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Renovated Railway Signal Box In A Tranquil Location & perfect for stargazing

People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

'Cliburn Signal Box, Cliburn, Penrith, Cumbria, England - Within Easy Reach Of The Lake District National Park

Cliburn Signal Box is a quirky, upside down, luxury holiday cottage. Once a working part of the Eden Valley Railway line, the Signal Box nestles at the bottom of Whinfell Forest, between the market towns of Penrith and Appleby, in the beautiful (but often forgotten) Eden Valley. It is the perfect location to relax, enjoy, explore and with very little light pollution it is just perfect for stargazing.


Owner
Mr Gavin Matier
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
22 November, 2017

About Mr Gavin Matier

We moved into the property on 1st October 2004, leaving city life behind, in search of a more peaceful and fulfilling life, for both ourselves and our two children, Elliott and Jasmine.

Gavin, born in Northern Ireland, left Limavady in 1987 to study at Bradford University. There he qualified as a Pharmacist in 1991 and is the Pharmacy Manager at Sainsbury's Penrith.

Wendy, born in Tyldesley, Manchester left in 1989 to study at Bradford University. There she qualified as a Pharmacist in 1994 and is now the Pharmacy Manager at Green Tree Pharmacy, Kirkby Stephen.

Whilst working in Leeds, we met in 1992 and married 25th August 1996. In July 1999 Elliott was born and in February 2002 Jasmine was born. It was at this point we decided to leave the city life behind and moved to Cliburn.

Mr Gavin Matier purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Mr Gavin Matier chose Penrith

Wendy and I fell in love with both the location and character of the building when we first saw it.

We loved it so much we live in the Station House beside the Signal Box and decided to renovate it, so others could enjoy it as much as us.

What makes this cottage unique

We live beside the Signal Box all year round and often forget just how lucky we are to live here.

To us peace, tranquility and seclusion are the norm. We step outside our back door into beautiful countryside and a 50m walk has us strolling in Whinfell Forest, where we regularly see the local red squirrels, roe deer, owls, buzzards, pheasants, great crested newts and an abundance of other wildlife. At night little light pollution means that we can stargaze and if that wasn't enough, a short drive and we are walking up one of the many fells or playing in one of the lakes.

What more could you ask for?

Guestbook comments from the owner

Reviewed January 9, 2013

We stayed here for three nights just after New Year, and had a wonderful break. I kept the nature of the property a surprise for my wife, who couldn't believe it when we rolled up and discovered we were staying in a restored signal box. The owners have done an astounding job of doing it up. It's beautifully decorated and furnished, with amazing original features and attention to detail. There are lovely pubs a short drive away, and it's just half an hour from Ullswater, but even if you don't want to drive, the surrounding countryside is gorgeous, and the property itself is a wonderful place to relax.



Reviewed January 8, 2013

We had a fantastic weekend break here with the kids. Location is within very easy reach of the Northern Lakes. The property itself is fantastic, has every facility needed and was a lovely place to stay.
Jan 2013
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Penrith in Eden District

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom (ground floor) - shower, toilet, sink, mirror and shaver socket.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Double Bed
    Lounge - 2 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 4 Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom (ground floor) - double bed, bedside tables, DAB clock radio, drawers, wardrobe, dressing table, hair dryer and mirror.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Cliburn Signal Box uses an eco-friendly ground source heat pump to provide under-floor heating to all of the rooms and hot water to the bathroom and kitchen. Outside: The private garden has gravelled and grassed areas, barbeque, garden furniture and parking for two cars. Surrounded by fields you can be entertained by the ducks and chickens, whose eggs are available to buy. Utility Room: The utility room houses the freezer, washing machine, BBQ and a small amount of wood for the wood burning stove. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen & towels are provided and are included in the price. Both will be exchanged on a weekly basis. Cleaning is not provided.

Reviews

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Renovated Railway Signal Box In A Tranquil Location & perfect for stargazing
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 24 reviews
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LOVELY

  • 5 of 5

For the past few years we have been looking for and staying in unusual holiday lets. Some have not delivered and some have been brilliant and tick the " yes we will be back " box. Cliburn Signal box falls in to this group. It is in a great location, has everything you need and is an interesting building.The peace and quiet is amazing when sitting on the steps at night watching the stars, with a glass of wine to hand. Looking forward to our next visit!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and it would be lovely to see you return. Thanks again, Gavin & Wendy
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Quirky property in rural setting

  • 5 of 5

A very pleasant stay in a totally relaxed environment. The property was very well equipped for self catering and with excellent wifi allowing contact with the outside world if required. Within easy reach of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales for day trips and adventures! Hosts Gavin and Wendy live nearby and are welcoming but discreet.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you found the property relaxing, suitably equipped and ideally located for day trips to the Lakes or Yorkshire Dales. Thanks once again. Kind regards, Gavin & Wendy
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5

Lovely

  • 5 of 5

Well appointed, cosy place.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Happy place

