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The city of Dreaming Spires, Oxford provides a stimulating cottage break surrounded by historical architecture and beautiful rural countryside.

Oxford is of course famous for its university, which was first established over 900 years ago and displays some magnificent medieval architecture in its college buildings. There's plenty to explore here, you'll see landmarks made familiar by the detective series 'Morse' and the Great Hall at Christ Church is said to have inspired Hogwarts Hall in the Harry Potter films. Climb to the top of Carfax Tower and you'll be rewarded with a spectacular view over the city.

Visit in summer and take to the River Isis to enjoy the sunshine and see the city from a different perspective, or go fishing, walking or cycling alongside this scenic waterway. There are plenty of 'green spaces' within the city too, for example the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, which is located just off the High Street opposite Magdalen College.

Beyond the city boundaries Blenheim Palace isn't far away, it was the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill and is a fine example of 18th century Baroque architecture set within 2,000 acres of formal gardens designed by 'Capability Brown'; fully deserving its world heritage site status and provides a fascinating day out.

Great family days out include Didcot Railway Centre where you can hop on the steam railway, Cotswold Wildlife Park at Burford and Go Ape Tree Top adventure near Aylesbury.

To discover Oxford and the surrounding area see our selection of Oxford cottages today.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Bridge End Cottage Ref: 19974

Built circa 1600, this Grade ll listed, picture postcard, detached, thatched property is located in an outstanding village setting with panoramic views across the River Thames. The property is close to the riverbank which makes it an ideal holiday base for those who enjoy fishing and canoeing. The Thames Path leads in one direction to the historic town of Dorchester and in the other to Abingdon and the Wittenham Clumps. Shops 50 yards, pubs 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor and beams. Dining room with wooden floor and sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with toilet. Steep spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) with sloping ceiling, beams and wooden floor.

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. No smoking.

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£571-£571
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2

Situated in the lower part of the tiny hamlet of Thrupp, these two detached properties stand in the grounds of a manor house and lie adjacent to the 18th-century Oxford Canal. Offering wonderfully characterful accommodation for a holiday, they stand opposite one another: The Coach House (Ref NLX) is a spacious and imaginatively converted barn which overlooks open fields, whilst The Dovecote (Ref NLY) is a cosy little romantic hideaway for two.
In its day, the canal was a main artery to British industry, but in modern times, the barges move at a more relaxed pace. Thrupp starred as itself in the TV series Morse in the adaptation of Colin Dextor’s Last Bus to Woodstock. In Thrupp is The Boat public house with its open fire and beamed ceilings. A gentle, short stroll along the Oxford Canal towpath towards the nearby village of Kidlington leads to the Jolly Boatman on the A4260. Both pubs serve a selection of drinks and good food. There are many walks to be enjoyed nearby, either canal-side or through the owner’s managed woodland, along the banks of the River Cherwell, which is abundant with wildlife and birds. A ½-hour walk along the towpath or short drive in the car leads to Kidlington, which, recognised as the ‘largest village in England’, caters for every need - having several supermarkets, post office, chemists, launderette and various pubs and cafés. There is a nearby Park and Ride service into the city of Oxford as well as a regular bus service from the village. The M40 motorway is easily reached, connecting to either London or Birmingham in about 1 hour.
The properties make an ideal holiday base to explore the Cotswolds and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. The town of Woodstock, home to Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill) and the village of Bladon (where Churchill is buried) are within 5 miles. Shops 2 miles, pubs ¼ mile.

Two steps up to living room with wood-burning stove. Large dining room with quarry-tiled floor and French doors to garden. Two steps up to large well-equipped modern fitted kitchen with granite worktops and quarry-tiled floor. Utility. Two steps up to twin bedroom with window seat. Shower room and toilet. First floor: All bedrooms with Velux window and wooden floors. Three steps down to double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV, en-suite bathroom with sunken bath, shower attachment and toilet. Four steps up to double bedroom (5ft bed). Three steps up to further double bedroom. Beamed twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Additional TV
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Broadband
  • Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Unsuitable for the infirm

  • Electricity, wood fuel central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Digital TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Shared 350-acre natural and lawned grounds
  • Free use of outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, café and organic garden shop at sister farm at Worton Park 5 miles
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

Note: The Coach House NLX and The Dovecote NLY may be booked together to sleep up to 12 people

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£3135-£3135
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Alfie’s Barn Ref: NKU

This 18th-century property is in an excellent position for exploring this historic, fascinating area. This converted detached barn sits within a rural village location within the owner’s grounds, with views across open countryside, located within the heart of Oxfordshire. Only 3 miles from Bicester and 12 miles from Oxford, Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon. Shops and pub 250 yards.

