'Cliburn Signal Box, Cliburn, Penrith, Cumbria, England - Within Easy Reach Of The Lake District National Park
Mr Gavin Matier
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
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A Great Place To Stay
I would highly recommend this property as it is a very good convertion of a railway signal box in to an exceptional holiday home. A great place for a relaxing break in the middle of nowhere but only 5 miles from Penrith. Hosts were great to deal with and can't recommend highly enough.
Thanks for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, despite the weather and hope we will see you return in the future and maybe next time we will meet you in person.
Gavin & Wendy
Amazing holiday cottage home from home
A wonderful location and just totally chilled cottage
Excellent stay couldn’t wish for anything better bed very comfy, if you like quirky then this is for you or if you like to walk in the Forrest then it’s on your door step. The host very welcoming and helpful and it’s very quite loved it and will be going back
Thanks for your review and your kind words. You were fantastic guests, we loved having you here and hope to see you return in the future.
Weekend birthday surprise
Surprise weekend away for husband's birthday, who's a real train geek. The signal box was the perfect place to stay. Stayed for 3 nights and it felt like we'd had a week away, it was so relaxing. Will definitely return.
So pleased to hear your surprise for your husband was a success and your were able to completely relax.
You were great guests and we would love to welcome you back.
A wonderful find
We stayed at the signal box for 2 weeks and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend a holiday here. It is so peaceful and quiet yet you have easy access to get out and about. A real home from home.
The property has everything you could need and the owners are super welcoming and friendly. A welcome bottle of wine and biscuits went down a treat!
We had BBQ's on the patio, watched the sun go down behind the forest, and enjoyed easy access to both the lakes and the dales from here. Ullswater is close by for lazy days out on a boat.
There is a spectacular farm shop 20 minutes drive away in Penrith with lots of lovely food, a butchers counter and a fish counter and plenty of other food.
The lounge has amazing views, you just have to decide which sofa to sit on to enjoy them! We didn't make use of the log burner (it is summer!) but we could see how cosy it would also be in winter. We made the most of al fresco dining on the patio.
A real gem of place, unique and quirky being an old signal box yet still homely.
We are so pleased you felt the Signal Box was home from home.
Great to hear you enjoyed your stay and the surrounding area.
Thanks for being great guest and for your review.
We hope to see you return again in the future.
Gavin & Wendy
Great week in fun cottage
The Signal Box made a great centre to get into the Lake District easily. We had a great stay with lovely weather only raining one night. Thanks to Gavin and Wendy
Thanks so much for your review and for being great guests.
Lovely to hear that you found the Signal Box a great centre to get to the Lakes.
We hope to see you visit again in the future.
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.