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Renovated Railway Weigh Office In A Tranquil Location and perfect for Stargazing

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


About the property

'Cliburn Weigh Office', Cliburn, Nr Penrith, Cumbria, England. In the beautiful Eden Valley, within Easy Reach Of The Lake District National Park.

Cliburn Weigh Office is a compact luxury holiday cottage. Once a working part of the Eden Valley Railway line, the Weigh Office nestles at the bottom of Whinfell Forest, between the market towns of Penrith and Appleby, in the beautiful (but often forgotten) Eden Valley.

Located in beautiful countryside the Weigh Office provides the perfect base to totally relax and join with nature. With private parking, gravelled areas and decking overlooking (and having access to) a private 14 acre wood, this is a perfect get away to relax, enjoy, explore and stargaze.

Mr Gavin Matier
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

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 Weigh Office and decided to renovate it, so others could enjoy it as much as us.

We have just finished the renovations in May 2015.

What makes this cottage unique

We live beside the Weigh Office 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?


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Penrith in Brougham

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom (ground floor) - shower, toilet, sink, mirror and shaver socket.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to two. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom (mezzanine) - double bed, reading lights and power sockets. Accessed from the Lounge via a ladder (with a weight restriction of 23st / 150Kg) the mezzanine houses a double bed in an area which has restricted space and headroom. Please be aware of this as we don't want you you be disappointed.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • caves
  • forests
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The Weigh Office uses an eco-friendly ground source heat pump to provide under-floor heating to all of the rooms. Outside: The private garden has gravelled areas, large decking platform (with views over and access to a private 14 acre wood), barbeque, garden furniture and parking for one car. Surrounded by fields you can be entertained by the ducks and chickens, whose eggs are available to buy. 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. Other: Secure storage and wash facilities for bicycles are available upon request at no extra charge.


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Renovated Railway Weigh Office In A Tranquil Location and perfect for Stargazing
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Just perfect.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely little property, small and compact but with everything you can possibly need. More than enough room for two. Love what you have done with the place. Great location and lovely owners. Thanks so much for having us we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. So please you enjoyed your stay, the property and the location. We look forward to you staying with us again. Yours, Gavin & Wendy
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A wonderfully quirky unusual property perfect for two. Cosy, clean and comfortable. 5*

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely stay at the weigh office (23/10/17 - 27/10/17). Perfectly located for exploring the Lake District and the property is set in beautiful surroundings. Very clean and comfortable, could not find any faults at all, lovely and warm with underfloor heating and log burner. Kitchen was very well equipped and bed was very comfortable. Perfect for two people, had everything we needed and the owners made us feel very welcome. We had a wonderful stay visiting nearby Keswick, Ullswater and Windermere. Would not hesitate to recommend to others and very much hope to return to this beautiful part of the country.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words. So pleased you enjoyed your stay and the beautiful surrounding area. It would be lovely to see you come back and visit again. Regards, Gavin & Wendy
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Sweet and cosy

  • 5 of 5

A tiny holiday home like this isn't for everyone, but we loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. Compact, but with everything you need as a base camp for The Lakes and the surrounding areas. Thanks again, Gavin & Wendy
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Very Good

  • 5 of 5

An ingeniously designed small space. You need to be a bit nimble to get up to the bed! It all worked well - thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your stay. The Weigh Office is compact, but we managed to squeeze it all in. Thanks again, Gavin and Wendy
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A really quirky and different experience

  • 5 of 5

Warm and welcoming, very cosy and romantic. You have no choice but to be together apart form when one is in the kitchen. Lit the wood burner one night and it was absolutely beautifully warm so much so that didn't need to have the duvet cover on the bed that night and it was November!!!!!!

As already warned by owners getting up to the bed is not suitable for those with physically difficulties but otherwise what a fab idea.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your stay. Surprising what heat that little stove can put out. Kind regards, Gavin & Wendy
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  • 5 of 5

lovely quite place to stay, due to my mums health, me and my partner took a early break then we expected but this place did not disappoint, the view around are beautiful and enjoy this so much, unfortunately i did not leave a review at the time but here it is, this place is amazing and will want to come back and stay, lovely owners free bottle of wine in which i enjoyed, don't just take my word for it, stay here and you will see,

very low top celling thou was funny kept hitting our heads, so just be aware i love it thou!!

overall 5 star all round

thank you mary-louise & chris

  • Review Submitted: 15-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your getaway and great that you might be back. The bed does have a low ceiling, so you do need to remember where you are. Hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards, Gavin & Wendy
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Nearest Airport
64 Miles
Newcastle Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
The Crown, Morland
Nearest Ferry
105 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Penrith Golf Club
Nearest Train
8.5 Miles
Penrith Railway Station
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Morland Cafe
Nearest Beach
41 Miles
Silloth Beach
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Selection of golf courses, Appleby or Penrith.

Fly fishing at Blencarn Lake.

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

Or even an open water swim / triathlon!


A car is recommended because of The Weigh Office's secluded location.


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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Bookings can be made over the phone or by email.
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.

Minimum Stay:
Minimum stay of three nights applies to all stays, but do contact us if you require a shorter stay.

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.
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.