Hawthorn B&B

1 Hawthorne Place , Independence, MO 64052 USA (Show map)


Located in historic Independence, the mansion, built in 1900 and fully restored/renovated in 2000, sits on a two acre estate with several beautifully landscaped gardens. Six extra large guestrooms, all with private baths, are exquisitely decorated.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Great Place to Stay

4.0 on December 14, 2015

When my wife and I stayed over Thanksgiving weekend. They waited for us to greet us as we entered the home. They were very courteous. The breakfast was marvelous! They had coffee waiting outside my room when I woke up. I will be returning. My wife and I really enjoyed staying. They had a TV in our room, but we did not spend time watching TV but we played games. If you looking for a good place to stay choose Hawthorn!

Mellow, laid back and relaxing

4.6 on August 31, 2015

The wife and I came to KC for a couple of Royals games and tried a B&B for the first time. It was great. Jim was very helpful in getting us around town. He got us from the B&B down back streets and we were able to avoid the heaviest traffic to and from the games. He even got us from the games to excellent restaurants he recommended and back to the B&B again, with printed maps. We liked the private breakfast area and personal service he provided.


4.8 on May 26, 2015

all you could want at a b&b

Great Stay In Independence

5 on May 13, 2015

A beautiful home that radiates peacefulness especially after a long drive and the usual corporate hotels and all their sub-brands. Internet is fast and reliable, parking is right next to the entrance door, rooms are larger then most B&B's we've stayed in, very comfortable sun room on the first floor for relaxing, spotlessly clrean and the breakfast was delicious. The hosts are interesting and energetic people.


5 on May 09, 2015

This is a great place to stay for the area. In value, it is tops for B&B's. One of the reasons is the excellent cooking abilities of Jim. Breakfasts were memorable. His co-host, Wendy, added to the warmth of the experience. You can see time and money was invested in the site to make it perfect for the visitor. Can't say enough. Ed White

Relaxing and Comfortable B&B

5 on May 04, 2015

The common rooms and our bedroom were decorated in soothing colors with a variety of "Victorian" period paintings and antiques. The sun-room was a delight for breakfast and the breakfast was delicious for the 2 days we spent here. The furnishings and bed were very comfortable. A wonderful place to stay in a quiet neighborhood not very far from downtown Kansas City and closer still to the Truman Presidential Library in Independence. Would gladly stay at this B&B again.

Great Experience

5 on April 30, 2015

This was a great place to stay. The accommodations were excellent, the employees were very friendly, and the food was good. We had a good time celebrating our anniversary. Highly recommend this B&B.

Business Trip

4.2 on April 12, 2015

Only requests for improvements are to replace low flow shower head with regular and offer higher end toiletries.

Wish we could have stayed longer

4.6 on March 27, 2015

The Hawthorne Inn is a beautiful restored 1900's home. The room was large and everything meticulous. The bed was very comfy and the sheets soft and smelled so-good. We got in late after a long day on the road and it was like being home. The owners Jim and Wendy are doing a great job, we wish them continued success. We got up early the next day to drive to Wisconsin and were served a wonderful breakfast.

Great Anniversary Stay

5 on February 25, 2015

My wife and I celebrated our third anniversary with a mid-week getaway to Hawthorn, a place we'd always wanted to visit. We were not disappointed! We know what it takes to run a successful B&B, and Jim and Wendy are doing all the right things. Clean rooms, all tastefully decorated, with plenty of ambiance and amenities. Breakfast was superb, from the fruit and yogurt that set the stage to the omelet, sausage and potatoes that had a special touch (I won't reveal the secret, that would spoil the surprise!). All in all, a wonderful way to celebrate our love!

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Rooms & Rates


Escape the hectic pace of a hurried world for a time in the comfortable accommodations of the Evans Room at Hawthorn – a Independence, Missouri bed and breakfast. Named after previous Hawthorn owner, L. Fred Evans, this guestroom is richly decorated in dark olive green and purple, gold, and cream accents. Our most masculine accommodations, this room also features a plaid duvet, chair, and window coverings, instead of floral. Personal touches in the Evans Room include Wendy’s father’s high school graduation picture, our grandfathers’ and fathers’ shaving mug, brushes and razor, and father’s engraved whiskey flask.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


The Bibler Suite, is named in honor of Pat and Fred Bibler, the inspiration and creators of Hawthorn, A Bed & Breakfast in 2000. Step back to a time when the pace was slower and life was simpler. The innocence of Norman Rockwell is the theme of the Bibler Suite, casually furnished and decorated with accents of rustic red and sunny yellow. Jim and Wendy’s family heirlooms are the ideal complement, adding just the right personal touch. The two-room suite is comprised of a master bedroom, large living room and private bathroom. The only king bed in the mansion is nestled between the dormers of the third floor. A daybed and fold-out futon provide sleeping accommodations in the living room. A refrigerator, microwave and sink with ample counter space round out the convenience of the suite.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


