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These Toronto women stylishly transforming motels just got a Netflix show


A new Netflix show due out in August follows the journey of two Toronto women as they buy an old run-down Ontario motel and renovate it into a fashionable vacation destination.

The show is called Motel Makeover, and it’s all about the adorable June Motel.

“[The show] follows us in pursuit of the millennial dream, pushing aside our secure but boring office jobs to be our own bosses, and turning a seedy roadside motel in Sauble Beach into The June, ”wrote owners April Brown and Sarah Sklash in an Instagram post.

They bought their first motel in Prince Edward Country in 2016 and redesigned it with a retro California aesthetic using pastel pinks, white walls and a beautiful patio.

They completely remodeled the rooms, transforming them from an accommodation just for fishermen (with signs forbidding gutting fish inside the rooms) into Instagram-worthy digs, perfect for a girls’ wine tour in the county.

Before and after photos of rooms at June Motel in Prince Edward County. (thejunemotel.com)

Then they decided to buy a second motel in Sauble Beach – which has now been documented as a new Netflix show as a result of the transformation journey.

The Sauble Beach location has a wonderful pool deck. The show presents their struggles to build it on a limited budget while dealing with travel restrictions linked to the pandemic.

“Amid the pitfalls of the project and a pandemic, the best partners-turned-business partners bring their design magic to a run-down motel and turn it into a must-see getaway,” Netflix said of the new offering.

The six-episode series will be available on Netflix starting August 25.

The June Motel’s PEC and Sauble Beach locations are booked quite solidly through September. If you’re looking to book a getaway to one of the stylish motels, it may be good to act quickly – before they become even more popular when the Netflix show comes out.



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