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Hawthorn B&B

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

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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

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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!

Amazing and Excellent!

4.8 on January 05, 2015

Absolutely beautiful! Jim and Wendy are excellent hosts. I would strongly recommend their B&B. Room was clean and nicely furnished. Breakfast was wonderful. Its a little bit away from the highway, but worth the few minutes drive for sure. Beautiful home and location!

My review

4.8 on January 05, 2015

Very nice room. Wonderful breakfast!

A great B & B getaway

4.8 on December 26, 2014

We stayed in the Gilmor room. The picture of the room just caught my eye even though the description said something about a girl's getaway. The room was spacious and the bed very comfortable. The best part of the stay was breakfast. Jim is a fabulous cook. The yogurt, fruit, granola bowl was my favorite! The muffins, just amazing! The mansion is a great piece of history. You'll enjoy your stay!


5 on December 21, 2014

Everything a bed and breakfast should be!

Surprise Gift

5 on December 17, 2014

My husband and I went to Hawthorn B & B in October for our Anniversary. We were pleasantly surprised at such a beautiful mansion right in the middle of Independence. It is immaculate and absolutely charming. We got called away, though, at 9:30 that night because my Father took a turn for the worse and passed away a couple days later. About a month after this, we received a letter from Jim and Wendy inviting us back to Hawthorn House free of charge so we could fully enjoy our stay this time. We were blown away by this! Who does that? No hotel, I know that. We came back in mid December to a beautifully decorated Christmas mansion. We loved every minute! The food was fabulous and the hospitality very inviting. You have to stay at Hawthorn B & B. It is such a treat! Thank you, Jim and Wendy, for this surprise gift to us!

Weekend anniversary getaway

5 on November 26, 2014

My boyfriend and I were celebrating out anniversary and wanted to do something different. We have never been to a bed and breakfast before and Hawthorn exceeded our expectations. Jim and Wendy were the nicest people I've ever met and Wendy makes amazing breakfast. We were so full before the main course came out. The bedrooms are incredible I got the best sleep I've gotten in a long time. The mansion is beautiful and I cannot wait to stay there again.

Beautiful weekend get away!

4.6 on November 16, 2014

Jim and Wendy were so welcoming! We flew in to see the Seahawks play the Chiefs and stayed the night before the game. They were so helpful and sweet. Our room was cozy and the mansion looked amazing! Loved all the holiday decorations!! Breakfast was delicious and all the attention to detail throughout our stay was impressive. Jim even gave us a "back route" to the stadium. We will definitely come back to visit. I recommend this B and B to couples, families or friends looking for an adorable get away.

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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


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


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


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


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


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


Location Type

Small town, Suburban


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, Truman Home & Presidential Library, Community of Christ World Headquarters, National Frontier Trails Museum, Mormon Visitors Center, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Private entrance, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, 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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About the innkeepers

Travel, Baseball, Gardening, Theater, Cooking

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  • Serving Location: Sun Porch, Dining Room


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

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