'Cliburn Weigh Office', Cliburn, Nr Penrith, Cumbria, England. In the beautiful Eden Valley, 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 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?
Smoking is strictly prohibited in the property
TERMS & CONDITIONS Bookings run: Usually Friday to Friday or Monday to Monday for a weeks booking. Friday to Monday or Monday to Friday for a half-week booking. However, other arrival days will be considered, but there may be an additional charge. Arrivals are after 4pm and departures are before 10.30am. A 25% non-refundable deposit confirms booking, with balance payment to be made four weeks prior to arrival (along with good housekeeping bond). A refundable good housekeeping bond (£100 Weigh Office) is required four weeks prior to arrival and will be used to cover the cost of:- the replacement of any breakages, repair of any damage or excessive cleaning required after your stay. Cleaning (excluding bed making) in excess of 45 minutes will be charged at £10/half hour. The good house keeping bond will be refunded as soon as possible after the property has been inspected and cleaned. Cliburn Weigh Office can only accommodate two people and price includes all electric and heating, towels and bed linen (which will be exchanged on a weekly basis). Pets are not allowed. Smoking is not permitted within any of the rental properties (as it goes against the terms of our insurance). If visitors ,or their guests, smoke within any of the rental properties, their whole party will be asked to leave immediately and no refund will be payable.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, was spot on for us, and as described. It gave us the much needed relaxing getaway that we were looking for, and nothing disappointed!
Perfect location, perfect facilities and perfect hosts.
The Weigh house was immaculate on arrival, entry was easily obtained using prior information sent to us by email and the little welcome gift was greatly appreciated!
Gavin and Wendy were outstanding hosts, friendly, approachable and more than helpful.
The only bad thing we have to say, is that we're not still there! We will, however, be returning in the very near future!
Stunning location, enjoyed the silence
A gorgeous little cottage, with excellent outdoor space and the surrounding countryside made for a special experience. The best thing however was the immense blackness of the sky at night with the brightest stars I've ever seen. Magical.
Everything was clean and tidy inside, the bed was comfortable and cosy. Would thoroughly recommend this cottage and hope to be back at some point in the future.
Thanks for your review and your positive comments. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, especially the dark skies and it would be great to see you return in the future. So sorry we missed you during your visit, hopefully we will meet next time!
Gavin & Wendy
Perfect little hideaway.
Lovely little place in beautiful quiet surroundings, everything you need for a break away from it all and perfect for exploring the lake district & yorkshire dales!
Great stay at a lovely little cottage, it had everything we needed, was peaceful and perfect.
We had a fantastic stay at the railway weight house perfect little cottage with lovely outside seating. Had everything we needed was clean and the owners were lovely leaving numbers and offered good advice. Would reccomend the place to others.
Thanks for your review. Lovely to hear that your Weigh Office stay was perfect and peaceful.
Thanks for being great guests.
Gavin & Wendy
Quaint, snug, hideaway cottage.
The communication with Gavin was flawless. It was a last minute booking and with emails and texts flying backwards and forwards was sorted in a couple of hours. The Office is set about 50m from the boundary of Whinfell Forest. Beautiful walks through the forest and plenty of local attractions within 10 ~ 25 mins driving distance. Gavin and Wendy live close by and are very welcoming without being intrusive.
The Office has a small footprint but the renovation has been well thought out and the space maximized to its full potential. The kitchen has everything you need to cook your meals, the living area is compact but comfortable. Plenty of room in the toilet /shower. The mezzanine bedroom takes you back to being a child again, climbing ladders, crawling into bed etc but with the velux window plenty of light and a great view of the night sky. All the velux have blackout blinds but we opened the ones in the living area for more light. It's the small touches in the design that makes it easy to stay here. The lights in the bedroom can be accessed from the ladders and either side of the bed, also double sockets either side. There are ample sockets and everything required for a comfortable stay. Thank you Gavin and Wendy for allowing us to stay and we hope to return and try out the Signal box.
Beautiful location, everything you need for a comfortable stay, very sad to leave! Cottage is quirky and cosy, the surroundings quiet and stunning. Perfect for a getaway break, can't wait to visit again :)
Thank you for your review.
We are so pleased you found the area stunning and the Weigh Office quirky & cosy.
You were great guests and we would love to welcome you back.
Gavin & Wendy
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.
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.