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.
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'Cliburn Signal Box, Cliburn, Penrith, Cumbria, England - Within Easy Reach Of The Lake District National Park
Mr Gavin Matier
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- 13 Oct 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 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?
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We had a fantastic holiday at the Signal Box, great base for exploring the Lake District and the North Pennines. The Signal Box is beautifully restored, with views to die for from the living room. Kitchen fully equipped, conformtable bed and spacious bedroom. Washing machine and dishwasher an added bonus. Nearby Penrith is great for shopping, supermarkets for groceries and plenty independent shops. We would love to come back.
Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at the Signal Box and found it a suitable base to explore the Lakes.
Thanks for being fantastic guests and we would love to see you return.
Gavin & Wendy
The Signalbox has been finished to a very high standard to make your stay very enjoyable.
The Signalbox is situated in a peaceful and rural setting. It is ideally situated for visiting the Lake District and the North Peninnes.The owners are very friendly and helpful. This was our 5th visit and hope to make it a 6th visit soon.
Beautiful home away from home
The signal box is an absolutely wonderful place to stay! Lovingly restored and has all the comforts you might want to come back to after a long day exploring the gorgeous surrounding areas. Shout out to the bird of prey centre, where I bought the most glorious piece of ginger bread I've ever had.
Great to hear that the Signal Box was a suitable retreat after a days exploring.
Thanks for being great guests and we hope to see you return in the near future.
Gavin & Wendy
Having just spent a wonderful week at the Signal Box I would highly recommend the holiday cottage.
Ideal base to explore both the Lakes and The North Pennines, if you feel the urge to leave the comfort of the Signal Box!
Gavin & Wendy are the perfect hosts and the bottle of chilled wine & cookies were a lovely touch too!
After a day sightseeing, returning to the Signal Box was always an exciting experience and the evenings spent watching the changing weather over the spectacular Pennines from the upstairs panoramic lounge just added to the joy of the stay.
The Signal Box had all the home comforts needed, which just added to a FANTASTIC STAY!
We will definately be returning,very soon,for another relaxing stay at The Signal Box.
Lovely to know that you enjoyed your stay, especially the views from the Signal Box. Thanks for being great guests and we hope to see you again in the future.
Absalutely marvelous, top class location and renovation of the signal box
Not one negative, blown away by the first impressions, which as they say are the ones that count, how true that is with Cliburn signal box, outstanding renovation, every detail 100 percent. Superb location to die fore, a return is a must, cannot recommend this property and location too highly, probably one of the best if not thee best I have ever had the good fortune to stay at. Gavin and Wendy thank you so much for the opertuniety to share your wonderfull signal box.
Regards, Mick and Wendy Whiteley, Quakers Yard, South Wales.
Wow, we don't know what to say. What a marvelous review. We are touched by your kind words.
It was a pleasure to meet you both and it was lovely to hear you speak so fondly of the Signal Box, even though you had only just arrived. We love it when our guests enjoy their stay and we look forward to seeing you both again in the future.
Gavin & Wendy
Location was fabulous and the property was very clean and tidy.
The whole experience was great the location the local area and the road links.
Lots to see and do and places to go and having not been to the lakes before a whole new experience and we will be back.
Thrilled to hear your first visit to the Lakes went so well and you found everything to your liking. Even better that you plan to return. We would welcome you back any time. Thanks again.
Gavin & Wendy
Special interest holidays:
Perfect setting for a walking, running or a cycling holiday.
Or even an open water swim / triathlon!
Numerous lakes with easy reach
A car is recommended because of the Signal Box'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.
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.
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. 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.