yacht-watching. The Estuary View Room with Balcony category is equally top deck in style, but a little less costly.

Poolside

The heated indoor pool in the spa has blue-and-gold mosaic tiles and colonnaded sides. It’s flanked by breton-striped day-beds, with extra privacy from gauzy white curtains.

Spa

Spread over two floors, with five treatment rooms, a swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool and steam room, the spa is handsomely dressed in boat-faring style, with navy towels, hurricane lamps and lime-washed wood accents. Espa treatments pamper guests from top to toe, offering holistic facials, body scrubs and wraps, massages, reflexology, treatments for men, mani-pedis and indulgent rituals tailored to the season.

Packing tips

Boat shoes, in case you hear the call of the sea, and a salty Hemingway tome for your balcony.

Also

Public areas are wheelchair accessible, there’s a lift to all floors, and the hotel has two guest rooms – available on request – outfitted for mobility-impaired guests.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs are allowed in the hotel rooms outside the main building. Speak to the hotel in advance. See more pet-friendly hotels in Devon.

Children

Cots (free) and extra beds (£15 a night) can be added to some rooms. Restaurant staff are happy to heat up milk or baby food, and there’s a special Little Alex menu for kids. The hotel’s private cinema regularly screens U-rated films.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Rolling fields? Merrily bobbing boats? Check and check: the tables for two by the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows are the most romantic.

Dress Code

Subtle sailor-chic: bold, colour-clashing stripes for Mrs Smith and a baby-blue blazer for Mr Smith.

Hotel restaurant

Trawlerman turned chef Alex Aitken is the captain of the Jetty Restaurant’s team. His affinity for the sea manifests in a menu filled with simple yet moreish fish dishes, and a fresh-catch flaunting Crustacean Bar, offering River Yealm oysters, Poole Bay shrimps and Salcombe-sourced lobster. Country comfort food is well represented too, with twice-baked soufflés, sticky farm-sourced pork belly, and creamy desserts. The sea-foam banquettes and floor-to-ceiling windows facing the estuary make it bright and beachy. Afternoon tea is taken seriously here too, with five offerings, from a light take with scones and a pot of tea, to a full spread with pastries, sandwiches and Billecart-Salmon champagne.

Hotel bar

The terrace doubles up as the hotel’s bar, where cocktails are served and guest DJs provide a chilled-out soundtrack. Order a pint of the local Devonshire Dumpling beer, or sip a zhuzhed-up classic cocktail – we like the Honeysuckle, with Jack Daniels, Chambord, honey, lemon and almond syrup. Small seafood plates are available, including zesty oysters, prawn cocktail and dressed crab.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 10am, lunch from 12 noon to 3pm, and dinner from 6pm to 10pm. Take afternoon tea from 3pm to 5pm, and drinks are poured until midnight.

Room service

is available 24 hours a day. During restaurant hours, the full menu can be ordered to your door; outside dining hours, deep-filled sandwiches are available.

Location

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Address
Salcombe Harbour Hotel
Cliff Road, Salcombe, South Devon, TQ8 8JH
Salcombe
TQ8 8JH
Salcombe
United Kingdom

Planes

International hubs Heathrow and Gatwick are both a three-hour drive away. Alternatively, flights from major European cities and North Africa arrive at Exeter International (www.exeter-airport.co.uk) just over an hour’s drive away.

Trains

Totnes station, a 40-minute drive away, or Plymouth, just under an hour’s drive, are the nearest. Trains arrive direct from London and Birmingham New Street stations.

Automobiles

Eye-catching countryside and tucked-away villages make hiring a car worthwhile. There’s an Avis booth at Exeter International and free valet parking at the hotel.

Other

If you’re the boat-owning type, private moorings mean you can sail straight to the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Salcombe is a picturesque fishing village on the southerly tip of Devon, surrounded by pretty, pastel-hued villages, rugged coastline and rolling countryside. The 16th-century Salcombe Castle is a five-minute walk from the hotel and the Yacht Club (+44 (0)1548 842 593) just downstream organises boat races throughout the year. During the immensely popular annual Salcombe Regatta in August, more than 200 boats compete along the estuary, and underwater treasure hunts, crab catching, air displays and more take place close by. Want to find your sea legs? Take a one-day course at Salcombe Dinghy Sailing (+44 (0)1548 843 927) or pump up your adrenaline with a power-boating lesson with Salcombe Sea-N-Shore (+44 (0)1548 842 276). More experienced mariners can hire a ‘yawl’ dinghy or cabin boat from Salcombe Boat Hire & Fishmongers (+44 (0)1548 844 475) or charter a skippered yacht to seek out hidden bays.

