That way, the building’s part Scandinavian, Californian and Japanese charm can claim your full attention. The only original features left of the Sixties family home are its outer walls, roof and revarnished upstairs floorboards. Ukiyo means ‘the floating world’ in Japanese or, as Simon puts it, ‘a blissful state of detachment from the bothers of everyday life’. Within 10 days of launching last summer, the house was booked up almost entirely until October this year. Simon and Suzie have only managed four days here but plan to retire to this special place sooner rather than later.