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:
- 19 Mar 2019
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.
Great place to stay. Luxurious and peaceful
The Signal Box is a very unusual property and a fabulous place to stay. The location is fantastic - so quiet and peaceful - and dark! The sky looks amazing when it’s a clear night.
We loved the quirkiness of the property, and with us both working on the railway it was quite appropriate.
It’s very well equipped, and lovely and warm.
We would definitely recommend a stay here - we will certainly be back in the near future.
It was lovely to meet you both and it's fantastic that you both enjoyed what the Signal Box has to offer. Thanks for recommending it to your railway colleagues and we look forward to seeing you in the future.
Gavin & Wendy
Perfect country break
We both enjoyed our stay in the Signal Box. The accomodation itself is comfortable and modern while you can still enjoy the look of the Victorian railway architecture. The location is perfect for us, we found a nature reserve within easy walking district and several locals stopped to talk with us while we were there. Also at the next village over we found a good cafe with delicious scones, and as I believe the scone to be the pinnacle of human achievment I was happy. The owners were helpful with any queries we had and we expect to return more than once in the future. Our only disapointment was that we had to leave :-(
Overjoyed that you found happiness. Disappointed it was for the local scones, but you can't win them all. We look forward to seeing you return in the future, even if we know it's only to come back for the Morland Cafe's scones!!! :-D
Gavin & Wendy
Another great stay in the signal box, such an amazing place to stay.
So good to see you back again. We are always grateful that our guests chose to visit our accommodation, but there is something special about our regulars coming back time and time again. Thank you.
Gavin & Wendy
We found it very easily after passing througthe woods even though it was dark.
We had a lovely stay and everything was perfect and the complimentary bottle of wine was a nice touch. We would certainly not think twice about coming back here again.
So pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and that you would return in the future. You were great guests and we would love to see you return in the future.
Gavin & Wendy
our third visit and we will definitely be back. All mod cons, lovely clean accommodation. Fantastic area, ideal for Lake District
Lovely to see you return again and great that you plan to come back.
We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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.
Lovely to hear you were able to chill while staying at our property. It was a pleasure to have you stay and we look forward to your return.
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.