Paddle a canoe, or take a bracing three-hour hike past snap-worthy panoramas to and from Bolt Head, following the South West Coast Path. For beach flopping, hop on a ferry across the estuary to East Portlemouth, where quiet Fisherman’s Cove, Smalls Cove and Mill Bay are perfect picnicking spots. Bunting-garlanded Fore Street, a five-minute walk from the hotel, has quirky shops and cafes and Kingsbridge, a 15-minute drive away, has a historic farmer’s market. Drive to Totnes to visit the Guildhall (+44 (0)1803 862 147) and Totnes Castle (+44 (0)1803 864 406) making a quick pit stop at Sharpham Wine & Cheese (+44 (0)1803 732 203) in Ashprington for a tasting, before roaming Dartmoor National Park (+44 (0)1626 832 093).

Local restaurants

Modern brasserie Dick and Wills (+44 (0)1548 843 408) has top-quality West Country fish and meat dishes. Book a terrace table, and gorge on prime-fillet burger with manchego and Serrano ham, lobster and king prawn thermidore or Massaman curry made with local monkfish – make room for the decadent desserts and the excellent cheese plate too. Weathered-wood eatery The Winking Prawn (+44 (0)1548 842 326) is set by the beach at North Sands, a laid-back and lively establishment with fishy comfort food on the menu: smoked haddock with bubble and squeak, scallops with bacon, and baked cod with a pine-nut crumb. They have their own ice-cream truck too – a seaside essential. 

Local cafés

Bone china and silver cake stands: Vintage Tea café (+44 (0)1803 849 499) in Totnes has the quintessential afternoon tea down pat. Dine daintily on buttered crumpets, jam and cream-stuffed scones and petit fours – or take a picnic in the garden – then browse vintage trinkets in the shop. 

Local bars

The Ferry Inn (+44 (0)1548 844 000) on Fore Street is just a wander down the road from the hotel. Warm and welcoming staff, satisfying pub grub, and a good beer and wine selection make this traditional boozer a brilliant spot to while away an afternoon. Come the Regatta, punters can take part in pig racing here (not with live hogs, we’re glad to say). 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this refined waterside hotel in Devon and unpacked their bag of creamy local fudge and his ’n’ hers sailcloth jackets, a full account of their luxury country break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, and get your deck loafers damp, here's a postcard from Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa…

Even if wayward waves make you queasy, you’re unlikely to get sick of the sea at Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa. Here art installations of nets and buoys, engine-room-telegraph ornaments and driftwood-and-rope ‘Do not Disturb’ signs – that bear the legend ‘The sea air has made us sleepy’ – nod to nautical chic in tasteful style. This waterside stay offers respite from the workaday life (as long as you’re not a fisherman on leave), with lungfuls of fresh sea air and sailboat-dotted views to gaze at through your in-room binoculars. It’s likely you’ll gain a few pounds from the cream teas alone, and Alex Aitkens moreish cuisine, but a brisk walk along the coast and a virtuous spell in the spa (hey, massages count as low-impact exercise) and you’ll be ship-shape again before check-out. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Salcombe Harbour Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The service; the very friendly and attentive staff; and the great views.

Don’t expect

The room was a little smaller than we expected, and some small touches of paintwork needed attention in room (top of the door into toilet in particular). Housekeeping finished at 7pm.

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Stayed on 8 Jul 2017

We loved

Excellent views; location of the hotel. Dick and Wills restaurant for very good fish and friendly service. Bibi and Mac for good value clothes shopping. South Sands hotel is not recommended for lunch – lacklustre service and mediocre food. Relies on its location.

Don’t expect

Four star service; there were too many small instances of a lack of care and attention to warrant the price. It seems as if the management believes that the location is a sufficient pull to not try their hardest to excel.

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Stayed on 7 Jul 2017

We loved

Great views of the estuary, nice terrace with sun loungers, great position for Salcombe, gin sherry in your room.

Don’t expect

Extensive buffet breakfast; it was a little limited. Tight parking but a good concierge who will help.

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Stayed on 26 Jun 2017

We loved

The cleanliness, the friendly welcoming staff, the decor, the service and the food. The decanter of sherry and gin is lovely touch, as were the kettle, coffee machine and well stocked mini bar. Really comfortable beds and white company products.

Don’t expect

It to be noisy – it's very relaxing.

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Stayed on 4 Jun 2017

We loved

The food and the staff. The outside 'eating area' was also wonderful.

Don’t expect

Replacement dry towels. The food is delicious but the dining room is rather like a canteen and there's not enough staff – but the food made up for this!

