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.
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!
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!
4.8 on January 05, 2015
Very nice room. Wonderful breakfast!
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!
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!
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.
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.
4.4 on November 12, 2014
We loved our stay at Hawthorn B&B. Friendly hosts, beautiful home, comfortable room, most delicious breakfasts served in their lovely sunroom. We hope to make it back someday!
5 on October 28, 2014
My wife and I needed to get away, and this place was amazing! Jim was very friendly and approachable, and covered everything we needed to know right away- we usually have additional questions but the intro was perfect. The architecture is beautiful, and though it is over 100 years old, everything was in great shape and very clean. The walls are thick too so it was VERY quiet- we felt like the only ones there (we weren't). Now to my favorite part- the breakfast! It was the best muffin of my life. Potatoes with a hint of maple, fresh fluffy omelet, fresh fruit (blackberry, strawberry, blueberry, pineapple, kiwi) and yogurt parfait, etc. We plan on returning!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Small town, Suburban
Kansas City, MO (MCI) 26 miles
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.
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
Bed and Breakfast
Amenities Basket, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Private entrance, Wedding Facilities
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi
Golf, nearby, Shopping, Sight-seeing