The Cowesett Colonial-style home dates back to 19th century

A spacious farmer's porch lines the front of the house at 397 Cowesett Rd. in Warwick, R.I.. [The Providence Journal/Steve Szydlowski]

WARWICK, R.I. — The Colonial-style house on the 1.61-acre property at 397 Cowesett Rd. appeared on an 1851 map of Rhode Island, and the nearby barn might have been built as early as 1825.

Stone walls border the lawns, and a winding drive leads up from Cowesett Road to the parking area near the 1,872-square-foot barn, which is part garage, part workshop, but also has two horse stalls and a section that was originally used to house sheep. There is room to park two cars inside the barn.

Owner Carol Sloan said that when her daughters were children, they discovered antique toys and horseshoes throughout the barn. It was also favorite spot of Sloan’s late husband, who loved to work on his carpentry projects in the barn’s workshop. A small wood stove is near the work tables and cabinets that were once filled with his tools. A vintage wooden sleigh and antique farm tools remain in the historic building.

The Sloans purchased the property in 1978 from another family that had had a long residence there. In addition to the house and barn, the property includes a garden shed surrounded by a brick patio and a two-story playhouse built on the farther edges of the back yard. The grounds also include manicured gardens and original brick and stone patios and paths, a French lilac bush and a tall, beautiful beech tree in the back yard, near the deck and an enclosed spa room, which has a large hot tub.

The property includes a garden shed surrounded by a brick patio. [The Providence Journal/Steve Szydlowski]
The property includes a garden shed surrounded by a brick patio. [The Providence Journal/Steve Szydlowski]
Sloan said two antique items in the yard, a hay rake and a mortar and pestle, will convey to the new owner. There is also a small pump house, and a water well is available for a sprinkler system or a swimming pool.

A spacious farmer’s porch lines the front of the house, which has 2,634 square feet of living space, including four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one half bathroom. The exterior is painted a pale yellow with blue shutters.

Inside, the foyer leads to the formal dining room on the left and a library/sitting room on the right. Sloan said the library wasn’t originally a library, but her husband custom made all the built-in cabinets and bookshelves, which feature dentil molding. He also made the custom crown moldings and chair rails in the dining and living rooms.

The Sloans also renovated and expanded the kitchen. A French door separates the kitchen from the living room, which has a fireplace and a large bay window.

The kitchen has custom built cabinets, granite counters and a large center island. There is a breakfast nook with sliding doors connecting to the deck. There is also a family room with a built-in media center and desk. The family room has a vaulted ceiling, wood flooring and double bay windows that provide views of the patio and gardens. The main level also has a laundry room and a lavette.

The master bedroom suite is on the second floor, along with the three other bedrooms. There are also two full bathrooms on the second level, along with mirrored closet doors and a stained glass window in the hallway.

The house at 397 Cowesett Road, Warwick, is priced at $524,900. Real-estate taxes are $6,764. For more information, contact Lisa Russo of Re/Max Professionals, East Greenwich, (401) 465-5761,

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