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Renovated Railway Weigh Office In A Tranquil Location and perfect for Stargazing

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

'Cliburn Weigh Office', Cliburn, Nr Penrith, Cumbria, England. In the beautiful Eden Valley, within Easy Reach Of The Lake District National Park.

Cliburn Weigh Office is a compact luxury holiday cottage. Once a working part of the Eden Valley Railway line, the Weigh Office nestles at the bottom of Whinfell Forest, between the market towns of Penrith and Appleby, in the beautiful (but often forgotten) Eden Valley.

Located in beautiful countryside the Weigh Office provides the perfect base to totally relax and join with nature. With private parking, gravelled areas and decking overlooking (and having access to) a private 14 acre wood, this is a perfect get away to relax, enjoy, explore and stargaze.

Mr Gavin Matier
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 September, 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 Weigh Office and decided to renovate it, so others could enjoy it as much as us.

We have just finished the renovations in May 2015.

What makes this cottage unique

We live beside the Weigh Office 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?


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Penrith around the Brougham

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom (ground floor) - shower, toilet, sink, mirror and shaver socket.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to two. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom (mezzanine) - double bed, reading lights and power sockets. Accessed from the Lounge via a ladder (with a weight restriction of 23st / 150Kg) the mezzanine houses a double bed in an area which has restricted space and headroom. Please be aware of this as we don't want you you be disappointed.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • caves
  • forests
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The Weigh Office uses an eco-friendly ground source heat pump to provide under-floor heating to all of the rooms. Outside: The private garden has gravelled areas, large decking platform (with views over and access to a private 14 acre wood), barbeque, garden furniture and parking for one car. Surrounded by fields you can be entertained by the ducks and chickens, whose eggs are available to buy. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen & towels are provided and are included in the price. Both will be exchanged on a weekly basis. Cleaning is not provided. Other: Secure storage and wash facilities for bicycles are available upon request at no extra charge.


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Renovated Railway Weigh Office In A Tranquil Location and perfect for Stargazing
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

Cliburn Weigh Office 21st May - 25th May 2018

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous, compact conversion, of a small space. Everything has been thought out so well. Great touring base for the Lake District, Cumbria and South West Scotland with great forest walks right on your doorstep too. Gavin and Wendy really know how to treat their guests with a hands off approach but right there, if you need them. I've also been to the Signal Box, which is another great conversion and will certainly be returning again and again.

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. It was lovely to see you return, especially as you were trying out the Weigh Office this time. So pleased you enjoyed it and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. Kind regards, Gavin & Wendy
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Comfortable stay

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely stay at cliburn weigh office, small issue on arrival but resolved quickly. Gavin and Wendy are very accomodating. Great very peaceful location, not too far from the Lake District. Had everything we needed, with lots of little extras that made for a very comfortable stay (bbq with charcoal, bottle of wine etc). Thank you :)

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and we loved having you as guests. Thank you for your review and we hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards, Gavin & Wendy
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Compact but Holmley

  • 5 of 5

Loved it, has everything you need very deceiving from the outside but like the tardis inside😁😁😁

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you loved the Weigh Office and were able to use it as a suitable base for your trips. It's amazing what you can fit in a small space. Thanks again for staying. Kind regards, Gavin & Wendy
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Lovely cottage, quaint outside and modern inside.

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed by the kindness of the owners who went beyond themselves to accommodate us.

The cosy tree-house style bed is a standout feature. An ideal base both to watch the World Cup and to explore the lakes!

Lovely forests nearby for short walks.

Overall, a very enjoyable place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for being such wonderful guests. Lovely to hear that we made your stay enjoyable and that the Weigh Office provide a base to explore the surrounding areas. Kind regards, Gavin & Wendy
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A wonderfully quirky unusual property perfect for two. Cosy, clean and comfortable. 5*

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely stay at the weigh office (23/10/17 - 27/10/17). Perfectly located for exploring the Lake District and the property is set in beautiful surroundings. Very clean and comfortable, could not find any faults at all, lovely and warm with underfloor heating and log burner. Kitchen was very well equipped and bed was very comfortable. Perfect for two people, had everything we needed and the owners made us feel very welcome. We had a wonderful stay visiting nearby Keswick, Ullswater and Windermere. Would not hesitate to recommend to others and very much hope to return to this beautiful part of the country.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words. So pleased you enjoyed your stay and the beautiful surrounding area. It would be lovely to see you come back and visit again. Regards, Gavin & Wendy
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Sweet and cosy

  • 5 of 5

A tiny holiday home like this isn't for everyone, but we loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. Compact, but with everything you need as a base camp for The Lakes and the surrounding areas. Thanks again, Gavin & Wendy
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Nearest Airport
64 Miles
Newcastle Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
The Crown, Morland
Nearest Ferry
105 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Penrith Golf Club
Nearest Train
8.5 Miles
Penrith Railway Station
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Morland Cafe
Nearest Beach
41 Miles
Silloth Beach
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Selection of golf courses, Appleby or Penrith.

Fly fishing at Blencarn Lake.

Perfect setting for a walking, running or a cycling holiday.

Or even an open water swim / triathlon!


A car is recommended because of The Weigh Office'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.

Further Details:

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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Bookings can be made over the phone or by email.
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.

Minimum Stay:
Minimum stay of three nights applies to all stays, but do contact us if you require a shorter stay.

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.
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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