The history of the Mas

A strategic place

Campagnac has been inhabited since the Celtic period. The region was then a large expanse of hills and meadows, near the Gardon. This region received an administrative existence in 896 when Louis III, King of Arles, granted it to Amelius II, Bishop of Uzès. The Campagnac estate was then occupied. Close to the road linking Nîmes to Uzès, it housed the companion stonemasons who built the priory of Saint-Nicolas de Campagnac in 1156 and the Saint-Nicolas de Campagnac bridge (1245-1260).

A very old house

The Mas de Campagnac has several lives. A hamlet made up of scattered huts in the Middle Ages, it was organized into a fortified farm from the 12th century, home to the builders of the "Pont St Nicolas de Campagnac" and their families. But it will also be a land of refuge for the hunted, a land of hope for the "enlightened". Today, it is a parenthesis for our hectic lives, a place of appeasement, refocusing and serenity. The Mas de Campagnac, as it will appear to you, is a building dating from the 17th century. Those who have passed through Campagnac have left their mark there: the carpenter farms of the companions, the inner well, the bread oven…. They also knew how to preserve the place and respect it to keep all its authenticity, all its soul. Discover the many vestiges of these past lives which make the uniqueness of Mas de Campagnac, our charming guest house in Uzès.

L’exil de Max Ernst

The German painter and sculptor, Max Ernst (1891-1976), fled Germany in the First World War to take refuge in Paris (1913). At the start of World War II, in September 1939, Max Ernst was arrested as an "enemy alien" and interned in the "Camp des Milles" near Aix-en-Provence. In August 1940, he succeeded in leaving France in the company of Peggy Guggenheim, of whom he would make his wife. In his long road to the United States, which they will reach in 1941, mention is made of a stopover at the Mas de Campagnac, in the room on the 1st floor of the “building of the treille” of our guest house. / p>

A community of hippies

In the 1970s, a community of hippies lived at Mas de Campagnac. It is clear that the place corresponds well to the standards and values that governed their daily life: aspirations for a return to nature, allowing a fraternal life and sharing in autonomy by cultivating its fruits and vegetables. This place allowed a life in coherence with their ecological conscience and the will to rethink the planet differently. During your stay in our family guesthouse in Uzès, we can lead you in the footsteps of their passage and show you their psychedelic artistic productions, still intact.

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