Le Repaire du Nabab


Welcome in the den of "le repaire du Nabab" This luxurious room with high wood ceiling is very charming. It is composed with a lounge and dinner space and an independant bathroom with two vask, a bathtub, towel dryer and hair dryer. It is equiped with a king size bed of 160. The room is on the last floor, not accessible by elevator.

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A piece of history

The first travel

René Madec was born in 1736, eights child of François Madec, school teacher and of Corentine Manon Melin, hostel landlady. During his childhood, he is more attracted by the Quimper’s harbor than school. His fisherman’s future is decided. At nine years old, he embarks for the first time during four months, on a wine’s coaster. After this first attempt on the sea, his father makes him take navigation’s and hydrography’s lessons. He wants his son to join the Orien’s battalion of “Compagnie des Indes”, as an officer. René Madec is only eleven years old when he sails for Saint Domingue.

Sailor and Soldier

In 1750, new start from Lorient, destination of Pondichéry. This trip impregnate him forever of India’s charm. Back in Brittany, he now has only one purpose, going back in these exotic countries. As soon as he arrived in 1952, he is joining the army of Dupleix to fight against the British troops, gone for the conquest of India territory. After main fights, peace between French and British is signed. Dupleix, repudiate, go back to France. Madec, after served as a soldier for three years, think about going home but he can’t pass along Bourbon Island where he has to sign as a sailor to merchandise in the Indian Ocean.

In 1756, war start again between belligerents; Madec goes back to Pondichéry. After serving in the merchant navy, he signs in at the naval forces. When he learns that his squadron is going to Mauritius (France Island at the time), he decide to deserte and swim to the closest mainland. He joined a new Navy battalion formed by Knight “Pouêt” where he is graded petty officer. On December 11th 1758, French troops arrive in Madras to drain the British. This operation last 45 days, it is a fail. Starts a very long adventure’s wandering through different regions. Madec find himself commanding a troop of 400 sepoys. In 1760, Lally Tollendal put himself in a delicate situation and ask help to Madec. He wants to attack Madras but the French army have to lock themselves in Gingy tower and capitulates 5 months later. Madec is made a prisoner by the British and lock up at Madras Fort.

Madec wants to get out of jail and avoid starving to death in there. So he agrees, like hundreds of French prisoners, to sign in with the opponents troops. He is sent to Calcutta where he stays for a year. He takes this time to study the local dialects, customs and politics of the country. After participate to the rout of Nabad of Bengale’s army (Kassem Ali Khan) for the British, he takes the lead of a mutiny who win against Nabab, near Bénarès, where are also present Grand Moghold Shah Alam II and Vizier Sudjah Dowlah. It’s the beginning of Madec’s carrier as a war chief, influent advisor and fortune.


In 1764, he is leading a private army, about 1500 men, who are serving the Rajas and then the Grand Moghol himself. In the same time, he starts to build a colossal fortune. Beginning of 1766, he marries the Prince Sujha’s advisor’s daughter, Marie-Anne Barbette, 13 years old. Her family has a French origin. The wedding and the festivities are extremely ostentatious and expensive.

Around 1767, he supports the Jats in the conflit against Rajputs. His victories are widely reward by a lot of gold and money, which allows him to buy a palace and move in with his wife and new born son, Balthazar-René-Félix. A new victory steal his honorific title of Panchazari and his considerable fortune make him think about returning to France. But the French government in Chandernagor wish to get close to the Indian Princes in the purpose of contain the British and eventually expulse them from Bengale.

Madec goes back to war for the Empereur Moghol Shâh Âlam II, who honors him of thr Nabab title, to thank him for his military services. He imparts him too with the Bocci title, which place him at the third rank of the imperial hierarchy, right after the great vizier. His army count at the time about 6000 mens. He has become the most important and influent man of Hindustan. With his family, who counts now a daughter, Marie-Anne, he lives some times in Dehli, then Hyderabab; he finally arrives to Pondichéry in February 1778. One more time, he signs in, during the attack of the town by the British. On October 18th, it’s the capitulation; two months later, with a safe-conduct, Madec leaves India and go back to France.

Last years in Quimper

On January 11th 1779, they are leaving back to France, on the « Brisson ». After a stop on Mauritius Island, the boat arrives in Europe where they are attack close to Spain by British corsair. Made prisoners, René Madec is detained two months in Ireland. Landed in Lorient, he is going to Versailles Court where he has to give to Louis XVI the governor’s Guillaume Léonard de Bellecombe report, about the Pondichéry attack. They inform him that since two years, on January 1777, he has the rank of colonel. He is then ennobling by the king.

René Madec goes back to Quimper with his fortune and settles in a hotel, the street where he stayed wear his name now. He buys two lands, Coatfao in Pluguffan and Prat an Raz in Penhars, where he build the castle. In 1782, his second daughter is born, Marie-Henriette. He will die in 1784 after falling from his horse. His spouse will die in 1841.

The artist Bartabas was inspired by René Madec’s life for his equestrian show in Galantes India in 2005 in Versailles.