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The Oxenham Arms Hotel & Restaurant

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South Zeal, South Zeal, Dartmoor National Park, Okehampton EX20 2JT England See on map
Free Wifi
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Non-Smoking Hotel
4 Star accommodation
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The Oxenham Arms Hotel and Restaurant at South Zeal is the oldest heritage inn in Devon & Cornwall.Rated AA 4 Star Gold Award with 7 luxury hotel guest rooms. Just 5 minutes off the A30 to Cornwall, yet set in a ...More beautiful medieval village of South Zeal in The Dartmoor National Park. A unique property, it was originally a 12th Century monastery built by Benedictine monks around a 5000 year old Neolithic Granite carved Standing Stone called the South Zeal Menhir which still exists in the building. The Oxenham Arms provides a wonderful 537 year old beamed bar with fabulous bar meals, The Monastery Restaurant fine dining la carte restaurant, ancient snug bar and a family group function room all set in 5 acres of lovely grounds and gardens. This wonderful Grade II* Listed building was once once occupied by the Earls of Oxenham. Charles Dickens wrote his Pickwick Papers as a guest here when the Oxenham Arms was a Coaching Inn on the original Exeter to Plymouth Road. A true "Freehouse" Grade Manor House Hotel, this lovely establishment with friendly staff and great food is the oldest CAMRA real ale Heritage Inn in Devon & Cornwall. Open 7 days a week for food and bars you will find a lovely atmosphere, friendly welcoming staff and being right on the edge of Dartmoor, you can walk from the garden following the Dartmoor Trail up to the beautiful Cosdon Beacon on Dartmoor. Close to the A30 Dual Carriageway and only 25 minutes from Exeter,20 mins from Chagford,35 mins from Tavistock,50 minutes from Padstow an hour and a half from Bristol, three and a half from London, just 10 minutes from Gidleigh, Castle Drogo or Fingle Bridge. For hotel guests,the Oxenham provides a series of 5 walking guides to take you on the most beautiful scenic walks or cycling routes onto Dartmoor from 1 to 6 hours depending on the route. Novice to experience horse riding on Dartmoor can be organised starting just 5 minutes from the hotel. For those on their way to or from Cornwall or visiting Dartmoor, The Oxenham Arms Hotel is the perfect luxury room stopover. Sleep in a room where Charles Dickens once stayed, or another where Captain John Oxenham 14th Century Pirate and 1st Navigator for The English Naval Fleet once lived, another where 12th Century Benedictine Monks had their quarters, another where a Neolithic Prehistoric Standing Stone is beneath your superking bed... The incredible Oxenham Arms Hotel at South Zeal, Dartmoor National Park, Devon EX20 2JT Less
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Banquet Room
Non-Smoking Hotel
Room Service
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
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Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
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Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
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US$150 - US$175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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The Oxenham Arms Hotel & Restaurant South Zeal, Devon
United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park > Okehampton > South Zeal
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had had a very pleasant evening on thursday so booked in for friday at 7.30pm. After taking our order we waited an hour for our starters and were totally ignored during this time, As it was my boyfriend's birthday I did not enquire where...More

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Response from OxenhamArmsSouthZeal, Owner at The Oxenham Arms Hotel & RestaurantResponded 3 days ago

Dear StandardsQueen We appear to have failed to meet your standards ! But seriously we apologise if you were inconvenienced. Everything we serve here at The Oxenham Arms is both made from local ingredients and prepared completely to order when you give us your order...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Oxenham arms was a convenient place next to the wedding venue so for me excellent It is not really suitable for diabled people and I am walking disabled but just managed the rickety stairs. It is a beautiful old building the room I had...More

Thank marian h
Response from OxenhamArmsSouthZeal, Owner at The Oxenham Arms Hotel & RestaurantResponded 3 days ago

Hello Marian It was a pleasure to meet both yourself and your sister during your sons wedding next door. I suppose we could say if you thought we were priced " compared to what ? " Our rooms include breakfast buffet, cooked breakfast, free wifi,...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

'Ere be dragons'. Not the delightful barmaid/waitress who was charming, helpful and efficient nor the gentleman who was also helping and was very pleasant but the middleaged woman who, when I arrived very early and asked where the ladies toilets were quizzed me on my...More

Thank Margaret C
Response from OxenhamArmsSouthZeal, Owner at The Oxenham Arms Hotel & RestaurantResponded 3 days ago

Dear Ere be dragons Thank you for your 4 out of 5 review and your super comments on our food. Put simply we are sorry that we had to move you to another table, this was simply that you sat on a pre reserved (...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Made to feel very welcome from the moment we arrived by Lynn, Simon and John, our room was lovely and very clean as was the whole hotel, bar and restaurant rooms. Stunning views especially in garden. Food was fantastic in the restaurant and breakfast freshly...More

Thank loumias
Response from OxenhamArmsSouthZeal, Owner at The Oxenham Arms Hotel & RestaurantResponded 6 days ago

Dear Loumias What a great review thank you so much. It was a great pleasure meeting you all and I know you had driven such a long way. We are always humbled by the fact that people travel so far to come and stay with...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this evening with my husband, brother in law and sister in law. We got lost due to sat nav malfunction and Simon rang us on behalf of my brother in law, there was no phone signal, who was worried about us and he made...More

Thank Daphne J
Response from OxenhamArmsSouthZeal, Owner at The Oxenham Arms Hotel & RestaurantResponded 6 days ago

Dear Dilly Well thank you so much for your fabulous review of The Oxenham Arms South Zeal. We are very fortunate in having many many visitors from Exeter as we are only 20 mins up the A30. May we say it was an absolute please...More

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Hi You can forget about parking withing the hotel since there is only room for 4 cars on the small forecourt. However, during our stay we had no problems parking in the very quiet road close to the hotel. It really wasn't a... More
2 January 2018|
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I have not watched 'four in a bed' , not my kind of preferred viewing at all ..... so I only have first hand experience of staying in the Oxenham Arms which was delightful and we found the owners to be nothing but... More
2 January 2018|
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Response from YJP568 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with Paul N. TV programmes like that are edited in such a way as to be contentious. We found the owners and all of the staff very friendly and helpful. This small historic hotel and restaurant also serves... More
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