Beamed living room with wood-burning stove and oak wooden floor. Large kitchen/dining room with terracotta tiled floor and French doors. Beamed double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with exposed stone walls. Single bedroom with oak wooden floor. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and stone tiled floor.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Full oil central heating £30per week, £25 per short break
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Broadband/modem connection
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Large enclosed garden with furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

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£460-£842
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Studio Ref: NOW

Situated in the quaint hamlet of Grafton in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, this spectacular attached studio conversion lies adjacent to the owner’s home and provides an excellent holiday location with the added benefit of complimentary bath products, heated towel rail and 100% Egyptian linen and towels. Local attractions include Blenheim Palace, Ashdown House and Great Coxwell Barn. Visit the Cotswolds towns of Burford, Bibury and Cirencester. Sporting events close by include Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup, Newbury Races, Silverstone and Blenheim International Horse Trials. Oxford 25 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

Beamed living room with dining area, wood-burning stove, vaulted ceiling, stone floor and Velux windows, open plan with galley-style kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with 6ft bed, lime-washed oak floor and Velux window.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Digital TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Terrace with loggia and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Private tennis court
  • Parking (1 car)
  • No smoking
  • No children
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 2 steps in grounds

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£340-£845
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

This cosy detached, beamed 200-year-old cottage, with a delightful west facing garden with views over the Berkshire Downs, nestles in a small hamlet outside historic Abingdon and a few miles from Oxford. On the banks of the Thames, Abingdon, purported to be the oldest town in England, is steeped in history with many fine old buildings. Oxford is the city of dreaming spires famous for its university, the Bodleian Library and Inspector Morse. There is so much to do and see in the area including boat hire, walking in the Downs, cycling on the National Cycle Route or spend a day at Blenheim Palace and finally return to the peaceful cottage garden and watch the sun set over the Berkshire Downs. Golf at Frilford Heath 2 miles. Shops 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

Beamed living/dining room with open fire and tiled floor. Compact kitchen with beam. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Large, lawned garden with summer house and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£335-£798
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2

Enjoying direct access to an unspoiled stretch of the River Thames and to the long distance path which runs from its source to the sea, this very comfortable property has been converted from attractive brick and stone farm buildings. Tastefully decorated it forms a single storey wing of the owner’s house. Fishing is available. Leisure park 2 miles. Witney, 7 miles, and Abingdon, 9 miles, are interesting local market towns, and Oxford is only 10 miles. Shop 2 miles, pubs and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom (6ft, zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. W/machine. Shared 5-acre grounds and garden. Shared courtyard with patio and furniture. Parking. Fishing (foc). Private water supply. Friday to Friday. NB: Unfenced river in garden.

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£328-£585
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1


Little Thatchings is a classic South Oxfordshire thatched cottage nestled in its own garden with secret seating areas and small orchard, just off the village green. It has been delightfully furnished in ‘Arts and Crafts’ style and has a wealth of original beams - some originating from ships of the Spanish Armada which were broken up at The Wharf just down the road. Surrounded by beautiful walks, this detached holiday cottage is a short distance from the River Thames and thatched village pub from which to watch the cricket on the green. This village is famous as a filming location for ‘Midsomer Murders’ and is a wonderful base from which to explore Oxford, Blenheim Palace, Henley, Windsor, Stratford, The Cotswolds, or even London. There are numerous gastro pubs and restaurants in the surrounding villages and small towns. Wallingford, 3 miles away, has a market, a farmers market, large supermarket, antique shops and restaurants. Or take a walk from your own front door down the old Roman road and across the water meadows to Dorchester Abbey which hosts a fine season of classical music. For small children there are two village playgrounds and the green provides a large area for ball games. Shop and pub 300 yards.

