Welcome to this personal page "About Us". We do hope your appetite has been whetted to find out more - about the background to our home and business and also about us, Judith and Peter, the owners of Westwood - The B&B with a view.
Westwood has not always been a B&B and Judith and Peter have not always been in the hospitailty trade. In fact, they both lived and worked in Gemany in other careers for many years. Whereas Judith is a native Cumbrian (and proud of the fact), Peter comes from the beautiful area of Upper Bavaria in Germany (and is also proud of the fact!), but feels quite at home here in the mountainous Lake District in Cumbria, even if his native Alps are just that little bit higher. He also enjoys living so close to the sea - something Upper Bavaria does not have!
Judith taught languages in the German vocational school system and university, then worked freelance, internationally, as a filmmaker. Peter read economics at university in Munich and Bamberg, but then followed his interests in "Baubiologie" (building biology and ecology), building up a successful consulting business for the optimization of living and working spaces (interior and exterior).
In 2013 they then both relinquished their careers to come to England to care for Judith‘s aging father, who suffered from Parkinson’s. For Judith this meant, "returning home", for Peter it was both a big challenge and privilege to start life "abroad".
Passionate about hospitality and details in home and garden, Judith and Peter have recently converted the original family home of Westwood into a welcoming B&B, which opened at the end of August 2017. There are still a number of original features in Westwood which have been lovingly restored.
We felt we would like to showcase our penchant for Art Deco in our logo, which is also to be found as a mural in the hall. Both logo and mural were created by talented local artist and graphic designer, Alan Roper of Maryport (www.argraphicdesign.co.uk). This handcrafted 1930s' style mural and logo, which reminds us of famous railway posters of that time, is a lovely piece of original artwork in our home and gives us and our guests great pleasure.
and the Lake District have a special warmth and ambience which we wanted our
home to reflect, so Peter has invested his skill and knowledge of buildings and
materials to achieve this.
Externally we believe the blue-grey shingles and
red-cedar cladding portray the blue of the lakes and the reddish-brown of the
beautiful bracken found here in Cumbria. Inside, the warmth of the now fully
restored original wooden floors (Australian Oak) in bedrooms and hallway remind
us of the friendliness of the people in this county.
© Westwood – The B&B with a view 2019