5 reasons why you should move to Boston Spa
PUBLISHED: 00:00 08 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:35 08 July 2019
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Neighbourhood know-how, places and people
Boston Spa is a sweet, chic and sassy little place. Definitely more than a village. It's vibrant, coveted commuter heaven, just off the A1 near Wetherby in that famed 'golden triangle' on the outskirts of Leeds. There's a Georgian high street at its heart which today is bursting with bars, shops and amenities.
A river runs through it. The Wharfe to be precise, which gives the place its own bit of magic with fresh air waterside walks and plenty of away-from-it all countryside space. Mineral-rich waters were discovered in the 1700s and between 1810 and 1819 the Spa Baths came to life. The taking of baths was highly popular in Georgian England and in its heyday up to 50 people a day are said to have bathed in the baths at Boston Spa. These buildings still stand today, now converted into residential use.
The Boston Spa of 2019 has an on-the-up feel to it. It's a nice place to bring up kids or relax into a quieter pace of life. It's also a place of blue plaques marking a proud history and heritage. Making his name on one of them is none other than cricket legend Geoff Boycott who makes his home in the suitably stately and impressive Boston Hall. Commuter comfort for those wanting easy access to the A1 and journeys north and south or into Leeds or York. Wider rail links at Leeds, York and Harrogate. Leeds Bradford airport an easy drive.
Bag a property
You can go very impressive. There are some real property gems. Grand detached Victorian villas hide behind chunky gates and high hedges off the main road. It's such a compact place that everywhere is within walking distance, making it a dream destination.
Smaller cottages and period properties are attracting a younger crowd who want a doer-upper somewhere with a bit of life in the evening. You'll see plenty of Farrow & Ball shades on heritage homes in this town.
Discover new-builds which look smart and offer masses of space to families who love the idea of bringing up a family in such an outdoorsy setting. Many of the properties, old and new, are built from honey-coloured Yorkshire stone which has definite kerb appeal.
You might not be able to take the waters as you would have in days gone by, but there's plenty of wellbeing to be had thanks to the waterside walks and big views that surround Boston Spa.
You can try an easy two-mile walk by the river or set off from the village centre and walk part of the Ebor Way close to Wetherby Racecourse and Thorpe Arch - somewhere you've probably only ever clocked on a signpost as you whizz by on the A1.
Find some easy-to-follow walks at bostonspapc.org.
Cafe & cocktails
A real food vibe in this village. And the locals love it. With Wetherby Racecourse on the doorstep, a place to head for 'pre' drinks is Tom Foolery which is a lively cocktail bar hosting pop-up events and cinema screenings.
At Southbank you'll find good pizza and burgers and more cocktails and wine. If your dog walk includes a stop-off after all the exertion, Stew & Oyster will satisfy with a dog-friendly welcome for the hound and seafood and beer for the grown-ups.
Sunny days call for tapas on the terrace and La Casita nails it with a mix of cosy in winter and gin terrace in summer. For the sweetest tearoom experience be tempted by the gorgeous Dulcie Butterfly. They're not just about sweet treats - discover blooms (an official TDY florist no less), gifts and event know-how.
Find some stylish independents along the High Street offering if not butcher, baker and candlestick maker, then definitely the modern-day equivalent.
London House looks very appealing with its display of designer rugs, globally sourced. Interior Affair has sharp and inspiring home design at its heart and stores such as Gifted, jeweller NJ Geddis, Barefoot Gallery and Kate Mell flowers offer personal service and well-chosen gifts.