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Martin Lovegrove | March 2019

Henden Farm fresh Oast Cowls

Dude and Arnette built and replaced two existing fibreglass cowls on the oast house on our farm at Henden. Darren Hole carried out some detailed research to ensure that cowls of original design were installed. This was lovely work. The construction and installation went well and today they are in pride of place, enhancing the house itself. Thank you, Darren and your family and team. Much appreciated.

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Nicola Day | Feb 2019

Out with the Old in with the New!

After capping off our kiln and taking off the old cowl, we could see there was no saving it! Darren and his team did a fantastic job, capping off and then totally rebuilding our cowl, using wood and paint, which looks so much more alive than the old fibreglassed version. It is so nice to see a family business protecting a huge part of Kents heritage. Professional, quick and such a fantastically priced job. I would recommend Darren and his team to anyone.

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Alistair Taylor | Jan 2019

Replacing oast cowls on a shared property

I am very happy to recommend Dude and Arnette. They dealt with the replacement of our oast cowls with great efficiency and expertise. The end result is magnificent. Our tenants were barely disturbed, and the price seemed very fair. Throughout they were a pleasure to deal with, and always prompt to answer queries.

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Martin Nicholson | Aug 2018

Repairing storm damaged Oast Cowls

Having had storm damage to one of our two cowls I called Darren to ask his help and he came the next day and offered a verbal quote to remove the cowl, make safe and watertight. Two days later he arrived with his team and a crane and removed the cowls and took them away. I had mentioned to Darren that our daughter was getting married in 3weeks with the reception in the garden and even though he was very busy he got the cowls back up on the roof with a week to spare. I was impressed with their professionalism and quality of workmanship and would highly recommend Dude and Arnette.

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Beccy Smart | Aug 2018

Refurbishing a well worn cowl

The team were excellent to work with from start to finish, they were very competent and easy going. The end result was a beautiful gleaming white, smoothly rotating cowl. Our neighbours cowls now look even more derelict!

We have them lined up for maintenance work for the next time the cowl needs a service in 5 or so years!

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Sue & Les Hart | Mar 2018

Refurbishing a well worn cowl

From agreement of work to be done to completion of works, everything went to plan including price, timing, quality of workmanship and was carried out by a cheerful, competent and professional team. We have no hesitation in recommend D & A. LH, Hever

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Malcolm Catmur-Neame | Faversham Mar 2018

Refurbishing a well worn cowl

We had been having problems with our Oast Cowl for some time and decided we needed a professional and experienced team to find the solution. Darren and team inspected our cowl and decided the only option was to remove it for repair at their workshops. Once the cowl was removed from the Oast Kiln it became clear it was touch and go, if it was repairable.

The cowl was rebuilt from the ground upwards. The whole process was a seamless smooth operation, crane and crew arrived, remove cowl and installed a temporary weather cover. The new cowl was installed in the same smooth operation. Having had some high winds here since we were amazed that we no longer hear any noise from the cowl at all. We highly recommend Dude & Arnette, Darren and his team were professional and easy going throughout the whole operation.

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Julian Ryder Richardson | Wadhurst, East Sussex Mar 2018

Refurbishing a well worn cowl

Dude and Arnette are efficient, workmanlike, knowledgeable and courteous. They are an essential resource for all owners of Oast Houses with cowls.

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Rosanne Sternberg | Bodiam Nov 2017

Refurbishing a well worn cowl

We have owned a triple oast since 1979 and had maintenance on the white Cowls worked on by several different companies.
After having Dude and Arnette renovate the cowls during a complete renovation of the roundels and make new fingers for them from polycarbonate, they have looked good for several years. Darren Hole contacted me recently to remind me that it was time for maintenance and re-painting.
The Dude and Arnette crew came with a small mobile crane took great care not to damage the garden, while removing the cowls and had them re-painted and ready to replace exactly when agreed. Their service, fees, quality of paintwork and timeframe was top class and we are very happy.
I highly recommend Darren Hole and Dude and Arnette for any Oast maintenance, repair and painting.

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Phil Mumford | Cowan Architects – Nov 2017

Working on a historic Grade 2 listed building

I met with Darren of Dude and Annette recently in a Project Management capacity, as my practice are acting as Conservation Architects and Project Managers for the renovation of a number of historic Grade 2* listed building on the Isfield Place Estate, East Sussex.

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