A. H. Freemantle Funeral Directors Botley

A. H. Freemantle Independent Funeral Directors, Botley branch opened in October 2013 and is managed by Claire Chandler.

Claire has over 20 years’ experience arranging funerals and helping families in the Botley and the surrounding area, having previously managed F C Hughes Funeral Directors in Hedge End.

Our office is situated on Botley High Street. There is parking in the village car park behind the Dolphin Hotel or you may also use the car park behind Reggina’s Italian Restaurant. There is also further roadside parking.

Claire supports families in all areas between Wickham and Southampton. Whether you require a more bespoke service, such as a horse drawn hearse or a ‘green’ woodland burial, or whether you are looking for a funeral within a strict budget, call us on 01489 876 546 or email us mail@ahfreemantle.co.uk

Today, more than ever before, there is no one funeral that fits all. Each funeral should represent that unique person. We can offer any type of funeral service and because of this there are many different cost options. Below are some examples of funerals we offer.

Funeral costs are made up of two charges. Our fees, and those fees payable on your behalf also known as ‘disbursements’.

Our fees are payable following the funeral except where stated. They include all administration, looking after the person who has died until the time of the funeral, chapel visits, liaising with relevant parties on your behalf, arranging orders of service, music and anything else you feel you need, as well as providing a funeral director and bearers on the day of the funeral.

As an independent family company, the person arranging the funeral with you will also be your funeral director on the day, wherever possible.

Disbursements are payable on account after the funeral except where stated. Amongst other items these will include the cremation fee, doctor’s cremation certificates, council burial fees, minister / celebrant fee, newspaper announcements, organists, possibly flowers and sometimes even caterers.

Before a funeral takes place a full itemised estimate will be provided to cover all our services and the disbursements that are required to be paid on your behalf. Any additions to this we will discuss with you, prior to receiving our final invoice, after the funeral has taken place. In addition to our standard prices, we have introduced some fixed price offerings that allow families the opportunity to say farewell to their loved ones in a dignified way while keeping costs to a minimum. We really do want to help so please email or speak to us if you are in any doubt.

The fixed price options are as follows:

Direct cremation / Unattended cremation £1000 

Full payment is required in advance. The cremation will take place on a date and at a crematorium of our choosing.

This includes:

  • bringing the person into our care during working hours
  • care and attention until the day of the cremation
  • a coffin suitable for cremation
  • transport and personnel on the day of the cremation
  • returning the ashes as agreed or scattering in the garden of remembrance



Cremation Committal only including all fees:  £1200 plus disbursements.

Full payment is required in advance.

Where no service is required but family wish to attend the crematorium and perhaps listen to music or say some personal words.

The coffin will be in the chapel on the family’s arrival or family can provide their own bearers.

This includes:

  • bringing your loved into our care in working hours
  • care and attention until the funeral, including chapel visits
  • a light oak veneered coffin, lining and inscription plate
  • providing music as required
  • a single point of contact who will be in attendance the funeral on the day



Fixed Price Cremation £1700 plus coffin choice and disbursements.

Payable following the funeral this fixed price offer has no variation of services. Further options will revert to our standard price list.

This includes:

  • care and attention until the funeral, including chapel visits
  • the funeral on a date and time of your choosing where possible
  • bringing your loved into our care in working hours
  • a single point of contact who will be directing the funeral on the day
  • a hearse that will proceed directly to the crematorium from our premises
  • bearers as required
  • handling donations on the family’s behalf
  • liaising with doctors, crematoria, and ministers and all related administration


For comparison, the total cost for a funeral at Portchester Crematorium with a light oak veneered coffin, a celebrant or minister and doctors cremation certificate fees £3114

The total cost for a funeral at Wessex Vale as above £3399


Our Standard Fees

For a full list of our prices, and to enable us to give you an accurate quotation please call or email us one of our branches.

As an independent family company, we are pleased to advise and help without obligation.

Examples of current disbursements are as follows:

  • Cremation at Portchester Crematorium excluding organist £630
  • Cremation at The Oaks, Havant £875 or £695 prior to 10am
  • Cremation at Southampton Crematorium £825 or £615 prior to 10am or after 4pm
  • Cremation at Wessex Vale (Hedge End) including £945
  • Doctors’ cremation certificate fees £164
  • Celebrant or Ministers’ fees (these do vary from parish to parish) approximately £210


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