Nouvelle Aquitaine Region: Meet the Regional Ambassadors

Today, we are delighted to present Benoit and his family, winners of ‘Maisons de France by Airbnb’ contest for the Nouvelle Aquitaine region.

The home of Airbnb host Benoit, located in a small village 30 minutes from Bordeaux, was chosen by thousands of voters as the most iconic listing on Airbnb in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. Benoit is the proud owner of the ‘Domaine de l’Espelette’ in Haux.

At the end of October, we travelled to Bordeaux to award the celebratory plaque of ‘Maisons de France’ to Benoit and his family.


The plaque was awarded during an Airbnb host meet-up in Bordeaux, held at the Epicerie du Magasin Général, a former military barracks that has been transformed into an amazing social hub and co-working space featuring a restaurant, grocery store, local art, and much more. Over 70 hosts on Airbnb hosts came together in Bordeaux, for a night of networking, learning, and exchanging with fellow home sharers.

On receiving his award, Benoit said:

This really is a family project. My grandmother and my aunt live in the house and welcome our guests. This has been three great years of hosting. My grandmother welcomes the guest as if they were friends, preparing an excellent breakfast, and caring for them. I help them use the Airbnb website. This has been really such an exciting experience.

Emmanuel Marill, Airbnb Country Manager in France, said:

I was very pleased to hear about the positive impacts of Airbnb on the Nouvelle Aquitaine region from our host community. We always value time together with Airbnb hosts and love hearing their personal stories and about the great experiences they provide for guests. They attract new guests to the region, provide unique experiences and spread benefits beyond tourist hotspots to more families, communities, local businesses and local historical and cultural sites.


Over the coming months, our French team will continue to travel to all regions in France to present awards to the winners of the “Maisons de France’ contest, meet local hosts and share new data about the Airbnb Community and how home sharing supports local residents and their communities.

Visit this blog soon to read about the next stop on our national tour of ‘Maisons de France’… Nantes in the Pays de la Loire region!

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