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.
'Cliburn Signal Box, Cliburn, Penrith, Cumbria, England - Within Easy Reach Of The Lake District National Park
Mr Gavin Matier
- Calendar last updated:
- 10 Dec 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?
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
A great chilled out week, a fantasic place to get away from it all and the bottle of wine and biccies was a nice touch,will definitely be back.
Wonderful railway memorabilia accommodation
Beautifully quiet, spotlessly clean, relaxing and tasteful accommodation on the edge of Whinfell forest. Most welcoming but unobtrusive owners close by.
Wonderful, neverending views from the warm, comfortable upstairs living room. We would not hesitate to return, or to highly recommend to others.
Clean, unique & just what we needed.
Cliburn Signal Box is one of those places that has ‘unique’ at its heart. We love staying in places that are unusual and we’d yet to stay in a signal box.
On arrival, the accommodation was warm & cosy, made all the better on finding a bottle of wine and biscuits had been left out for us!
Split over three levels, the living space is set on the highest, with triple aspect views over Cliburn, the old station & where the tracks would have once been.
The signal box is located around 10mins from Penrith which has everything you could ever need.
We were only here for 3 nights but would stay again, and for longer.
Gavin popped over one evening to ensure we were happy with everything which was appreciated.
Home from home
Love this place, so homely, everything you want and need and such a tranquil location. Plenty to see from the signal box, both on the doorstep and further afield. Or 5th year of staying and will be back without a doubt sometime next year!
We both remember your very first visit and love to see you return. It will be a sad day when you don't visit, but hopefully that won't be soon.
Thanks as always for booking and for being such great guests and thank you for the picture. We love it.
Gavin & Wendy
We cant praise this place enough . Everything you need for a peaceful /laid back stress free break with excellent hosts in Gavin & Wendy .
Good to know that you found the Signal Box a suitable venue for a peaceful and laid back holiday. Thanks for being great guests and we hope to see you all again in the future.
Gavin & Wendy
The property is a well thought out conversation, in a great location and has everything needed.
As usual, I had a great stay at the Signal Box, I just love staying here. Everything you need for a relaxing stay, is provided and the location is just perfect. It's a great location to base yourself, while not too far from The Lakes and other Cumbrian attractions as well as Southern Scotland. Thank you to Gavin and Wendy on providing a great place to stay and can't wait for my next visit.
As always it is lovely to see a regular guest return, enjoy themselves and talk about returning. We love to hear that you still enjoy your visits to the Signal Box and we look forward to your return. You photographs from this visit are fantastic.
Thanks once 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.
Additional pricing information
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.