WHO WE ARE
Hello! We are Alexandra, Jacob and Laura and we will be available to you to ensure the success of your event.
With more than fifteen years of experience we will guarantee a professional, sustainable and friendly approach that can offer you that little ‘extra’ to make your stay exceptional.
Alexandra Cool is a photographer and sculptor. She has been working for several years in Carrara (Italy), New York and Corsica. Her home base is in Vollezele (Belgium) and the Auvergne (France).
Alexandra has an intimate connection with nature. Her respect for natural materials and their inherent beauty is a great source of inspiration. As part of her vision, she explores the relationship between people and nature. She attempts to reveal the concept of the invisible, allowing the silence to speak.
LAURA & JACOB
In July 2019, Laura and Jacob decided to settle down in the heart of Belgium after years of traveling and working in a part of the wider world. In recent years they have been active in the hospitality industry: from a mountain hut in the Italian Alps and a star restaurant in Amsterdam to a snack bar in Sidney. They have now joined Alexandra with enthusiasm to further expand the operation of Villa Hellebosch.
In the late 1930s, Henri de Steenhault de Waerbeck commissioned to build a country house in Vollezele, on the edge of a beech forest. In the former Ferraris atlas (1777), the region is registered under the name of Ellenbosch.
In 1973, the estate came into possession of Bavo Cool and Virginia Smeets.Bavo Cool, an internationally active lawyer, was an enthusiastic man. He saw himself as a citizen of the world and committed to greater respect for universal human rights.
To freely exchange information, he invited at Villa Hellebosch, artists, politicians, environmental and human rights activists.
In 2003, the domain was entrusted to Alexandra Cool, one of his three daughters.
In collaboration with the House of Literature Passa Porta, she transformed Villa Hellebosch into a valuable residence for foreign writers.
Between 2004 and 2015, more than three hundred writers remained, including Jonathan Coe, Olga Tokarczuk, Ludmilla Uelitskaya and Tommy Wieringa.
Alexandra Cool gradually expanded this operation and opened Villa Hellebosch for writing classes, theater, academics, researchers and others activities.
” This has been a wonderful place to write. Amazing to think of all the different stories and poems that have been written
within these walls.”
“There is something with this place. It is beautiful, these curvy acres of silence in an intimate part of the Pajotteland.”
DS Weekblad – De Standaard
“I’m lucky, it looks like I ended up here in a small, for the eyes invisible, hidden vest pocket of the world.”
Nobel Prize in Literature 2018
” We have been going to Vollezele for three years to do three days of “academic team building”. The combination of tranquility, nature and pampering works for us.”
University of Antwerp (Institute for Education and Information Sciences)
” The energy and the wisdom of this place run into a person. I leave wiser than when I came.”
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