Oast cowl types: The story behind the styles
Dude & Arnette 27th March 2020

Oast houses have played a huge roll in shaping the history of Kent and Sussex and they have become a symbol of the counties they inhabit. These much-loved buildings are a familiar sight throughout the countryside, their iconic bright white sails rising up across the landscape. But these beguiling buildings are more than just a... Read more

Oast Cowl Motifs: More Than Just Decorations
Dude & Arnette 13th March 2020

A cowl is an oast house’s crowning glory. But did you know that fitted to the kiln roof, cowls allowed the hot air to be drawn up through the hops and out through the roof? As they rotated in the wind, hot air was given the clearest escape path and the hops were kept safe... Read more

What is an oast house?
Dude & Arnette 17th January 2020

A question we get asked from time to time is, what actually is an oast house? For us, there couldn’t be a better symbol of Kent than an oast house. Their striking shape dots the countryside skyline, providing some Instagram worthy shots – but what exactly are they? In a nutshell, an oast house or... Read more

Help! Does my oast cowl need cleaning?
Dude & Arnette 20th December 2019

Since 1937, we have been cleaning oast houses across the country, both inside and out. Our specialist team can clean, paint and maintain your oast house to the highest standard, bringing joy to many more generations. So, if your oast house is looking a little drab and dated, maybe it is time to give it... Read more

Client Feedback: Restoring an oast cowl
Dude & Arnette 26th September 2019

Since we started in 1937, Dude and Arnette has restored hundreds of cowls around the UK. We approach every job with honesty, dedication and craftsmanship. We’re committed to making sure that our work is long-lasting and that our clients are happy with our work. Every project is approached as unique, so we can make sure... Read more

Five Great Pub Walks in East Sussex
Dude & Arnette 6th June 2019

East Sussex is not short on picturesque landscapes and country pubs, and now that summer is fast approaching, there is no better time to get out there. East Sussex’s gentle rolling countryside, combined with the promise of a great country pub, could inspire even the most reluctant walker to don walking boots and a cagoule.... Read more

5 Helpful tips for oast cowl maintenance
Dude & Arnette 16th May 2019

Here at Dude & Arnette we know looking after oast cowls is a serious crafty business. And if you don’t do much to maintain them… well, a costly one. Our expert team uses traditional building and maintaining methods (perfected over 4 generations) to weatherproof and protect your roof and ensure your roof is tip top!... Read more

Filming an oast cowl construction with Channel 4
Dude & Arnette 28th March 2019

The guys from Channel 4 love a good oast cowl construction. Back in 2017 they featured us in their Village of the Year programme showcasing the history of oast cowls and Kent peg tiles. This time, they approached us to film the construction of an oast house a from start to finish. This is part... Read more

Oast cowl repairs by hand
Dude & Arnette 11th January 2019

We’ve always worked with our hands here at Dude & Arnette, some of us used to be mechanics, some started working on oasts early raising cowls up by hand using pulleys and poles. We like getting stuck in, but there are lots of other reason why investing in a true craftsman for your oast cowl repairs... Read more

Oast House Restoration
Dude & Arnette 21st December 2018

It’s that time of year when those of us lucky enough to live in a period property are warming our feet by a large open fire. But period properties are hard work. Fact. They require tender, loving care, and a fair measure of expertise. It takes bravery and commitment to take on an oast house restoration and... Read more

Kent’s Oast history
Dude & Arnette 30th November 2018

Designed for the drying of hops, an oast (or oast house) is an essential part of Kent history. Kent was famed for its hop-growing, and the demand for somewhere safe to dry (kiln) the hops for the thirsty brewers was high. How did an oast house work? Green hops were picked in the hop gardens... Read more

Toasting a busy summer
Dude & Arnette 25th October 2018

We’ve had a wonderful summer here at Dude & Arnette, from press interviews celebrating craftsmanship to maintaining our much-loved oast cowl project Hop Farm and constructing brand new kiln roofs and oasts in Sussex. We couldn’t have done any of it without our hard-working team. Kent Life Magazine Our very own Dude was also interviewed... Read more