Former Yorkshire and England cricket star Geoffrey Boycott will soon be calling Boston Spa home after buying a £1.75 million mansion in the heart of the village.
Mr Boycott, 72, and his wife Rachael, have bought Boston Hall - a grade 11 listed Georgian Mansion - after having had a planning application to convert the historic building back into residential use from offices approved.
The ex-cricketer currently divides his time between South Africa and Jersey, but has now decided to move back to Yorkshire to be closer to his roots after a seven-year absence.
Speaking from New Zealand, where he is currently commentating on England’s three-match Test series, Mr Boycott said: “We want to be nearer to our daughter, Emma, who has just qualified as a lawyer, other family members, our friends and Yorkshire cricket.”
He added that flying back and forth between Jersey and England for his summer schedule had become “tiring and time-consuming”.
Mr Boycott, who survived cancer of the tongue in 2002, is the current president of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
His new home, Boston Hall. has for many years been used as the head office of the Ogden Group, an international manufacturing group.
The property, which dates back to 1807, boasts six-bedrooms and five reception rooms.
Mark Yeadon, manager of family-run business Douglas Yeadon Hardware on the High Street, said he was “pleased” the property would be brought back to residential use.
He added: “I would welcome anybody, no matter who they are to the village, as Boston Spa is a very nice place to live.”