We are a family run business based in the beautiful North Devon countryside, rearing Red Ruby Devon beef from our home Colleton Estate.

We sell our beef products direct from our farm to customers throughout the UK wishing to enjoy Devon farm fresh quality and the succulent taste and flavour of one of the world’s finest breeds of cattle.


Simon & Grania Phillips Colleton Manor, Chulmleigh EX18 7JS

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About Simon & Grania - A family business

Our farm supports a thriving ecosystem of wild animals, insects and wild plant-life. The cattle are a natural element of this very special ecosystem we call home - not far from the stunning Dartmoor National Park.

We are proud to farm Red Ruby Devons who nurture over 500 acres of our grass-land, in turn ensuring the health of the carbon-locking capability of this natural Devon scape through their gardening, increasing oxygen through photosynthesis. We rotate our beautiful cattle from field to field regularly to encourage new grass growth and periodically thin and plant trees to maintain the optimum heath of our forested land. Last year alone we planted over 10,000 trees - something Grania was proud to encourage awareness of during her term as High Sheriff of Devon.

We are blessed to eat our own delicious beef at Colleton Estate. Our farm and home is saturated with history, with a dwelling even recorded here in the Doomsday book in 1086! More recently, (in the late 1700s!) Colleton was home to Parson Jack Russel - famous as the huntsman who was responsible for breeding the Jack Russel Terrier! We don’t have any terriers, but we do adore our three generations of Golden Retrievers who love life on the farm too!


Sustainability and Beef Production in the UK

Colleton cattle are proud to be part of the solution to global warming, certainly not part of the problem. This is because our cattle live entirely on forage, mostly grass, grown in pasture which itself is a carbon sink. In fact pasture is a close runner up to trees when it comes to capturing and storing carbon. The older the pasture, the greater the amount of organic matter in the soil and therefore the greater amount of carbon it can store.

Granted, our cows do belch, they can’t help it, it is part of the digestive process, and this releases methane.  However, methane has a far shorter half-life in the atmosphere than carbon, 9.1 years versus hundreds of years!  So storing a lot of carbon and releasing a little methane is a win-win for the planet. Here at Colleton, our cattle graze on permanent pasture and we are also committed to regenerative agriculture, so we are experimenting with adding a variety of legumes and herbs to our shorter term pastures.  The cattle love this mixed pasture and it is much better for them than grass on its own.  Not only do the variety of herbs and legumes increase the carbon capturing capacity of the pasture, but they also provide food and habitat for a wider variety of wildlife than grass on its own.  Also, some of the deep rooted legumes improve the water holding capacity of the soil, thus reducing the risk of flooding.



Historic England Colleton Manor: House. Medieval origin, remodelled or rebuilt probably in 1612 by Humphrey Bury, altered in circa late C17 or early C18 and again in late C19 and or early C20. Local sedimentary stone dressed and brought to course and with granite dressings. Slate roof with granite coped gable ends with moulded caps and ball finials at the apexes. Gable end, axial and lateral stacks with dressed stone shafts with moulded caps. Plan and development: The existing house is largely the result of a major remodelling if not an entire rebuilding by Humphrey Bury in 1612. The only recognisable features of the Medieval house (apart from the chapel/gate house qv) are the cellar windows at the lower west end, the hall's small rear window and the former passage rear doorway, none of which are certainly insitu. The present house has a large hall at the right hand (east) end heated from a lateral fireplace at the back; the hall is unusually long and narrow which suggests it is on the site of the Medieval house. 


Gatehouse and integral former chapel. Probably C15 remodelled in circa C16 or early C17, minor alterations probably of the early C19 and repaired in C20. Local sedimentary ashlar with hollow chamfered plinth moulding. Slate roof with coped gable ends, the apexes with moulded caps and balls and coved stone eaves cornices. C19 stone stack on rear right hand corner with moulded cap. Plan and development: Small rectangular plan 2-storey building on an east-west axis. On the ground floor the one large room is entered by way of a doorway from the wide archway which passes through the right hand east end of the building to the forecourt of the house. The archway is not in line with the screens passage of the house. There is one large chamber above open to the roof, its access from an external stair turret at the left hand (west) end of the rear (north) wall. There is a doorway (now blocked) from the ground floor room to what must be a small closet under the stairs in the turret. The upper chamber was probably the C15 chapel.



Wikipedia Colleton is a hamlet and former manor in the civil parish and ecclesiastical parish of Chulmleigh, in the North Devon district of Devon, England. It is situated on the north side of a valley containing the River Taw. Its nearest town is Chulmleigh, which lies approximately 3.6 miles (5.8 km) to the south-west. It consists of the grade I listed Colleton Barton (the former manor house) and Colleton Mill, the former manorial mill, with another former industrial building situated at the approach to the bridge over the River Taw.


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