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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:
20 September, 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, East Lakes & Eden Valley

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.
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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 4.888889 based on 19 reviews
5

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: Sep 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A very tastefully renovated property in a peaceful surroundings.

  • 5 of 5

Ideally placed to for visiting the Lakes the Dales and the Eden Valley. This was our fourth vist.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased to see you return again, it means you enjoy not only the Signal Box, but still find the surrounding area has more to give. Hopefully see you again soon. Regards, Gavin & Wendy
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5

A unique retreat and great base for exploring the Lakes

  • 5 of 5

Could not fault this wonderful renovated signal box during our 4 night stay.

Really quirky with plenty of space and everything you could need for a comfortable stay.

Friendly, welcoming yet unintrusive hosts.

The location is secluded though remains within easy reach of amenities (15mins to Penrith) and walking / tourist attractions (30mins to Keswick).

Amazing value for money and would highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for those positive comments. So glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again in the near future. Kind regards, Gavin & Wendy
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5

A unique place to stay while exploring the Lakes and Pennines.

  • 5 of 5

The signal box was a unique and great place to stay for us and was superbly situated to tour both the Lakes and the Pennines. It was clean and had everything we needed for a comfortable enjoyable stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad The Signal Box was ideally suited for your stay and had everything you needed. Do come again. Kind regards, Gavin & Wendy
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Comfortable & Clean with great views upstairs

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed a couple of nights in the signal box. It was very comfortable for the two of us & we loved the views from upstairs.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for your review. Gavin & Wendy
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The Railway Signal Box that is idyllic, comfortable, charming, picturesque holiday retreat.

  • 5 of 5

We have only today come to the end of our relaxing week in Cumbria which was made perfect by being able to stay in the Railway Signal Box. Gavin and Wendy have carried out a conversion that allows you too step in and immediately feel relaxed and comfortable. It is well equipped and with facilities that are all of a high grade. Very comfortable bed, excellent shower. A lounge that we found not only comfortable but with picturesque views which we enjoyed relaxing in watching the House Martin's flying around and nesting. On walking in and being given a gift of wine by Wendy and Gavin followed by Gavin ensuring that we knew what to do, advice on where to go and ensured we could call on them if any help was needed. When we did leave our idyllic surroundings and ventured into Cumbria and the Lakes we found so many places which have left us with many happy memories.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How lovely to hear you could relax straight away and were able to enjoy your stay and the surrounding countryside. We hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards, Gavin & Wendy
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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
 
Mid Season 2017
4 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
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 2017
20 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 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
 
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
 
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
Additional Guest Fee £5 per person per night
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.
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