Welcome to The Oxenham Arms Hotel - About us
The Oxenham Arms is owned outright by Simon Powelll and Lyn Powell. Lyn Powell was born and bred in Exeter, her father 9 generations Devon and her mother 5 generations Somerset.Simon Powell was born in The Forest of Dean his father 7 generations from Gloucestershire. In 2012 they purchased the freehold for this fabulous historic building and spent six months refurbishing the building and hotel rooms. The Oxenham Arms is famously the oldest CAMRA Heritage Inn in Devon and Cornwall.
Lyn having been born in Exeter, makes The Oxenham Arms the only genuine locally owned, freehold owned hotel in Dartmoor.
below from Simon
"When we bought the hotel, we fell in love with it at first sight. It had been somewhat neglected in places and so we spent £170K over the ensuing 18 months refurbishing the building and installing new bath and shower systems and rooms, a new electrical system, plumbing and heating system in both the hotel and outbuildings. The commercial kitchen was completely refurbished and fire and health and safety equipment was installed. All the guest rooms were refurbished.
The majority of our team have worked with us here now since 2014. They love "The Ox" as we do
In 2014 we gained our Tourism Accreditation award with Dartmoor Tourism and Visit England
In 2016 we were listed by CAMRA Heritage team as the oldest Heritage Inn in Devon and Cornwall
In 2017 we achieved a AA 4 Star Gold Accommodation rating with a Gold Dinner Award for our restaurant and food
In 2018 we achieved an AA Rosette for our food and we have consistently maintained this right up to our most recent inspection in Summer 2021, we have maintained that award up to present date.
We love serving amazing food at sensible prices and do that in an environment where many others serve " not so amazing food or amazing food at high prices ! We like to sit in the middle to top end of our market. That is simply because that is what we would like to experience if ever we went to stay somewhere or for a memorable meal.
We have a fabulous bar, but we don't allow smoking in our doorways or swearing / mobile phones being used in our bar.
This is because we wouldn't want that if we went out for a drink, lunch or dinner.
Upstairs we are a lovely small luxury historical hotel. Very traditional but with modern comforts and exceptional cleanliness.
We are hugely into equality, animal rights, conservation and environmental protection.
We have 5 acres of grounds at The Oxenham Arms, they are home to our rescued Dartmoor ponies, Darcy and Jack, our rescued Dartmoor Sheep, and our two ganders.
We love people, love our customers and having a chat and a natter. You will find us wondering around and doing all sorts of jobs during your visit. We are very "hands on" as we love working at and owning what we believe to be the most beautiful and historic inn, pub, restaurant, hotel and historic building in Devon.
Hope to see you soon !
Lyn and Simon Powell and the Team at The Ox.