Built in 1925 in the Prairie School style for the Marjorie and Thomas Jenks family, The Jenks House is a taste of old Florida. In 32 years of residence and restoration, Ila Rae and Tom Merten have preserved original features of the Jenks home including some of the Jenks family furniture. Additional furnishings include mission and early art deco pieces. Each morning savor freshly squeezed orange juice along with your delicious full breakfast. Top it off with a cup of coffee made from organically grown, fair trade coffee beans that we roasted the night before! Later relax under a ceiling fan on the sun-bathed porch as you enjoy our historic Riverside home.
From the handmade cedar chest, that graced Grandma's dressing room, to the lovely pastel on the north wall, from the handmade lace on the 800 thread count, luxury sheets to the hand embroidered bed skirts and crocheted bedspread, the Mission Room is lovingly prepared for you . Curl up with a mystery from the Mission bookcase or write a few wish-you-were-here cards at the barley twist, gate-leg table or just relax in the cane back bed. Single occupancy rate is $95.00/night. Double occupancy rate is $100.00/night. Taxes are extra.
Curl up in the leather club chair and watch the light dance through the oak leaves that almost tap your window pane. Your hand-carved Italian Art Deco bed is made up with 800 thread count, luxury linen and topped with seventy year old homespun French linen. Store your belongings in the tiger oak armoire and Art Deco slant-front desk. Single occupancy rate is $95.00/night. Double occupancy rate is $100.00/night. Taxes are extra.
5 on October 21, 2013
Ila Rae and Tom make all of their guests feel very welcome in their beautiful home. The breakfasts are fantastic and unique. Can't wait to return!
4.6 on September 04, 2013
Very accommodating hosts. Tom brought a television set into our room so my husband could watch football at night and served him coffee on the porch in the morning before I came down for breakfast. Ila Rae clipped flowers from her garden for the table. We were very comfortable. The historic home is beautifully preserved.
5 on August 20, 2013
We had a nice one night stand and enjoyed talking with Tom and having breakfast with him and Ila Rae in the morning.
4.4 on August 16, 2013
Breakfast was fantastic, Hosts very friendly!
4.8 on July 18, 2013
Tom roasts coffee beans to suit your desires. Ila Rae creates wonderful breakfasts. The Jenks House is in a great part of Jacksonville, Riverside at Five Points, convenient to food and anyplace in the downtown area.
Alltel Stadium (5 miles), Beaches (17 miles), Convention Center (2 miles), Downtown (3 miles), St. Vincent's Medical Center (7 blocks), a national historic district, City
Jacksonville, FL (JAX) 15 miles
25 minutes from Jacksonville International Airport on I-95 South. Exit onto I-10 West, exit left onto Roosevelt (US 17), turn right at first traffic signal (McDuff Avenue), turn right at next traffic signal, go one block and turn right onto Post Street, go four blocks, The Jenks House is on your right at intersection of Post and James streets.
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, our own organic garden and orange trees, historical tours, boating/kayaking, fishing, golfing, hiking trails, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Zoo
Bed and Breakfast
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, TV, Wi-Fi
high speed wireless internet access, art deco AM/foreign band radios
Ila Rae and Tom Merten
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian
Grandma Alford's sticky cinnamon rolls.
Buttery, sweet and cinnamon-rich! We serve fair trade coffee. Also, enjoy a scrumptious picnic lunch packed in an art deco case (extra charge applies).
"Low carbon impact" are more than just buzz words for Ila Rae and Tom Merten, owners of The Jenks House. For 11 years they operated their own highly successful water and energy conservation business. 28 years ago Tom installed a solar water heater in their home, now their bed and breakfast. Still working today, it annually provides better than 90% of the hot water needs at The Jenks House. Avid organic gardeners for 32+ years, Ila Rae and Tom love to show off their compost piles, vegetables, flowers and citrus trees. Come share ideas about living lightly on the earth. This "special" has no foreseeable end date. Ila Rae and Tom view it as a way of life, not a special.