Killerton estate produce

We make our own cider on the Killerton estate.

With 20 farms, 50 acres of orchards and large areas of forest and woodland, Killerton estate is able to produce a range of sustainable, local products including meat, dairy, charcoal, firewood, flour, cider and apple juice.

Killerton was recognised for its high quality sparkling cider, apple juice, honey, and flour when it won three National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards this year. One of the estate's tenant farms, Burrow Farm also won an award.

Killerton Medium Sparkling Cider was overall drinks winner

Since the early 1990s Killerton’s sparkling cider has been made using apples from five estate orchards managed directly by National Trust Rangers and volunteers. The apple varieties used are of West Country origin and including local apples such as Star of Devon, Hangy Down, the Killerton Sweet and Killerton Sharp making it a very unique cider. The apple collecting and pressing is done by volunteers; ‘working holiday’ group and a drop-in family event known as ‘Big Pick’. All the apples are collected by hand and then crushed on site using a 200 year old traditional farm press. The local flavour, heritage, tradition and community involvement make Killerton cider a product worthy of national recognition and one which fully celebrates traditional farming methods.

Volunteers operate the 200 year old cider press at Killerton
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Volunteers operate the 200 year old cider press at Killerton

Apple juice

Killerton apple juice has a moreish sweet-sharp taste and is pressed using traditional West Country dessert apples grown in the Acland family’s orchards at Killerton. No chemicals are used and the orchards are a real haven for wildlife. Straight after harvesting, the juice is locally made for sale on the estate. 

Stone milled flour

Clyston Mill is a traditional water mill at the heart of the Killerton Estate and nestled by the river Clyst. The mill is cared for by custodians Brian and Ursula Kirby who worked to reopen it as a visitor attraction and working mill in 2005. They volunteer their time to mill all the award winning flour, which is sold locally and used by the restaurant and café at Killerton.

Charcoal and firewood

Killerton’s charcoal and firewood logs are made by the Ranger team and assisted by a regular countryside volunteer group. The timber used to make the charcoal and logs is a product of our woodland management in Ashclyst Forest.  All the timber is removed with careful attention to reduce disturbance to habitats, allowing the products to be truly sustainable and ‘fuel to the fire’ of habitat conservation at Killerton.

 

Where can you buy Killerton produce?

Killerton estate produce is used in our restaurant and cafe, and is sold in the shop.

Clyston Mill is nestled by the River Clyst.

Experience Clyston Mill

Nestled by the River Clyst sits one of the South West's last remaining working watermills.

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Join a working holiday at Killerton

Fancy something a little different from a holiday? By joining a working holiday, you could be helping us make award-winning estate cider or decking the halls for Christmas at Killerton.