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The Oxenham Arms Hotel

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South Zeal
Dartmoor National Park
Nr. Okehampton
EX20 2JT

Tel: 01837 840244

Fax: 01837 849301

The Oxenham Arms Hotel


Key Features

  • Celebrity connection - Previous visitors to the Oxenham Arms. Charles Dickens wrote Pickwick Papers here. The Rollings Stones, David Bowie, Baring Gould (Onward Christian Soldiers) and Prince Charles. The Oxenham Arms was originally built as a Monastery in the 12th Century
  • Country house
  • In countryside - The Dartmoor Way footpath passes through the rear of the gardens up to Dartmoor.
  • Inn
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest - Boasting fact and perhaps fiction, The Oxenham Arms has long provided archaeological and architectural comment. In the small lounge behind the bar, set in the wall, is a monolith and learned theory states that the monastic builders placed their house around this prehistoric stone, shaped by man over 5,000 years ago. Notwithstanding deep digging, its foundations have never been reached! And whilst some may slumber deep and peacefully at night, legend has it that two ghosts, a lady and a monk keep careful and friendly watch over guests.
  • Village Location

Children & Infants

  • Accept children all ages
  • Children's videos/DVDs available
  • Cot - Available on request.
  • Facilities for children - Childs Z beds available - up to 14 years in Bovey and Chagford rooms at surcharge
  • Highchair - Available on request.

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking - Large Public Car Park 3 minutes walk from Hotel
  • Off site parking
  • On site parking

Leisure Facilities

  • Arrangements for riding/pony trekking - Available.
  • Fishing - Available- nearby- we can arrange.
  • Games Room - Snug Bar contains Board Games
  • Health/Fitness/ Beauty Facilities - Ladies massage and beauty treatments available in Bovey or Chagford rooms by prior request.


  • Additional meal details - “The Standing Stone Restaurant” a la carte lunches and dining. Take Away Food available. Cream Teas available. Gluten Free and Special Dietary needs catered for.
  • Bar - Available.
  • Cater for vegetarians - Always available
  • Local Produce English Breakfast
  • Room service - Available on request.
  • Serve breakfast
  • Serve evening meal
  • Serve lunch
  • Serves Local Food

Payment Methods

  • Accept Bank Transfers, Internet Payment or SWIFT/IBAN
  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Room / Unit Features

  • CD Player in all bedrooms
  • Colour television in all bedrooms
  • Digital TV
  • DVD Player in all bedrooms
  • Electric shaver point
  • Four poster beds available
  • Free View TV
  • Hairdryer in all bedrooms
  • Non smoking rooms available
  • Radio in all bedrooms
  • Tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms
  • Telephone in all bedrooms
  • Washer/Dryer
  • WiFi

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Business facilities (eg. Fax/ modem)
  • Central heating throughout
  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Garden/patio for guests' use - Original Monastery gardens and beer gardens
  • Ironing facilities
  • Licenced for alcohol
  • Night porter
  • Open all year
  • Pets accepted - Dogs on leads are welcome in the public bar and beer garden Dogs are not allowed in the guestrooms due to bespoke fabrics in rooms
  • Real log/coal fires
  • Regular evening entertainment
  • Separate guests' lounge - Lounge on first floor guest landing
  • Welcome single sex groups, eg stag/hen parties
  • Wireless Broadband Internet Access

Specialist Features

  • Aim to attract conferences and business meetings - Small conferences and business meetings
  • Christmas/New Year Programme
  • Honeymoon Breaks
  • Mobile Phone Reception
  • Special provisions for cyclists - Cycles can be stored overnight in lock up
  • Special provisions for lone female travellers

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Min group size numeric qualifier - Four (4)
  • Packed lunches available
  • Room/unit allocations available

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From M5 - leave at Junction 31 - on to A30. After 16 miles leave A30 onto A382, signed to Services, Whiddon Down ,Moretonhamstead. Carry straight on at small roundabout. After 2 miles slow down turn right 10 yards after the white South Zeal sign, signed to South Zeal. The Oxenham Arms is in the centre of the village on the left opposite the village stores and Post Office.

Public Transport Directions

7 minutes drive from the main A30 dual carriageway making it an ideal stopover from Devon to Cornwall.
25 minutes drive from Exeter.
Bus transport available from South Zeal to Exeter, Okehampton, Chagford and Moretonhamstead.

Opening Times

The Oxenham Arms (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* Open 7 days a week all year.
For the rest of the year we are open for Hotel , public bars, bar food and restaurant.
Take Away food also available.
7 days a week lunchtimes and evenings
Food is served from 12 mid day until 3PM then 6PM until 9PM
Sunday Lunch is served from 12 mid day until 3PM
Public Bars Opening Hours 12 mid day until 3PM then 6PM until 11PM ( 10.30PM on Sundays )
Open all day on Bank Holidays and Festival days

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