Steve and I had been here before, during Dartmoor Folk Festival a few years ago, but this time we were staying overnight, along with three Canadian relatives. It's a beautiful old building - possibly the oldest pub in the country, based around a 12th Century monastery. The rooms are excellent - with four poster beds and newly fitted-out bathrooms. The bar has a great range of beers and local ciders. We had a bit of a wait for the food, but the place was very busy, and they were a member of staff down, so that wasn't surprising. But then the food was well worth waiting for - we had a superb meal, and the venison was particularly good. And there's the garden - you can get straight up onto the moors, or just enjoy the view from the garden itself.
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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 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 ... more less
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- The Oxenham Arms Hotel & Restaurant South Zeal, Dartmoor National Park, Devon