Located in the Texas Hill Country between Comfort and Fredericksburg, Hillingdon Ranch has been managed by the same family for more than 130 years.
The ranch was founded by Alfred Giles. Giles was raised near Hillingdon, Middlesex, England. He moved to Texas in 1873 for the climate after a bout with rheumatic fever. In 1876, Giles established a thriving architectural firm in San Antonio. In 1885 he partnered with his brother-in-law and began buying land near Comfort. Soon, Hillingdon Ranch, named for Giles’ native homeland, consisted of more than 13,000 acres.
Hillingdon Ranch remains a working ranch today. It is operated by Robin Giles (grandson of Alfred Giles); his wife, Carol; their son, Grant; and Grant’s wife, Misty.
Today there are some 250 heirs to the Hillingdon estate.
Hillingdon Ranch operates under a range management system that matches the number and types of livestock with the land’s ability to produce forage. The result is high quality products and a healthy, thriving landscape. The country is harsh and demanding, loaded with limestone and often plagued with drought.
The Hillingdon landscape consists of brush, forbs, and weeds. All of these plants have a purpose if you have the right animals to use them. All livestock is selected for adaptability. If they cannot adapt, they are culled.
Registered Angus cattle, Fine Wool sheep, and Angora goats graze the hills of Hillingdon Ranch. This type of animal mix allows for use of forage that would otherwise be useless because of different animal diet preferences. This also creates less stress on the vegetation. We breed for a dual purpose animal; one that is adapted to this country and yet still produces the best product possible.
Breeding stock, wool and mohair fiber, beef, lamb, and goat are available each year for purchase.
We welcome you out to the ranch anytime. We are committed to our customers, our livestock, the agricultural industry, and our natural resources.