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Stayed on 31 May 2017

We loved

This was a 24 hour break so very short. On arriving our bags were taken to reception, booked in and shown to our room. The room was very clean and had a partial sea view which we did not expect. There was complimentry sherry and gin for us if wanted which I've not seen before. We arrived early afternoon so went to the restaurant for a snack and were greeted with a complementary drink, again the staff were very friendly and could not have been more helpful be helpful. Our evening meal was great and finished the evening on a high. Salcombe is a nice, quiet town with lots of walks to explore including the beaches. The swimming pool and spa were exceptional and made for a nice relaxing time. Overall we could not fault the hotel from the staff to the high standards they keep. We will be back!

Don’t expect

Noisey nights in Salcombe.

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Stayed on 23 Apr 2017

We loved

The location, facilities and the staff. Dick Wills restaurant and the Crab Shack are must-go to places to eat.

Don’t expect

A lively holiday, this is a spa hotel and a lovely place to relax.

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Stayed on 14 Apr 2017

We loved

The view from the room and sunrise over the estuary.

Don’t expect

Salcombe to be cheap... it is not.

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Stayed on 3 Apr 2017

We loved

Excellent rooms and staff. Lovely beaches at Mill Bay, Lannacombe and Start Point. Try the Tradesmens Arms at Stokenham for excellent food.

Don’t expect

Nothing.

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Stayed on 15 Mar 2017

We loved

The food and the spa.

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Stayed on 2 Mar 2017

We loved

Location, spa and cinema. Take a boat ride to Gara Rock for beaches and great walks.

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Stayed on 20 Feb 2017

We loved

The comfy, tranquil room with lovely views across the harbour. The decanters of gin and sherry were a nice touch, along with the 'ice and a slice' service to the rooms about 6pm. Breakfast gives you lots of choice and is well organised.

Don’t expect

Lots for kids... This is geared more for the grown ups.

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Stayed on 19 Feb 2017

We loved

The extra attention to detail such as ice and lemons/lime around cocktail hour, tea and flavoured water in the pool area, and how well run the restaurant was. We couldn't get a table at the time we wanted, but the staff sat us at the bar, got us drinks and snacks and allowed us to pre-order our dinner. The breakfast buffet was lovely and comprehensive as well. The room was comfortable and well appointed and the beds spacious and warm with plenty of blankets and a soft duvet. Walk to North Sands and South Sands. Catch the little ferry which leaves every half hour back to Salcombe. Make a dinner or lunch reservation at the Crab Shed. The food is simple and excellent and they only take one full seating in the afternoon and evenings.

Don’t expect

...lively nights out. Salcombe is scenic and calm.

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Stayed on 18 Oct 2016

We loved

The View. Check out Jam Industries on Salcombe Street.

Don’t expect

Good Food

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Stayed on 14 Aug 2016

We loved

Location

Don’t expect

Price was expensive for the room we had

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Stayed on 7 Jul 2016

We loved

Everything! Recommend Victoria Inn, Good pub food, Good prices and champagne by the glass was excellent.

Don’t expect

Nightlife, although we didn't look for it anyway

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Stayed on 2 Jul 2016

We loved

The lovely location, the views the relaxed vibe of Salcombe. Being able to take our little dog to the hotel. Try Dick Wills restaurant which is a 5 minute walk away The Winking Prawn which is a 20 minute walk away.

Don’t expect

Perfect service in the restaurant. Food is excellent and staff are very friendly but disorganised service lets the restaurant down unfortunately.

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Stayed on 22 Jun 2016

We loved

The position of the hotel; our balcony, the indoor pool and the food. And No. 55 is a lovely local restaurant less than 5 mins walK.

Don’t expect

Impeccable service - mainly very friendly but poor communication between the team. Several times we looked longingly at our drinks sat on the bar; other times our plates were whipped away and we felt rushed!

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Stayed on 17 Jun 2016

We loved

The rooms, the views, the location. 8/10

Don’t expect

Better than haphazard service in the restaurant

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Stayed on 2 Jun 2016

We loved

Level of service, food, views of Salcombe Estuary from our bedroom and spa treatments. Walk to North Sands and visit to Winking Prawn Restaurant. Beaches easily accessible by ferry estuary trips from pier in middle of Salcombe

Don’t expect

Live music every night

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Stayed on 1 Jun 2016

We loved

The view! There is a pub down the road, The Victoria, which is the best run pub I have ever been to. Staff and food were both fantastic, also, lovely garden on the first floor, and dog beer and a dog menu!