Beamed living room with open fire in inglenook fireplace. Snug with with wood-burning stove. Dining room. Kitchen with Rayburn (for cooking). Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Three bedrooms: one double with 5ft bed, one twin and one single with cabin bed. Wet room (no toilet). Separate toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, gas central heating (underfloor in wet room), bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Electric/gas Rayburn included
  • Combi microwave oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed garden with patio, furniture and orchard
  • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking (for 1 car)
  • Pet free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Covered well in garden

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£549-£1193
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Bothy Ref: NMS

This spacious two bedroom, single-storey holiday cottage, attached to Upton Fruit Farm House, is tucked away on an award-winning cider farm in a 16-acre orchard of 3000 trees. The property has extensive views both of the Berkshire Downs and the Chiltern Hills. The Bothy offers the opportunity to stay in a peaceful location in the Oxfordshire countryside, in a fruit orchard frequented by deer, red kites and woodpeckers, but within convenient access to the main road and rail links. The Ridgeway National Path runs less than 3 miles to the south. Shops 1 mile, pub 500 yards.

Spacious living/dining room with electric ‘log-effect’ fire. Kitchen/breakfast room with ceramic-tiled floor. Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and ceramic-tiled floor.

  • Electricity ‘log-effect’ fire included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Broadband connection
  • Large lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Ground floor facilities
  • No smoking

WAS
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£429-£869
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
8
Pets
2

Located in 8 acres on the banks of the River Thames, Dinckley Court (ref NT9) and Dinckley Lodge (NSE) lie in one of the most picturesque areas of South Oxfordshire, within the small hamlet of Burcot-on-Thames, close to the towns of Oxford and Abingdon, with Dorchester-on-Thames less than a mile. Local attractions include a Salters Steamer Boat which can be caught from Oxford back to Days Lock and a walk taken back to the properties, or visit Nuneham Courtney’s arboretum - full of amazing trees, plants and beautiful peacocks. Restaurants within 10 miles for food lovers include Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, the famous Crazy Bear Thai restaurant, The Mole Inn at Marsh Baldon, and the Chequers pub within walking distance serving great British food. Convenient for Oxford, Henley and the M40 for London and the Midlands.

Shop 1 mile, pub 300 yards.
Please note: These properties can be booked separately, or together to accommodate up to 22 guests.

Comprising a spacious main house and attached wing with its own separate entrance, Dinckley Court makes a perfect retreat for large parties or several families (up to 16 guests) holidaying together and is very well furnished. The main reception room has wooden floors and a wood-burning stove as well as Wifi, Sky TV, DVD and iPod docking stations in both the kitchen and living areas, perfect for relaxing get-togethers. There is also a study area on a galleried floor. All bedrooms have TV, six of which are en-suite. The conservatory dining area offers enough space for all guests to dine together, with views over the large garden. Doors opening onto a patio barbecue area with further outside tables and seating within the gardens of Dinckley Court. Extensive gardens lead down to the River Thames, overlooking open farmland beyond. Dinckley Court provides boat mooring with local boat hire also available; fishing is also enjoyed when in season, or at Orchid Lakes with specialist carp coarse fishing lakes ½ mile away. From July to the end of August a marquee is set up in the garden, close to the house with seating and tables, perfect for al fresco dining. All large supermarkets deliver to Dinckley Court and for special occasions the owners can recommend bespoke catering services.
Entrance hall with tiled floor. Living room with wood-burning stove. Large conservatory/dining room with stone floor and patio doors to patio. Large well-equipped modern kitchen with Aga, range cooker and stone floor. Utility. Separate toilet. Double bedroom (5ft bed), en-suite shower room and toilet. Staircase from living room to first floor: Study area to dressing area with chair-bed (alternative sleeping). Beamed double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Second staircase from hall to first floor: Small kitchen. Double bedroom with TV. Twin bedroom with TV. Bathroom with toilet. Separate entrance to wing: Two double bedrooms, each with TV, en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms, each with TV, en-suite bathroom and toilet, one double, one twin.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Gas Aga and full gas central heating included (September-March £100 per week, £80 per short break)
  • Two Z-beds (alternative sleeping only)
  • Three cots (1 travel, 1 standing, 1 baby crib)
  • Two high chairs
  • Eight TVs (one satellite)
  • Double oven
  • Two washing machines
  • Tumble dryer
  • Freezer
  • Large garden with terrace
  • Parking
  • Mooring for boat by arrangement
  • Fishing in season

