It was almost a given - she describes it as a no-brainer - that Ashleigh Morton would end up living in the house which has been in her family's ownership for decades.

Not only did it have great views of the channel and Barrow and occupied a spacious corner but, like most properties in Vickerstown, it was built around 1901 with all the quality of the period.

Fast-forward to 1973 and it had been converted to a shop, which is where the Mortons entered the story.

"My nanna and grandad, Eunice and Bill Morton, moved to 1 Kitchener Street in summer 73 with my dad Lee who was a young boy at the time," said Ashleigh. "They ran the shop until it was converted to a house the year I was born in 1991. Therefore it’s been in the family for 45 years and when the opportunity came to buy it and modernise it was a no brainer!

"When I was growing up I spent a lot of weekends staying at the house and was a pupil at Vickerstown School. I used to play in the school grounds before the housing estate and new school were built, in Barrow Nautical Club grounds where my grandad was treasurer and up at various friend’s allotments."

The deceptively spacious house has an open-plan dining lounge, stylish modern Howdens kitchen with integrated appliances included in the sale, three bedrooms and a bathroom.

Ashleigh, who is a team leader and student nurse at Risedale Nursing and Retirement Home on Abbey Road, has transformed her home in the three years she has been living there, as she recalled.

"When I bought the house from my dad after my nanna sadly passed away four years ago, it was basically knocked back to a shell.

"It wasn't even connected to the gas mains, having old electric storage heaters, so the first thing we did was put in a boiler in and full new pipeworks and radiators.

"The it was rewired, the walls downstairs were damp-proofed and plastering has been done throughout and either wallpapered or painted. The new kitchen was fitted and a new kitchen floor was laid along with new carpets throughout.

"The bathroom suite was kept the same as it has an old cast-iron bath but the room was modernised with a new shower and screen and tiling."

All these improvements have created a well-presented home that would suit a range of buyers with lots of room inside and a low-maintenance wraparound courtyard with space for a table and chairs overlooking the promenade, channel and Barrow.

"There are amazing views over the channel and Barrow which are particularly good on Bonfire Night where you can see the fireworks over the whole of the town without even leaving the house," said Ashleigh.

"Sitting in the living room with the views and the unique fireplace - constructed of materials from several different places and then put together - is my favourite place in the house, it's perfect. And the space is really deceptive, there's a lot of room in the kitchen and the bedrooms consist of two large doubles and a big single."

The house is full of family memories but now Ashleigh is ready for a change.

"I feel it’s time to move on," she said. "I’d like to be closer to work so I can walk and not have to use the car.

"This is a great area with amazing restaurants such as the Crown and the King Alfred, local shops and a Tesco. It's close to the beach and is brilliant for walks and sight seeing."

1 Kitchener Street, Barrow, is for sale at £129,950 from Corrie and Co. Full details available here .