Years of planning, dreaming, fundraising, building and the commitment of hundreds of volunteers and ex-offenders have given life to the architects drawings to create The Linhay.

The timber frame was created from oak trees felled as part of the thinning and coppicing cycle of Embercombe’s woodland. The walls are constructed with cob made from the same clay and gravel that has been dug from the site for the foundations.

Many of the materials used were stripped from old buildings, recovering 30,000 clay tiles for the roof, floor boards and lathes for our lathe and plaster walls, plus many other natural, sustainable and recycled materials.

Divided into two main complexes, the multi purpose buildings are equipped with kitchens, meeting rooms, studios, performance spaces and workshops.

Venue Hire

A multi-functional and versatile eco venue set in 50 acres of beautiful Devon valley with wonderful gardens, lake, woodland and orchards.

Come and soak up the atmosphere of The Linhay, a timber-framed, handcrafted, building situated in Embercombe – a pioneering organisation dedicated to inspiring positive change in the world through innovative programmes.

If you would like to hire the Linhay for your event, please get in touch. You can either email or call 01647 252983.

Sustainable Building

The Linhay generates its own energy through renewable energy as much as possible to lower carbon emissions, serving as a example for a low energy building:

  • Solar PV for electrical energy generation
  • A heat recovery system for hot water and heating
  • Wood burners in meeting rooms with locally sourced timber

Further environmental features include:

  • Sewage will be disposed of with reed bed systems that naturally break down the sewage into a state harmless to the environment
  • Rainwater harvesting and recycling


The Linhay has been five years in the planning and building and many hundreds of people have been involved in the process. We are indebted to the Directors of Viridor Credits, who awarded us the funds to build The Linhay, and to David Mann and Dartmoor National Park who each provided a proportion of matched funding, enabling us to secure the grant.

The design for the Linhay was created in collaboration with Paul Humphries Architects based in Exmouth and the planning and construction delivered by The Embercombe Building Company Ltd.

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