Hawthorn, A Bed and Breakfast

1 Hawthorne Place , Independence, MO 64052 USA (Show map)
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Located in historic Independence, the mansion, built in 1900 & fully restored/renovated in 2000 sits on two acres with ample off-street parking in a quiet residential neighborhood. With beautifully landscaped gardens, the estate provides the space for quiet relaxation, while the stately stone mansion, featuring hardwood floors, hand-painted murals, & original woodwork, provides the elegance & comfort you would expect from a 19th century historic home. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the several common area rooms: The Sun Porch, Music Room, Parlor, Dining Room & Front Patio. Hawthorn’s extra-large, elegant, yet affordable guestrooms are the largest in the area. This affords guests the comfort they expect while maintaining the intimate elegance they can enjoy. All guestroom amenities include queen beds, in-room private baths, cable TV, wireless Internet & more. The two-room Bibler Suite on the third floor has a king bed & a day bed. Fresh brewed coffee & tea await you each morning right outside your door along with complimentary soft drinks, bottled water & snacks. A full, hearty, freshly prepared home-cooked breakfast is served each morning at your private table. Guests enjoy the convenience of being close to all that is happening in the greater Kansas City & Independence areas, yet far enough way to avoid the congestion & hassles of urban living. Kauffman & Arrowhead Stadiums are just 10 minutes away & downtown KC is 15 minutes.



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

Beautiful and quiet location

4.8 on August 25, 2017

Great visit. Very clean, friendly, and worth the $$.

Enjoyable stay!

4.0 on August 04, 2017

The Hawthorn was clean and quiet. The Westminster roomwas quite comfortable, and we made good use of the sitting room to read and talk at the end of our day! The bed was very comfortable, as well. The air conditioner was loud, however. We loved our breakfast and the attention to detail.

Hawthorn Bed and Breakfast

4.8 on July 14, 2017

Jim and Wendy were amazing inn keepers and we can't wait to visit again. Rooms/service were impeccable and worth the money. Their recommendations for local dining and activities were point on as well, definitely a B and B worth the stay.

Beautiful and elegant accommodations

4.4 on June 12, 2017

This property is elegant, and a welcoming place to stay after a day's travel. The house itself is elegant and beautifully appointed. Our bedroom was clean and comfortable. The only reason for not giving 5 stars for the bedroom is that there was no place to hang/store clothing (other than in our suitcases on luggage racks); a room TV took up the armoire space. (We seldom watch TV anyway, so are probably not "typical" travelers.). The "Breakfast" part of the B&B, however, more than made up for the deficit of clothes hanging space. We particularly appreciated the fact that our host prepared our breakfast at the time we requested, and we were seating at a private table. The breakfast was quite possibly the best B&B meal we have ever eaten -- fruit, yogurt, delicious homemade muffin, and a simple omelet with cheese. This was a welcome and refreshing change from most B&B breakfasts, which tend to be heavy on syrups and carbs. We will certainly stay at Hawthorn again if our travels bring us back to Independence, MO.

Enjoyed our Gift

4.6 on June 04, 2017

We enjoyed our visit and the breakfast was outstanding as was the conversation with Jim. John and Marlyn Walters, Manhattan, KS


5 on May 22, 2017

Great accommodations, near the stadiums, with a fantastic breakfast.

Great place. Great time.

5 on March 16, 2017

We were able to have a getaway weekend at the Hawthorn house. It was great, and we hope to have another very soon.


5 on February 13, 2017

We had the most wonderful time!

Wonderful weekend getaway

4.4 on February 10, 2017

Our weekend at Hawthorn, A Bed and Breakfast this past weekend was fantastic! Our room was spacious, super clean, and decorated with décor that reflected the history of the mansion and made it very homey. Breakfast the next morning was amazing on the sun porch! 3 courses of deliciousness and our hosts were delightful. I highly recommend this as a nice quiet getaway in a quiet neighborhood but close enough to activities that you will have many options to stay busy. I also recommend Salvatores Italian restaurant. Also delicious!

Beautiful, preserved historic property

5 on January 31, 2017

The Hawthorn is a beautiful, tastefully maintained historic property. It is a perfect quiet retreat just outside of Kansas City. The innkeeper was excellent and attentive welcoming. The breakfast was amazing. Totally recommend this peaceful getaway.

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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

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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

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On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Parking, Private entrance, Walk to mass transit, 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 AMEX, 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 fourteen (14) days in advance of your arrival date. Guests who cancel their reservations within fourteen (14) 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.
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Jim and Wendy Allen

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About the innkeepers

Travel, Baseball, Gardening, Theater, Cooking

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  • Time Served: 6am - 9am
  • Serving Location: Sun Porch, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Signature Dish

We are known for our breakfast potatoes and fresh baked muffins

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