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Boat mooring by arrangement
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: River frontage in grounds

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£2240-£4159
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Vine Cottage Ref: NJ3

Set in a 14-acre vineyard, with a further 20 acres of woods, pasture, lake and Thames river frontage, Vine Cottage enjoys a central location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Built in traditional style with modern comfort, the holiday cottage adjoins the owners’ home, with its own patio and garden. The lovely grounds offer coarse fishing, horse grazing and private nature walks, with golf, riding and sailing all available nearby. Historic Wallingford 1½ miles, and Oxford, Henley and Newbury Racecourse all around half an hour’s drive. Shops 1½ miles.

One step to entrance. Living/dining room with cast-iron wood-burner, sofa-bed (for +2) and French doors to patio. Spacious modern fitted kitchen with soft-tiled floor. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double and twin bedrooms with built in wardrobes, sloping ceilings. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
  • Electricity, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
  • Sofa-bed (for +2)
  • Cot
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine (in adjacent building)
  • Dishwasher
  • Large garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Shared grounds
  • Parking
  • Secure cycle storage
  • Coarse fishing foc
  • Mooring available by arrangement
  • No smoking
  • NB: Pond, lake and river in shared grounds

WAS
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£708-£708
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Kennels Cottage Ref: PQQG

This detached holiday cottage, accessed by an unmade lane, enjoys a unique location amongst ancient woodland in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Nettlebed. The property boasts a spacious interior, providing a home-from-home feel and with all the rooms opening onto the large garden, it is an ideal summer retreat. Kennels Cottage sits on the edge of the renowned Warburg Nature Reserve high up in the Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home to wildlife, plants and wonderful walking opportunities. The cottage is located just 5 miles from Henley-on-Thames, a quintessentially English town full of quaint buildings, waterfront pubs and excellent restaurants. A world-renowned centre for rowing, Henley is home to the prestigious Royal Regatta which includes over 200 races of international standard, including amateurs to world-class Olympians. Also home to the 5-night Henley Festival, an elegant mix of music, art, culture and dining. Enjoy scenic walks along The Thames Path, The Ridgeway or the Oxfordshire Way. Visit the nearby city of Reading and enjoy shopping, farmers markets, museums and theatres.
Enjoy a day at the races at Ascot or Newbury and the golf courses at Sunningdale and Wentworth, all within an easy drive. For history lovers, there’s Stratfield Saye House and country park and Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Winston Churchill, set within 2000 acres of beautiful parkland with events all year round for the whole family to enjoy. Nearby family attractions include Lego Land and The Living Rainforest at Newbury. Shops, PO and pub ¼ mile.

Spacious entrance lobby. Large ‘L’ shaped living room with oak floor. Well-equipped kitchen with Belfast sink and double range cooker (for cooking), large dining room/breakfast area and spacious family snug with open fire. Large boot room/utility. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet. Most rooms with slate floor. All rooms open onto garden. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and Jacuzzi corner bath. Double bedroom. Double bedroom leading to further twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

  • Open fire - fuel available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Cot
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • Gas double range included
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large, enclosed lawned garden, patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£791-£2675
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

Ideal rural touring base
Within easy reach of Oxford and the Cotswolds

Located in the beautiful village of Charney Bassett, within the Vale of White Horse, is The Gilletts Cottage at Charney Manor. Originally a pair, The Gillets was renovated into one large, detached five bedroom property, creating an ideal space for quiet, rest and relaxation in the grounds of Charney Manor, providing a truly stunning setting. Charney Bassett lies just outside the thriving market town of Wantage, south of Oxford and around 3 miles from the Ridgeway and the famous White Horse Hill. The area is bursting with beautiful scenery and amazing sights, as well as a great collection of things to do and explore. The attractive villages and footpaths of the Cotswolds are waiting to be explored together with Blenheim Palace, Kelmscott Manor and the Cotswold Wildlife Park. Being close to Oxford, you will have no trouble finding exciting ways to spend your days: explore some of Oxfords 38 colleges, the botanic garden, laze by the river or visit Oxford Castle. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with laminate floor. Kitchen with laminate floor. 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet. Two separate staircases to first floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 twin, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£537-£1520
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