Oxenham Arms, South Zeal, Dartmoor National Park

Oxenham Arms, South Zeal, Dartmoor National Park

Extraordinary pub and village below high moor

An extraordinary pub, restaurant and hotel in the heart of a wonderful medieval village located between the high moor and National Park boundary, the Oxenham Arms is surrounded by some top Dartmoor visitor attractions and points of interest. Built around a prehistoric standing stone in the 1200s, guests at the Oxenham Arms have included Charles Dickens and Charles Kingsley. Previously used as a manor house and, apparently, a monastery, it's a pleasure just visiting the building.


Things to do around the Oxenham Arms

'Holiday in Dartmoor' helps visitors discover things to do and places to visit when exploring Dartmoor National Park. We are not a review site. This listing will help those looking to discover the area around South Zeal and the Oxenham Arms.


Medieval village

First, explore the building and the medieval village.



South Zeal is on the route of the Tarka Trail. Walk west into the gorgeous Belstone Cleave or cycle north into Mid Devon via South Tawton.

The Oxenham Arms is also on the Taw-Teign Link so you can walk south to meet the Two Moors Way at Chagford.

If you fancy experiencing the high moor, yomp up the flank of Cosdon Hill to Cosdon Beacon. We've been photographing and researching the Westcountry for decades and the views up top are some of the best around.


Dartmoor's prehistory

The standing stone around which the Oxenham Arms was built is one of many prehistoric attractions in the area. Explore Cosdon (The Cemetery) Stone Row and the Nine Maidens Stone Circle.


National Trust

Nearby, visit the National Trust's Finch Foundry. A little further away are the National Trust's Castle Drogo and Lydford Gorge.


Horse riding

Horse riders can take a trip out onto the north moor from Skaigh Stables Farm or Eastlake Riding Stables.



West of South Zeal is the gateway town Okehampton with its English Heritage Okehampton Castle and the Museum of Dartmoor Life. The Granite Way is superb if you're visiting with kids.



East and south east of South Zeal are Castle Drogo, the Teign Gorge, Fingle Bridge, Stone Lane Gardens, Spinster's Rock and Chagford.



A note on the history of the building. This is taken from a local information board in South Zeal. The Oxenham Arms is 'a Tudor building once the great house of the wealthy Burgoyne family. The original building was constructed around an immense granite menhir, or standing stone, clearly still visible today in an inner wall. The Oxenham and the adjacent Merchant's House represent prosperous times when wool, cloth manufacture and market trading brought much wealth to the village'.