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SOUTH ZEAL , South Zeal nr Okehampton, EX20 2JT
The wonderful Oxenham Arms Hotel and Restaurant at in the centre of the village of South Zeal, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, near Okehampton. Built around the famous South Zeal Menhir Standing Stone, this 12th-century inn is set in its own monastery gardens in a pretty Devonshire village. A granite Tudor porch leads to a 536-year-old bar with a roaring log fire, and there is free Wi-Fi and free parking on site and free parking in the village.

All rooms include breakfast, complimentary vanity products and teas/coffees/water in room and freeview TV.

The Oxenham Arms Hotel is one of the oldest inns in England built 800 years ago. Home to a 14th century pirate It was once visited for a month by Charles Dickens and is the subject of a great many literary works.

The restaurant has picturesque views of Dartmoor. Guests can enjoy seasonal lunches, evening meals, and bar food - prepared using high-quality local produce.

The Oxenham Arms boasts traditionally furnished rooms, which retain charming old original features like wooden beams and stone walls. Each room is decorated with antiques, and also benefits from a TV and an en suite bathroom or shower room. Superking 4 Poster Oak Beds, Doubles and Twin. Perfect for romantic breaks or Dartmoor Walks. The most wonderful comfortable beds with hand made bespoke fabrics and antique furnishings.

Stylish Bar food in 1477 Bar, Formal Al La carte Dining in The Monastery Restaurant or lunch or dine in the Oak Dining Room with its massive Granite Fireplace . Log fires, oak beams, wonderful English history and charm. All 7 guest rooms are situated within the original Monastery and Manor House. Great Menus for all budgets.

See The Oxenham Arms Video by typing The Oxenham Arms Hotel on www.youtube.com The perfect romantic country Inn Hotel in Devon

Full Breakfast is included from only £118 per room. The perfect stop over for those travelling along the A30 to Cornwall or having a break in Dartmoor.
Free car parking at the hotel and also in the village of South Zeal.

A former 12th Century Monastery and Manor House and Grade 2* Listed Building made from granite and oak constructed by monks around the massive 5000 year old South Zeal Menhir Neolithic Standing Stone which is located within the building and can be touched and visited by guests.

With fine views up to Dartmoor's Cosdon Beacon.

Walks can be taken from the hotel directly up to Dartmoor with walking guide leaflets produced by the hotel .

The perfect holiday beak or stopover to or from Devon or Cornwall.

Breakfast,Lunch or Dine in the 536 year old bar, 800 year old Monastery Restaurant,Oak Dining Room or beautiful beer gardens. The Monastery Restaurant was recently recommended by the Western Morning News newspaper. Local produce, Fantastic Service, Presentation and Excellent Value Lunch and Evening Meals.

The Oxenham Arms is a CAMRA Heritage Pub of Great Britain - Devon Real Ales, Ciders and Fine Wines are always available.

Step outside to beautiful beer garden with views to the moor which originally formed part of the Monastery gardens.

You can see the hotels own Dartmoor Ponies and rare breed Dartmoor Sheep in the paddocks next to the beer gardens.

All 7 guest rooms have either new bathrooms or shower rooms. Room prices are great value as they include~ full English breakfast included along with complementary in-room teas/coffee/chocolate/bottled water/cookies.

Complementary luxury bathroom vanity products are included.

All rooms have high quality cotton sheets and fluffy bathroom towels with rooms changed and cleaned daily.

New Flat Screen rotational Freeview TV/DVD/CD/Radio. Hairdryers. Full length Mirrors. Dimmable mood lighting in all guest rooms.

All Oxenham Arms Room guests receive a pack of full colour 5 "Walks from The Oxenham Arms" walking guides and maps to explore the Dartmoor National Park designed by a local Dartmoor walking expert. Wireless Internet is available for your use within the hotel.

There is a guest lounge area on the hotel 1st floor landing.

Private Dining is also available.

Running across the 4 Acres of the Oxenham Arms grounds lies the "Dartmoor Way" Walking Trail, the hotel also keeps its own rescue Dartmoor Ponies~ Jack and Darcy.

History of The Oxenham Arms..

The Oxenham Arms is undoubtedly of the oldest Inns in existence, this is where Charles Dickens once stayed and wrote his Pickwick Papers, Admiral Nelson stayed, The Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould who wrote the hymn " Onward Christian Soldiers ". Charles Kingsley wrote of The Oxenham Arms in his famous novel " Westward Ho " .

The Oxenham Arms was the entire setting for the Author Eden Philpotts novel "The Beacon". Its name is derived as it was the birthplace of Captain John Oxenham ~ Sir Francis Drakes Ally and 1st Navigator for the English fleet and a renowned Pirate in the mid early 1500's.

