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



Updated: 18-Oct-2016
'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.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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.

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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews

Chacewater, Cornwall

Perfectly quaint

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have just returned from a lovely stay here. It was perfect for a little getaway for our anniversary. We both loved it, everything you needed in such a small space. Our only regret was that we didn't book for longer.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely and cosy!

  • 5 of 5

A lovely and very well finished cottage, which makes the most of the space! Even though it was frosty outside, it was warm and cosy inside. The wood burner was a lovely feature too.

Gavin and wendy were friendly and helpful and I hope we'll be back to meet them again soon!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your positive comments. So pleased you enjoyed your stay. Isn't the cottage so cosy with the stove lit. Please do come again.
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lovely wee cottage

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovey 4 day stay at the weigh office. Lovely little cottage with everything we needed inside

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay at The Weigh Office and thank you for the review and the positive comments.
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Fabulous, well thought out conversion

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this really characterful property: the use of space is really well thought out with lots of really nice touches. It was lovely sleeping under the sky light and we enjoyed the novelty of climbing the ladder to go to bed. The kitchen has everything you need to knock up a meal after a long day hiking in the Lakes, and the living room is a lovely space to relax in.

Everything was spottlessly clean.

The location is great: Gavin recommended a circular walk around Cliburn which was a lovely introduction to the area on our first night; it was a wonderfully peaceful area and a great place to explore the lakes from.

Gavin recommended a number of nearby restaurants and we plumped for Ashiana in Appleby. Great restaurant - fabulous food, so good we went back on the second night as a great after a long hike! Would highly recommend it if you like Indian food - lots of interesting house specialities; not your run of the mill Indian.

Would most definitely stay again and recommend to friends and family. A great find.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the property and the recommendations. Hope to see you again soon.
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the best things come in small packages

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful 4 day stay at the Weigh Office at Cliburn, on a working trip to this gorgeous area. The property has been cleverly and beautifully converted into a compact cottage for one or two, and i was lucky enough to have it to myself. One has to be physically able as access to the wonderful pine clad bedroom space is up a ladder, but once up it's great fun, like being in a wooden tent, with the glorious view out of the velux window which you can sit at, admiring the fields, trees and surrounding wildlife, and with all important proper reading lights each side above the bed. The sound of birdsong was constant, always I heard yellowhammers calling. The deck at the back is very private for sitting out, eating, enjoying good weather, relaxing. A really characterful, charming place - I didn't want to leave. Owners very helpful, even to the point of Mr Matier taking apart two panels in my car to access the property key that had fallen down a hole in the boot panelling I didn't know was there... he did it efficiently and without fuss. Perfect!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review. So pleased you enjoyed your stay. Please do come and stay with us again if you are working in the area. Thanks again, Gavin & Wendy
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Newcastle Airport at 64 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Crown, Morland at 2.5 Miles Nearest Ferry : Liverpool at 105 Miles Nearest Golf : Penrith Golf Club at 9 Miles Nearest Train : Penrith Railway Station at 8.5 Miles Nearest Motorway : M6 at 7 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Morland Cafe at 2.5 Miles Nearest Beach : Silloth Beach at 41 Miles 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.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season 2016
21 Oct 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season 2016
31 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season Christmas 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season New Year 2016
30 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season 2017
6 Jan 2017 - 16 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable 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 weekend stays, while the minimum stay midweek is four nights.

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 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

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?

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Garage ...
  • 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


  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural


  • forests

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom (ground floor) - shower, toilet, sink, mirror and shaver socket.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • 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.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...


  • Self-catering


  • 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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