Our Story

Restoring hop kilns takes great skill and precision, and our team are all highly trained craftsmen. As a family business, we place great stock in values such as trust and integrity. We’re proud that we don’t use subcontractors – we would never risk compromising the quality of our work or our reputation.

Despite our keen sense of tradition, we’re a very modern business. And while new technologies don’t always deliver what they promise (see our FAQ page for our thoughts on fibreglass oast cowls), we are nevertheless always looking for effective modern methods to increase quality and minimise cost for our clients.

Hop Farm and beyond

Since we started in 1937, Dude and Arnette has restored hundreds of cowls around the UK, including the famous Hop Farm Family Park in Kent, the world’s largest collection of Victorian oast houses.

We have also worked with many of our homegrown breweries since the 1930s, restoring cowl roofs in the manner they would have been constructed for their original use – which was typically to dry out hops for making beer.

Today, the majority of our clientele are homeowners, and we know how much people love living in converted oast buildings. They remain a wonderful part of our British heritage – and we’re committed to making sure that they are here for generations to come.