About Our B&B near Kansas City

We are Karl and Rebecca Darley, your onsite innkeepers, and we welcome you to Walnut Waters Bed & Breakfast.  Karl is a retired carpenter, and I am a registered nurse. As a carpenter, Karl’s work spanned between framing custom houses to working in the high-rises in Chicago. Karl’s love of woodworking in his shop and woodcarving are his real passion…he loves wood. My nursing career started in the emergency room, and most recently I was the school nurse for K-8th graders…a perfect blend of nursing and mothering. Between us, we have a very large family with seven children and eighteen grandchildren.

Our love for entertaining, good food, nature and meeting new people sparked our long-time dream to own a bed and breakfast. All that we told that we were thinking of embarking on this venture said that they could not think of two people who would be more perfect innkeepers. But truly we are really just down-to-earth people, who would love to share a bit of what makes us happy with others.

Originally from Joliet, Illinois, we had searched all over the country for the perfect place to open our bed and breakfast. After visiting this remarkable location and surrounding area, we knew it was where we wanted to create the perfect getaway experience for you. Our unique estate combines the peaceful serenity of the countryside with the convenience of being close to local attractions such as the Kansas City Wine Trail, Powell Gardens, Whiteman Air Force Base and the many attractions of Kansas City itself. Walnut Waters Bed & Breakfast is a lovely destination for celebrating that special anniversary or a weekend getaways. We have stayed at bed and breakfasts across the nation and have taken the most comforting and enjoyable details from each of them to give you the best accommodations and most relaxing experience possible.

We hope all who visit leave as friends!  


Begin your day with the wonderful aroma of a scrumptious home-cooked breakfast. Early risers can help themselves to coffee, tea or hot chocolate at our always-available refreshment bar, then a full breakfast will be served at 8:30. (Let us know in advance if you would prefer an earlier or later meal time and, within reason, we will accommodate your schedule. However, if you need to leave before 7 a.m., breakfast-to-go will be ready and waiting for you.)

Breakfast will typically begin with fruit highlighting the season of the year. Next, you’ll be served a main course; some mornings we’ll have something savory such as Farmhouse Casserole, Eggs Benedict Quiche, Brie & Sausage Brunch Bake, Biscuits & Gravy. Other mornings we’ll have something sweet such as a variety of Specialty Pancakes, Crepes, Waffles & French Toast. Additionally, you’ll likely find some made-from-scratch baked goods on the breakfast table. This might be our guest favorite Honey Granola Tart, Banana Sticky Buns or a variety of Specialty Muffins, Breads and Cinnamon Rolls.

Please let us know at the time of your reservation if you have food allergies or special dietary needs—such as gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegetarian— so we can plan accordingly and serve a meal you can enjoy.

During Your Stay

While it is true that there is much to do and see in the area, you will greatly enjoy just being here. 

Once you get to Walnut Waters Bed & Breakfast the rest of the world truly seems to disappear. Our rolling hills, calming water and hidden valley provide for the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

We put much thought into making sure that your experience here is one that you will never forget and will want to experience again. Walnut Waters Bed & Breakfast is more than a place to stay. It is “The Peaceful Place” to relax and renew.

We hope that you have every comfort in your room, it has been our goal to have a place where you will feel at home. There are plenty of places for privacy as well as many areas to socialize with a group around the estate. It is a great place to plan a trip with your friends or family to enjoy your time together. 

Outside, take a stroll on the wooded pathways and sprawling countryside or rest and enjoy the calming waters of our 2 ½-acre pond in one of the shoreline gazebos or park benches. The pond is stocked and catch and release fishing is allowable from the shoreline. Play a game of horseshoes or bags or recline in a hammock. Join us for a toasty bonfire on the weekend (weather and time permitting).

You will want to have your camera at hand as there are many nature and wildlife photo opportunities. These might include: deer, fox, squirrels, wild turkey, hawks, owls, hummingbirds, and many native songbirds. There are not just walnut trees here but many other varieties. These include: pin oak, sycamore, willow, cedar, black locust, osage orange, aspen, magnolia and other flowering trees and bushes. 

Inside, cozy up by our one of a kind 28-foot stone fireplace and read that novel that you have been putting off. Play a game of pool, cards or a board game in our game/media room. Browse our extensive variety of games, books and movies. 

Recharge anytime at our complimentary refreshment bar. Make yourself a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or grab a bottle of water or a snack whenever you would like.

It’s a perfect place to fall in love all over again, get together with friends or make a few new ones!