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The Oxenham Arms Hotel & Restaurant

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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 beautiful medieval village of South Zeal in The Dartmoor National Park. A...
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South Zeal, South Zeal, Dartmoor National Park, Okehampton EX20 2JT, England
34.6 km to Exeter Airport
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed in the area and this place was a 25miles away (nothing is ‘close’ in Devon). However, it really was worth the journey. Four of us had dinner (midweek) and the food was well prepared, arrived quickly and was great value for money. The...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very pleasant stay . Hosts made us feel at ease from the moment we arrived. We stayed in the manaton room . The shower and toilet were on the small side but adequate for our needs. The bed , a wonderful four poster, was...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such an amazing place, beautiful building, excellent food, wonderful bedroom. Very atmospheric, would make a wonderful honeymoon destination. Lovely walks from the hotel, lovely gardens. Stayed in Bovey room, romantic, beamed ceiling, good bathroom, garden view. Extremely quiet. The evening meal was outstanding and the...More

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Reviewed June 9, 2018

Our 2nd visit to the Oxenham Arms & we weren't disappointed. A wonderfully atmospheric historic building with welcoming hosts & a great bar & restaurant. Perfect base for a visit to Dartmoor & under an hour's scenic drive to the South Devon coast. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed May 28, 2018

We picked on the Oxenham Arms because of its central location, because of its history and also because of good reviews. What a good choice! This has to be one of the most charming and friendliest hotels that we have ever stayed in. As an...More

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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 Parking
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Breakfast included
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Certificate of Excellence
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Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
Hotel class
Hotel class
Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
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Robert R
June 3, 2018|
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Response from iamafreeman | Reviewed this property |
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
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louisesky
January 2, 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
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defeo444
January 2, 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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"All rooms offer a unique expereince"
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"Can not recommend it enough. It was clean and the service was excellent"
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"The Bovey Room is large and comfortable, overlooking the garden at the back of the hotel."
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"Steak pie and mash, Fish and triple cooked chips?? Blackberry and apple crumble with icecream"
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