Don’t expect

Unhelpful staff

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Stayed on 1 Jun 2016

We loved

Views from the balcony, the spa and the cinema room. I'd recommend the Winking Prawn restaurant at North Sands, and the walk between Salcombe and North Sands. 

Don’t expect

A changing evening menu

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Stayed on 19 Feb 2016

We loved

The location of the hotel on the side of the estuary is fantastic. The spa is a lovely relaxing space and there's good food, especially breakfast. The short walk to Salcombe is worth a visit, lots of lovely shops to browse.

Don’t expect

Lively nights, this is a chill out place.

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Stayed on 8 Feb 2016

We loved

Decoration, food and views!

Don’t expect

Poor service: you won't find it here.

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Stayed on 24 Jan 2016

We loved

The rooms, food and how central it was for Salcombe.

Don’t expect

Total peace and quiet on a Saturday if a wedding is taking place; it's better to escape for the day.

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Stayed on 3 Dec 2015

We loved

The hotel itself. Amazing views of the estuary. Beautiful. Also the in room gin and sherry! Great spot. We had their best estuary view room and it was perfect.

Don’t expect

I found the staff on reception were quite dismissive - the only down side! 

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Stayed on 22 Nov 2015

We loved

Absolutely everything! Great location, beautiful views. Good booze.

Don’t expect

Techno.

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Stayed on 21 Nov 2015

We loved

Fantastic rooms! Great food in the jetty! Beautiful location! The little things, like small great touches in the room, make it wonderful.

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Stayed on 30 Oct 2015

We loved

The very comfortable beds, service, and views from our room.

Don’t expect

  I don't think anything could be much better, except maybe the breakfast, my husband had a very hard fried egg which we had to complain about.!

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Stayed on 13 Oct 2015

We loved

The views from the balcony!

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Stayed on 7 Oct 2015

We loved

Our room - the best estuary view with a roll top bath overlooking the water and glorious balcony - wonderful! So spacious and comfortable.The decanter of gin in the room was a very nice touch and duly imbibed! We both had a back massage at the spa which was very relaxing and then had a doze by the pool in our own private cabana. Food was lovely as ever . Really enjoyed strolling from the hotel into town. Will definitely be back.

Don’t expect

The menu stays the same so not huge amounts of choice for 2 night stay or longer.

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Stayed on 7 Oct 2015

We loved

Room was excellent with superb views from balcony. Excellent nearby restaurants and good seafood. Good walking and sailing/kyaking etc.

Don’t expect

Fast service, could be slow in the evening. No scented candle as advertised (Though not really a problem).

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Stayed on 29 Sep 2015

We loved

The ambiance, friendly helpful staff and the location - perfect. Easy access to strolls along the waterfront.

Don’t expect

Noisy entertainment.

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Stayed on 25 Sep 2015

We loved

Super nosh, splendid views, excellent service, fine rooms. Well-judged nautical theme throughout. Mostly unused cinema, readily appropriated for personal viewing (bring your Blu-Rays for rainy days). Stunning scenery, and some charming local shops.

Don’t expect

To have much choice at the spa (or even a table for dinner) unless you book well in advance. Both open to non-residents, bah.

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Stayed on 14 Sep 2015

We loved

Location. Water view. Spa. Room. Easy parking.

Don’t expect

Great service. To have the newspaper free.

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Stayed on 13 Sep 2015

We loved

The views, the beautiful decor, the food (breakfast was an especially good selection, and the seafood in The Jetty was fantastic)...did I mention the view?

Don’t expect

The free gin and sherry in the room (somehow missed that on the room description), the rooms could be a little bigger for the high room rate.

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Stayed on 10 Sep 2015

We loved

The balcony the view (and the free Gin). Nine out of 10.

Don’t expect

Dinner menu could have been larger. We would have struggled if we had been there longer that 4/5 days.

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Stayed on 7 Sep 2015

We loved

The view!

Don’t expect

Busy nightlife.

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Stayed on 1 Sep 2015

We loved

The magical view of the estuary from our room, and the hotel's location in the beautiful village of Salcombe. Plus the fact that the hotel has dog-friendly rooms, meaning we could bring the new addition to our family with us.

Don’t expect

Good service in the restaurant/bar

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Stayed on 7 Aug 2015

We loved

The hotel, the setting and the staff. The venue is ideal for those wanting to spend time on the water, hiking, mountain biking, or simply relaxing and taking in the scenery around the harbour.

Don’t expect

To rush around.

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Stayed on 1 Aug 2015

We loved

Amazing location

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Stayed on 29 Jul 2015

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