Spend a memorable Missouri vacation or weekend getaway with your friends in the Gillmor Room at our Independence bed and breakfast. Named after Lottie Gillmor, a former owner of Hawthorn whose portrait hangs in the room, this cozy room is decorated in dark green with rose and white floral print accents. A large brass bed sits in the bay window, beckoning you to cuddle up with a good book. The private bathroom has a tub with a sliding glass door, as well as generous sized towels, a hair dryer, an assortment of soaps, shampoo, lotions, and makeup remover towelettes. The Gillmor Room also features a sitting area with a small writing table and chairs and two armchairs, and a wardrobe for hanging clothes.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Our Westminster Suite is ideal for a romantic Missouri getaway, honeymoon, or anniversary celebration. Named after the Westminster Presbyterian church, this elegant guestroom is decorated in serene shades of sage green, cream, and gold and accented with rose floral prints. The bedroom has a beautiful wardrobe with a mirror and features a sitting area with a dresser, TV, and armchair. A queen-sized sleeper sofa in the living room can accommodate another two guests…perfect for a family or friends travelling together.

The private, spacious bathroom is original to the mansion when it was built in 1900. It features the original tile on the floor and walls, a marble sink, and spacious shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


For a truly relaxing Missouri getaway, make reservations to stay in our Gallagher Room. Named after John Gallagher, who built Hawthorn in 1900, this inviting guestroom is decorated in Victorian style, featuring rose walls and floral and dark green accents. Some of the owners’ childhood belongings, a christening dress, baby shoes, and teddy bear, lend nostalgic charm to the room. The carefree innocence of childhood is depicted in artwork throughout the Gallagher Room as well. Another distinguishing feature of this room is its full closet; closets were taxed extra back when the house was built in 1900, so the other rooms have wardrobes.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Need some time away? Discover a private hideaway just for you in our Elliott Room. Nestled on the third floor, this quiet, private, cozy room is the perfect place to rest your body and mind and rejuvenate your spirit. The Elliott Room is a peaceful retreat decorated in soothing taupe and lavender and accented with Wendy’s favorite flowers, pansies, as well as seaside items reflecting Jim & Wendy’s New England roots.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Location Type

Small town


Kansas City, MO (MCI) 26 miles

Directions to property:

Direction from the East, West & South. For Directions from the North see Direction under "From Airport" below. From the East (St. Louis)…take Interstate 70 west to I-435 and head north (toward Des Moines) to Exit 60 (Truman Road). At the end of the exit, turn right and “go up the hill and down the hill” to your first traffic light (intersection of Truman Road and Winner Road). Turn right onto Winner Road and proceed approximately ½ mile, watching for Hawthorne Place on your right. Turn onto Hawthorne Place and you will see the stone mansion set back on the estate. Park along side the mansion in our parking lot. From the West (Topeka)…. take I-70/670 east (into downtown Kansas City) proceed east on I-70 to the Truman Road Exit 4A. At the end of the exit, bear/turn right onto Truman Road heading east. After crossing under I-435, “go up the hill and down the hill” to your first traffic light (intersection of Truman Road and Winner Road). Turn right onto Winner Road, and proceed approximately ½ mile, watching for Hawthorne Place on your right. Turn onto Hawthorne Place and you will see the stone mansion set back on the estate. Park along side the mansion in our parking lot. From the South (Wichita)…take I-35 north to I-435 East/North (St. Louis/Des Moines) to Exit 60 (Truman Road). At the end of the exit, turn right and “go up the hill and down the hill” to your first traffic light (intersection of Truman Road and Winner Road). Turn right onto Winner Road and proceed approximately ½ mile, watching for Hawthorne Place on your right. Turn onto Hawthorne Place and you will see the stone mansion set back on the estate. Park along side the mansion in our parking lot.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Night life, Truman Home & Presidential Library, Community of Christ World Headquarters, National Frontier Trails Museum, Mormon Visitors Center, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Sports venue, Tours, Zoo

Inn Details

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On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Parking, Private entrance, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Golf, nearby, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 4:00PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No In designated outside area only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited No Children under the age of 12
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A credit card will hold your reservation.
  • Cancellations: All cancellations will be subject to a $25.00 cancellation fee. Cancellations can only be accepted seven (7) days in advance of your arrival date. Guests who cancel their reservations within seven (7) days of their arrival date will be expected to pay for their full reservation, regardless of arrival or departure. If we can rebook the room, your cancelled reservation will be applied, via a credit towards a future stay, less the $25.00 cancellation fee. Credits for future stays are good for one year from date of cancellation. There are no refunds for early departure or non-arrival. When reservations are confirmed, all other requests for that room are turned away. As a small business, cancellations have a significant impact on our business. Our guests expect and enjoy outstanding hospitality with high standards of quality. To this end, we must adhere to a strict cancellation policy without exceptions.



Jim and Wendy Allen

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Travel, Baseball, Gardening, Theater, Cooking

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  • Serving Location: Sun Porch, Dining Room