  • 5 of 5

The signal box was fabulous, smell of real wood as you walked into the kitchen was great. Every thing was clean and fresh. All the pots and pans there which any one would need. Crockery, there was plenty, except for what I would call soup bowls. All the electrical appliances where in great condition and up stairs in the lounge area was out of this world, so comfortably. Didn't use the log burning stove as the under floor heating kept us as warm as we wanted.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, that you were toasty warm and that the Signal Box was equipped to a satisfactory level. we would love to see you return and hopefully we will have the bowl situation rectified. Kind regards, Gavin & Wendy
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5

Fantastic place for a getaway

  • 5 of 5

Loved everything about this signal box. Great views from the upstairs lounge and cosy in the evening with the fire. The kitchen had everything, shame I didn't get to use it, as we ate out. The bedroom was great being on the ground floor, with ensuite shower room, all was exceptionally clean. Felt really at home here. There was plenty of room for parking 2 cars. Location wise, nice to be out in the country and to see wildlife around, and it's not far to visit the lakes. The bottle of wine was a lovely touch on our arrival, as was having all cleaning products and towels provided. Will love to revisit for a longer stay in the future. Thanks Gavin and Wendy for a great getaway.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your positive comments. It is wonderful that you felt at home in The Signal Box. We still get a thrill when people tell us they had a good time and found the location was great for their visit to Cumbria. Hopefully we will welcome you back in the future. Kind regards, Gavin & Wendy
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amazing

  • 5 of 5

wonderful unique place to stay. The renovation is so good the signal box has not lost any of its Character . Clean and well maintained holiday accommodation away from the maddening crowd but within easy reach of Ullswater

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear that the Signal Box was to your satisfaction and that you enjoyed the peace and quiet of the Eden Valley. Hope to see you visit in the future. Kind regards, Gavin
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Location

Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Perfect setting for a walking, running or a cycling holiday.

Or even an open water swim / triathlon!

Coast/Beach:

Numerous lakes with easy reach

Travel:

A car is recommended because of the Signal Box's secluded location.

Distances:

The market towns of Appleby and Penrith are only seven miles away and provide all the required local amenities.

Whilst there are many local pubs serving traditional beers and serving fine food in the area.

Further Details:

The Signal Box is a perfect base for those wanting to explore the Lake District National Park. With Pooley Bridge only 9.5miles away and Blencathra only 19miles away.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Penrith, Cumbria & Lake District National Park

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low Season 2017
30 Oct 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£255
for 3 nights
From
£85
£410
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season 2017
15 Dec 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£288
for 3 nights
From
£96
£475
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£475
for 7 nights
£475
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
New Year 2017/2018
29 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£475
for 7 nights
£475
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season 2018
5 Jan 2018 - 8 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
£255
for 3 nights
From
£85
£410
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season 2018
9 Feb 2018 - 18 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
£288
for 3 nights
From
£96
£475
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season 2018
19 Feb 2018 - 29 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£273
for 3 nights
From
£91
£445
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season 2018
30 Mar 2018 - 15 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£273
for 3 nights
From
£91
£475
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season 2018
16 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£273
for 3 nights
From
£91
£445
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season 2018
25 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£288
for 3 nights
From
£96
£475
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season 2018
4 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£273
for 3 nights
From
£91
£445
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season 2018
29 Jun 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£288
for 3 nights
From
£96
£475
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season 2018
3 Sep 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£273
for 3 nights
From
£91
£445
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season 2018
29 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£255
for 3 nights
From
£85
£410
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
6 night minimum stay
£576
for 6 nights
From
£96
£475
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
New Year 2018/2019
28 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
6 night minimum stay
£576
for 6 nights
From
£96
£475
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£288
for 3 nights
From
£96
£475
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Bookings can be made over the phone, by email or via our website.
A non-refundable 25% deposit is required to confirm any booking.
A refundable £100 good housekeeping bond is required. This will be used to cover any breakages, damage or excessive cleaning that may be caused during your stay.
All bookings must be fully paid for (including refundable bond) four weeks prior to arrival.
Arrival is after 4pm and departure by 10.30am.
Cancellations will follow the policy of the booking, however, where possible we will happily move a booking to more suitable dates.

Minimum Stay:
Minimum stay of three nights applies to weekend and mid-week stays, however, mid-week stays Monday to Friday (4 nights) will only be charged for a three night stay at applicable seasonal rate.

Changeover Days:
Prices are based on our Change Over Days being a Friday or a Monday, giving the option of weekly, weekend or midweek breaks. Although Change Over Days are not fixed, there may be additional charges if the guest wishes to arrive on days other than a Friday or a Monday.
Please contact Gavin or Wendy to discuss alternative change over days, options and rates.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for TWO people sharing the double bed. Additional guests are charged £5 per person per night.
Stays of a week or longer will be priced using the Seven day price, while stays of between three and seven days will be priced upon request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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