Killerton estate produce

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 in 2018. One of the estate's tenant farms, Burrow Farm also won an award.

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Killerton's cider

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, including local apples such as Star of Devon, Hangy Down, the Killerton Sweet and Killerton Sharp making it a very unique cider. 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.

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.

Killerton's slighlty sparkling cider

Killerton's cider wins Overall Drinks Winner at Fine Food Awards 

For the second year running, in 2018 the Killerton Estate won the Overall Drinks Award for its Medium Sparkling Cider at the national Fine Food Awards. There are over 50 acres of orchards on the estate which are home to over 100 traditional apple varieties including the oddly named ‘Slack-ma-girdle’ and ‘Hangy Down’ varieties.