This website is a place of initiation, an invitation to discover the Art of Life.

Its name pays tribute to the dragonfly, our universal emblem, evocative of the perpetual motion of Life. Indeed, Nature lies at the Centre of everything and brings us back to our own Centre.

Throughout my projects, I have always aspired to create and to convey this Art of Life. I wished to break with tradition in order to form today this ecosystem of well-being, while respecting Nature and its cycles, the land, the Men – farmers, artisans, artists, producers and freethinkers… – and the beautiful know-how.

Through the Domaine des Etangs, located in the Charente Limousine region, a place of Life and of well-being spread over 2,500 acres, in equilibrium between the Sky and the Earth.

Through the Collection Dragonfly, a universal and universalist collection of contemporary and ethnic art, minerals, objects and books, all channelling a message of wisdom, knowledge and heritage.

Through Créations Dragonfly, a line of objects that place the spotlight on the know-how of artisans, respectful of time and of natural resources. Through books, a selection of products and objects related to Nature and its observation, as well as specialties by local producers… which will soon complement the range.

And, today, through opening this “window”, dragonfly.fr, which will, I hope, reach your heart and your eyes, perhaps fill you with wonder, make you smile and, above all, reconnect you with the essential principles of Nature.

« The First Art is Nature and Life. »

Garance Primat, Dedicated Creative Entrepreneur

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Our everlasting quest for the essential

Water, Air, Earth, Fire, and Ether

Ancient philosophers believed in five elements: earth, water, air, and fire, as well as “quintessence”, the Ether.

A primordial ether which was thought to bind everything together and give it life. Those versed in the language of birds, the language of alchemists, have suggested that this quintessence is what represents the soul of things, as part of the “âme à tiers”, or “Soul of thirds”.
For our Art of Life, before being a definition, it is above all, a state of mind; one fostered by a family keen to express and share its vision and its values.

Each property reflects a core belief that there is no need to reinvent the wheel or to create something new. Instead, the goal is to seek inspiration from and to rediscover the innate richness of the surrounding region, land, Nature and history, and to express it in all its forms.

This gives rise to a constant quest for that quintessence, everywhere and in everything: architecture, woodland, gardens, craftsmanship, fine food, vegetable plot, reception, treatments and decor. An invitation to explore beauty in all its guises, to learn or remind oneself how to marvel at even the smallest of things — and, every now and then, by way of a smile, to rediscover one’s childhood soul.

In Charente, the experience is lived at Domaine des Etangs, our home roots, huge, vast and open to the sublime nature that surrounds it.
The stone walls, timber work and splendid roofs are but a part of the vast countryside in which the property nestles (the grounds of Domaine des Etangs span nearly 1,000 hectares). Enjoy a stroll. Find out about animal husbandry. Spend the day fishing, hiking, boating or exploring the kitchen garden.
There is often more to discover in the Holloways of the estate than between the four walls of its spacious rooms.
This invitation to discover the Nature is its true essence.

“To see a world in a grain of sand. And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand. And eternity in an hour.“

William Blake