Their star is ris­ing

The Light­house and Beach Mo­tel un­der­goes ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WEEKEND BUSINESS - BY MAU­REEN COULTER mau­reen.coulter@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/Mau­reenEl­izaC

The Light­house and Beach Mo­tel in Souris West has a new look.

The mo­tel, on six acres of land over­look­ing Sheep Pond Beach, has un­der­gone ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions af­ter new own­ers took over the ag­ing mo­tel in Dec. 2015.

Anne and Grant Gal­braith, of Gal­braith P.E.I. Hold­ings, ran the mo­tel for one sea­son with some mi­nor up­grades be­fore tak­ing the plunge to de­mol­ish and rebuild the main part of the build­ing this past year.

Souris con­trac­tor, Wil­liam Ford, led the ren­o­va­tion process, work­ing un­der a tight dead­line to com­plete the new con­struc­tion by June 23.

The mo­tel went from be­ing 16 rooms to 12 and in­cludes a wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble unit.

“We had to in­crease the size and they had to be mod­ern­ized,” said Anne Gal­braith, a Souris na­tive, in a re­cent in­ter­view with The Guardian. “We lost rooms, but we are of­fer­ing a much bet­ter prod­uct.”

The main of­fice, which is con­nected to the ren­o­vated sec­tion of the mo­tel, also car­ries some his­tory, as it was the scale house of­fice in Wood Is­lands for many years.

The mo­tel was pre­vi­ously a two star ac­com­mo­da­tion, but since the ren­o­va­tions is now rated a 3.5 star af­ter an in­spec­tion by Tourism P.E.I.

“We had a fam­ily from Switzer­land (in July) and they said this is one of the nicest spots that they stayed in,” said Gal­braith.

The mo­tel car­ries a view of Sheep Pond Beach and a cow farm and is within walk­ing dis­tance of the pic­turesque beach.

It is also pet friendly, has a con­ti­nen­tal break­fast and of­fers bilin­gual ser­vices.

Gal­braith said be­com­ing own­ers of a mo­tel has had its chal­lenges, but that it’s been fun get­ting to meet the peo­ple stay­ing at the mo­tel.

“I’ve never folded so many sheets, done so much laun­dry and made so many beds and so there is that side of it but meet­ing the peo­ple side is def­i­nitely worth it.”

The mo­tel will be open un­til Oct. 1 since the Gal­braith fam­ily will be re­turn­ing to their home to Dart­mouth, Nova Sco­tia.

Gal­braith said eastern P.E.I. is a great place to do busi­ness and hired all lo­cal peo­ple to help with ren­o­va­tions in­clud­ing Souris artist Karen MacKin­non, Roger Ma­har of Ma­har’s Plumb­ing and Heat­ing and Fos­ter Camp­bell of Camp­bell Fos­ter Elec­tric Ltd.

Gal­braith said they also plan to ren­o­vate the light­house suite and the two “rus­tic” house­keep­ing suites in the fall.

Gal­braith said they plan to work again with Ford to com­plete those ren­o­va­tions.

MAU­REEN COULTER/THE GUARDIAN

Anne Gal­braith and her hus­band, Grant, are the new own­ers of the Light­house and Beach Mo­tel in Souris West. The Dart­mouth, N.S. cou­ple hired lo­cal help to de­mol­ish the main part of the mo­tel and build a new one. The mo­tel is now rated a 3.5 star es­tab­lish­ment.

MAU­REEN COULTER/THE GUARDIAN

An in­te­rior shot of one of the 12 ren­o­vated rooms at the mo­tel in Souris West.

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