'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
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
CLIBURN SIGNAL BOX
The old 'signal box' at Cliburn is superbly restored the owners have done a fantastic job in restoring it into a clean, comfortable and very homely self-catering holiday let. It had every home comfort you needed whilst on holiday. The Location and setting is unquestionably brilliant and is just a stones throw away from either the Northern Lake district, The Pennines and the North York Moors. This Holiday let is a fantastic place to stay, the owners are very welcoming/accommodating and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for that 'extra special' place to stay.
Quirky Converted Railway Signal Box
Lovely property in a gorgeous rural setting, with red squirrels in the woods behind, pheasant and hares in the fields to the side.
Spent a most enjoyable four nights there and didn't want to leave.
Beautiful property renovated to high standard. Lovely setting easy access to A66.
Great for relaxing break. Good location to access Eden valley, lakes and even North Yorkshire Dales in car.
Great communication from Gavin and Wendy. Thanks.
Thank you so much for the review and we are thrilled that you were able to relax and enjoy the Eden Valley, The Lakes and the Northern Yorkshire Dales.
Thanks for being great guests and we hope to see you again in the future.
Gavin & Wendy
Always a pleasure
Loved staying at the signal box again, we were very lucky with the weather and Gavin sorted out a little problem with no issues. Loving the new patio area, although we didn't get round to using it in the end as we enjoyed walks in the evening whilst it was still warm and light. Can't wait to return again.
Thanks for your review. Glad to hear that you enjoyed another stay and that you like the new patio area. Hopefully you will get a chance to use it more fully in the future.
Gavin & Wendy
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
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.