Name: Philip Oakley, his wife Olivia, and their two cocker spaniels, Joe and Jarvis
Location: St Leonards; Sussex, UK
Size: 6,000 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 4.5 years, lived in 3 years
Philip and Olivia’s home is a great hulk of a building painted top to toe in gunmetal grey. From the outside, it looks almost hermetically sealed. The front door blends in to the wall, and most the windows are shuttered. From a second storey window, what looks like the statue of an irate wizard glares down at me. It is dark and forbidding. Inside, I stagger around in the gloom until one by one the lights flicker on and I find myself in a fantasy fairground land of merry-go-round horses, gurning heads and eye-poppingly bright illuminations. Welcome to Philip and Olivia’s wonderfully weird world!