Time to get your oast cowls ready
Dude & Arnette 22nd May 2020

After having Covid-19 throwing any routine or normality out of the window, we’re pleased to announce that following Government advice – Dude & Arnette are back in action. Normally we wouldn’t necessarily do a maintenance update but we felt it was necessary, as a lot of the oast cowl maintenance and repair work that would... Read more

Roof repairs in Kent and beyond
Dude & Arnette 16th April 2020

So, you probably know that we do a pretty good job at oast cowl construction, but did you know that we also specialise in building and repairing roofs? Our expert team focus on original building techniques that withstand the test of time – and our temperamental English weather! With over 75 years of practice, it’s... Read more

COVID-19 Update
Dude & Arnette 2nd April 2020

Following guidance issued by the Government on 20th March 2020, Dude & Arnette has temporarily paused all working activity for now. If you require emergency work, please call us on 01622 725 898 / 07973 332 790 so we can support you in the best possible way. Rest assured any work will be carried on with the utmost... Read more

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