Unique in the world - the building is constructed of Granite and Oak around a famous massive 5000 year old South Zeal Prehistoric Granite Standing Stone which is around 1000 years older than Stonehenge. The stone still stands in the ancient snug behind the bar and you can sit next to the stone in the evening by a lovely log fire.

Food at The Oxenham Arms..

The Ox food philosophy is to serve locally sourced foods for lunches and evening meals, Sunday lunches for example are only £8.95 - brilliant great value menus for lunch, evening and fun bar food. Dartmoor, Somerset. Devon and Cornwall Real Ales and a great selection of Fine Wines and Spirits are served in either the 1477 Bar, Oak Dining Room, Monastery Restaurant or the Beer gardens.

Dogs are allowed on leads in the bar and gardens but not overnight in the guestrooms due to the bespoke fabrics and furnishings.

All rooms sleep 2 Adults but Child Z beds are also available in Chagford Room or Bovey Room for £25 per night extra per child to cover breakfast, bedding and housekeeping costs please call to book in advance or arrival after booking your Laterooms room with us.

In the village of South Zeal across the road from The Oxenham Arms is a wonderful Post Office and General Stores for all of your other consumable needs whilst travelling ! For those looking for short walks or cycling, guides are available for interesting walks around the village of South Zeal itself, famous for its burgage plot design and working farms.

The Oxenham Arms will be a unique and pleasurable experience for you and will provide a great place to visit or stay as you enter The Dartmoor National Park or head along the A30 on the way to or from Cornwall or North Devon or South Devon.
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95% recommended this accommodation to a friend 95% would stay again
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What a find.
A warm welcome greeted our arrival; beautiful room with the most comfortable bed and wonderful views of Dartmoor. We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay & celebrate our Wedding Anniversary.

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Richard A

From Wokingham, UK
Who stayed in November 2014

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comfey bed
we stayed in the Lyndon room which is on the front of the hotel with a view of the village street which was very quite. The room was an average size with a lovely huge four poster bed which was very comfortable indeed. We had our evening meal in the restaurant on 2 occasions. The food was very good with a good choice. Good service. The breakfast was lovely and you could have what you liked. The bar was very cosy with a lovely real fire and the local people are very friendly and chatty. The owners Simon and Lyn will do anything for you to make sure your stay is perfect.

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a robertson

From Rugeley, UK
Who stayed in November 2014

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On the whole the room was tastefully furnished, with good veiws, but felt the bathroom was to small
much to expensive for what it was!!

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Jenny Bell

From Wotton Under Edge, UK
Who stayed in October 2014

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Thoroughly enjoyable visit!
Friendly, warm welcome to a completely fascinating and idiosyncratic establishment.
Warm welcome from owners, friendly staff, unique very, very old buildings and good beer to accompany excellent English food; personally could not ask for more!

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John Scrivens

From Hythe, UK
Who stayed in September 2014

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last minute escape...
Had a really lovely, welcoming stay. Looked after extremely well by Simon, John and team. Lovely comfy beds and really amazing history of the building itself. This was a GREAT stay...not just a good one! Would go back again and would definitely recommend a stay.

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Nicole C

From Bedford, UK
Who stayed in June 2014

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Nice change from big 'generic' hotel chains
Cannot praise the Oxenham highly enough. Despite arriving late I was greeted warmly and shown promptly to my room which was comfortable and pleasantly different from the sterile business-class rooms of chain hotels. All staff were very friendly and the quality of food (breakfast and evening meal) was excellent - I recommend the venison. Loved discussing the history and famous patrons of the pub. Would recommend to anyone visiting the area.

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J Newman

From Cannock, UK
Who stayed in June 2014

Travelling alone

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Very refreshing break
We stayed here for 3 nights looking for a base around Dartmoor for a few relaxing days. We received a very warm welcome and enjoyed our stay very much. The food was excellent - we ate in the bar each evening, but could have chosen the restaurant or snug, and Lyn's breakfasts were just what was needed before a day of activity in the area. No shortage of things to do, with the North Devon coast and East Cornwall very accessible. Simon's historical tour of the building was not to be missed - so much history in an amazing building. And a lovely village - we felt very welcome.

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Paul S

From Worcester, UK
Who stayed in May 2014

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excellent in every way
Perfect location, room and breakfast, love the animals

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sally h

From UK
Who stayed in April 2014

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Hotel with bags of historic charm
Brilliant atmosphere,service and location.A perfect base to enjoy the delights of Dartmoor.The room was beautifully decorated and maintained ,the four poster bed so comfortable it was difficult to leave.As was the Hotel!We have booked to stay again later in the year.

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Mark L

From UK
Who stayed in April 2014

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wonderful stay
Wonderful ancient building very clean warm rooms, great beds, friendly owners and staff. Will return and definitely recommend

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L Bull

From UK
Who stayed in January 2014

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