Five ways to winter-proof your oast house
Dude & Arnette 25th November 2021

Winter. It might come round once a year, and if you are not prepared it can end up costing you a fair bit.  This year has seen a dramatic rise in home working and many of us will be spending more time in our home this winter than ever. So making sure your oast house is... Read more

Five tips for decorating a round room
Dude & Arnette 12th November 2021

Fitting conventional furnishings into a circular room – like a converted oast house roundel – can feel a bit like trying to jam a square peg into a round hole. It seems like furniture makers rarely think outside the square box and almost everything is designed to fit against straight walls and 90-degree corners. But while... Read more

A brief history of Sussex’s oast houses
Dude & Arnette 21st September 2021

Hops have been grown in Sussex for around 500 years, meaning that oast houses have been a key feature of the Sussex landscape for half a millennia! Our nation’s love of beer all started at Sussex’s Winchelsea harbour around the 1400s as the first recorded imports of hopped beer began arriving on British soil. This... Read more

Great British Home Restoration Case Study
Dude & Arnette 20th August 2021

Hopefully, you caught our recent TV appearance on Channel 4’s new tv series: Great British Home Restoration with Charlie Luxton, but in case you didn’t, you can still see us in action on Channel 4’s catch-up service More4. And for those who share our love for history and heritage, we’ve put together a case study... Read more

6 Beers to try this International Beer Day
Dude & Arnette 29th July 2021

The first Friday of August is a special one in the world of beer – it is International Beer Day! This day is all about celebrating the wonder that is beer and enjoying brilliant brewing from all over the world. As it is international, it is of course obligatory to sample some exotic offerings. But... Read more

We’re live on Channel 4
Dude & Arnette

If you are fascinated by British heritage and love a good ‘before and after’ transformation you’re in for a treat. Last week Channel 4 launched a brand new series with Charlie Luxton called Great British Home Restoration, a tv programme following couples and families that transform historic buildings into their ultimate dream homes… and guess who’s... Read more

Enjoy an oast house holiday this summer
Dude & Arnette 15th June 2021

With international travel still up in the air (or well and truly grounded), there has never been a better time for a staycation. And perhaps the one benefit of lockdown has been discovering the unique gems that are right on our doorstep. You don’t have to travel far to experience some truly unique holidays and... Read more

What is an oast cowl?
Dude & Arnette 13th May 2021

Oast cowls are the distinctive chimneys you can see crowning traditional (and modern) oast houses. Back in the day, they provided a source of ventilation (as part of the brewing process while hops dried) and protected the kiln from the temperamental British weather. As fourth-generation oast cowl specialists, we hand-made and repair oast cowls to... Read more

Six of Kent’s Best Beer Gardens
Dude & Arnette 25th March 2021

Fancy a pint? That’s a question you probably haven’t heard for some time, but come the 12th of April pubs across England will be opening up their beer gardens and offering their customers much-needed drink. And after the year we have just had, most of us could do with one! Unsurprisingly, the county famous for... Read more

Bespoke outdoor sitting project: A cowl seat
Dude & Arnette 25th September 2020

Did you know we also do bespoke features? That’s right. Every so often we get requests from clients to build something unique for them and it’s always great fun. This, not only allows us to put our tried-and-tested skills to good use but also to flex our creative muscles to bring ideas to life. First... Read more

Best warming winter beers from Kent
Dude & Arnette 17th November 2020

The clocks have gone back, the mercury has plummeted and those long summer evenings are nothing more than a memory – in other words, it’s beginning to look a lot like winter! This year, give the mulled wine a miss and say hello to the festive season with our county’s traditional tipple. As you would... Read more

History of Oast Cottage Laddingford
Dude & Arnette 7th August 2020

Here at Dude & Arnette we’re passionate about oast houses, from oast house maintenance to roof repairs, we’ve been in the business since 1937 and know a trick or two. But we don’t stop there. We’re also big advocates of preserving British heritage and sharing with you fragments of our country’s history through its oast... Read more