Found this place purely by chance whilst on a visit to see relatives in the UK. The Oxenham Arms was so full of character and history you couldn't help but love it. Lyn and Simon were perfect hosts and together with Michelle and John made our stay very enjoyable, we were only sorry we couldn't stay longer. The beds were... More
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- The Oxenham Arms Hotel is one the most famous Coaching Inn Hotels in Great Britain. Totally unique in the world, it was originally a Monastery built by monks around a famous 5000 year old Neolithic Granite carved Standing Stone called the South Zeal Menhir. View the Oxenham Arms Hotel video on Youtube .Located in South Zealwithin the Dartmoor National Park, yet just 5 minutes off the A30 Dual Carriageway to Cornwall and Devon, South Zeal is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Devon Medieval Villages. The Ox provides wonderful bars, restaurants, acclaimed fine Gastro Pub food all set in lovely grounds and gardens in this 12th Century building once occupied by the Earls of Oxenham and Charles Dickens wrote some of his Pickwick Papers as a guest here when the Ox was a Coaching Inn on the original London to Plymouth Road. A true "Freehouse" Grade II* Listed Manor House, this privately owned hotel is one of the CAMRA real ale organisations listed National Heritage Inns of the United Kingdom. Open 7 days a week for food and bars you will find a lovely atmosphere, friendly welcoming staff and right on the edge of Dartmoor, you can walk from the garden following the Dartmoor Trail up to the Cosdon Beacon on Dartmoor. Close to the A30 Dual Carriageway and only 25 minutes from Exeter,20 mins from Chagford,35 mins from Tavistock, an hour and a half from Bristol, three and a half from London, just 10 minutes from Gidleigh, Castle Drogo or Fingle Bridge. For those staying for 1 or more days,the hotel 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. We look forward to greeting you ! ... more less
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