A historic Leicestershire community dating back to 1107

Bungalows at Freemen's Holt

Holt_rooms_032_resized_smaller.jpgThe bungalows at Freemen's Holt are light and airy with good sized rooms.

The properties can be made very comfortable in either traditional or contempory styles. 

You can add your own touches to make the bungalow your home for life.

The floor plans are available in pdf format click the link below, rotate the image and zoom in to see more details of room sizes.Use the right click button on your mouse to get the options up

Book yor viewing by calling the office on 0116 283 4017 any time on Monday to Thursday during office hours 

Floor Plan of Standard Bungalow

Floor Plan of Extended Bungalow

Freemen's Holt - Standard Bungalow Available



Retired, aged needy Freemen, or a Freeman's widow or widower are potentially eligible to move to Freemen's Holt. If you are considering a move to a quiet, safe environment then contact Jane Hammond or Sharon Lewis-Clarke at the office on 0116 283 4017 for  information about Freemen's Holt or to get more information about independent living within a sheltered housing environment and what this can offer.  

Maybe you have a relative who meets the criteria and would like a chat about the options, then pick up the phone and give us a call on 0116 283 4017.


How many of your neighbours do you currently know? Would you like to live as part of a thriving community? Are you an eligible Freeman or widow/widower of state retirement age, if yes then why not consider living at Freemen’s Holt.

It’s independent living without stress. You can live in a safe, secure environment without unwanted sales people calling at your door, no noisy neighbours or threatening youths hanging around.

What do you do if a boiler breaks down, or a pipe bursts? If your fence blows down or you have an electrical problem, who do you call? This is not a problem at Freemen’s Holt as the Deputies will arrange for their experienced tradesmen to undertake repairs, at no cost to the resident

If you are unwell or if you have a spouse who is ill and need someone to turn to you are never alone. You can contact someone at the end of a button as there is 24/7 cover that you can call for. Not an answer machine but an actual person. Any emergency will be dealt with at any time of the day or night.

The properties and estate are maintained to a very high level. The bungalows are light and airy and are freshly painted ready for you to move in. Wet rooms are installed for your safety and ease of use. The bungalows are very easy to keep clean with no stairs to cope with. Residents are responsible for interior decor, floor coverings and any special personal adaptations with routine maintenance being provided by the estate.

You would have your own patio area and garden at the front of each bungalow to do with as much or as little as you want but there are also beautiful grounds which you can enjoy without having any of the hard work maintaining them.

If you go away there is always someone around to keep an eye on your bungalow to ensure that any problems are dealt with or deliveries can be received even during your absence.

There is a modest monthly maintenance charge made for residents to live at the Holt. For this monthly payment the estate provides buildings insurance, full bungalow maintenance and 24/7 alarm monitoring by the employees of the estate during working hours and the Leicester Housing out of office hours. The grounds are maintained for the benefit of the residents. There is also a laundry room on site with two driers for use by residents.

There are three twin rooms available above the office (for a nominal fee) that can be used by friends or family who come to visit. The community centre is also available for a family get together or celebration as you wish.

A workshop has been erected for use by hobbyists and there are allotments for the keen gardeners.

There are also a variety of social activities held at the Holt including lunches, card making, crafts and exercise classes, games evenings, coffee mornings and other ad hoc activities and events. Transport is provided via the local council and is available for people with mobility problems to provide visits to the library, Fosse Park, Beaumont Leys, and the town centre on a regular basis.

If you would like more information you can come for a chat and a look around the Holt with no obligation, just call the office to arrange a suitable time. Why not come and enjoy life at Freemen’s Holt. Call Jane Hammond at the office 0116 283 4017 for more information

How Do I Apply?


Aged needy Freemen or a Freeman's widow or widower may apply to live at Freemen's Holt.

Aged is generally accepted as over state retirement age however if a person has some other need this will be taken into account by the deputies when they review all submitted applications.

Needy has many meanings including being in poor health, not being able to manage stairs or the maintenance of a house and/or garden as well as not being able to manage the on-going costs of maintenance on a property. Property owners can sometimes be asset rich and cash poor. There are many instances of being needy, all of which will be taken into account by the Deputies.  

Enquiries should be made by calling 0116 283 4017 or via the "contact us" page of the website. Enquiries may also be submitted from the “Contact Us” page of the website and the Clerk will get back to you by return. Your details will be taken and an application form will then be sent for you to complete along with a stamped address envelope as necessary.

The deputies will arrange to visit applicants at a mutually convenient time to ensure that they have all the necessary information to make a decision to allocate a property.   

All applications will be considered when a bungalow becomes available and the property will be allocated to the most “needy” applicant at that time.


About Freemen's Holt


The last parcel of land owned by the Freemen was 70 acres known as Freemen's Common and here in 1856 the first cottages were built to accommodate aged needy Freemen and Freemen’s widows. These were not separate cottages but were all contained within one building.

By 1968 the Freemen had sold and disposed of all their lands to the Leicester City Council, under a compulsory purchase agreement. With the proceeds of the sale 7.5 acres of land at Aylestone known as the Holt was purchased on which the Freemen have constructed a small estate comprising of 36 bungalows, a community hall, an estate office and allotments. This is now known as “Freemen’s Holt”.

The bungalows that have been constructed here are for occupancy by aged needy Freemen and theirspouses, widows or widowers. They replaced the Victorian cottages previously referred to which are now used as the University Health Centre.

All of the bungalows and the estate generally are designed to be disabled friendly. The bungalows are unfurnished, double glazed, central heated and each has it’s own private patio garden. Each bungalow consists of a double bedroom, lounge, galley kitchen and wetroom. A long term plan is currently underway to convert a small number of bungalows by the addition of a second double bedroom.

All bungalows are fitted with smoke alarms and emergency call equipment monitored 24 hours a day by the office staff during working hours and the Leicester Housing Association at other times.

During the year there are various social activities and outings arranged with inputs from the Residents Social Committee. Most of the social activities take place in the community centre which is also used for Board and Committee meetings by the Deputies.

The inside of the bungalows are light and airy and they can be adapted to almost any style. The traditional and modern are both suitable.

Grounds men maintain the landscaping of the Holt which is being continuously improved and enhanced. There is a patio area with seating and views along the canal which forms one of the boundaries to the estate, a small fishing stage for any would be anglers, a number of peaceful seating areas to contemplate the natural surroundings and a pond again with seating.

There are a small number of allotments on site and these are available to any Freeman or Freeman’s widow, widower, resident or non-resident who would like to garden.

Above the estate office we have furnished accommodation that is available at a very modest charge for visitors to the Holt wishing to stay overnight.

Within easy walking distance of the gates of the Holt are a wide range of shops, a post office and an excellent bus service into the city, Fosse Park and other places of interest.

The doctors surgery and chemist are also within easy walking access and a choice of other surgeries covering the area may considered as an option by residents.

Summing up the Holt is a very pleasant and peaceful place to live situated behind St Andrews church it is private and secure. Living at the Holt means that you have security, peace of mind and the freedom to lead your own life.

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