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 August 17, 2014
I am to Jacksonville on business and wanted a place close to the city. This was perfect and the hosts were gracious and accommodating to my schedule. I'll be staying again next time I'm in town.
3.4 on July 20, 2014
My wife and I spent our anniversary weekend at this historic house in Jacksonville and were very pleased with our experience. The house is charming and the hosts were gracious and personable. It was walking or biking distance to all of the places we wished to visit and just a short drive to the beautiful state parks in that area. We would stay there again with no hesitation.
5 on July 17, 2014
very comfortable, near to many good restaurants. the best part is the owners are really nice and very accommodating. we would definitely return.
4.8 on May 14, 2014
Gracious, informed hosts, in an interesting residential neighborhood close to good restaurants.
5 on April 21, 2014
If you want a comfortable and clean B&B with so very friendly and accommodating innkeepers who can cook with a flare -this is the place for you. The neighborhood is perfect for walkers, close to restaurants and the St Johns River if you like to walk. The Jenk House's very Florida and true-to-form prairie design make for a relaxing sojourn.
5 on March 21, 2014
Please come and visit us if you get out this way thanks again Al and Candis .
5 on March 10, 2014
The Jenks house was lovely. Full of architectual charms and warmth. The bed was comfortable, The innkeepers were very knowledgable and extremely friendly. Breakfast was plentiful and unique. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and will most likely stay there again as we have family very close by.
5 on March 06, 2014
Wonderful place, the owners were great.
5 on February 19, 2014
We were greeted kindly by the proprietors whose passion for their beautifully restored historic home was only topped by the fresh and healthy breakfast we were served. From the front porch swing, to the immaculate (ironed) white sheets, to the fresh squeezed orange juice from the tree in the back yard we loved every moment. The Riverside neighborhood is amazing with lots to do within walking distance and the price... very reasonable.
5 on January 12, 2014
I was able to book the Jenks House via phone just days before our scheduled trip to Jax. From that first call, Tom and Ila Rae were extremely friendly, helpful and accommodating. I loved being able to stay at their historic home with tall ceilings, big windows, original built-ins and breezy rooms. The Jenks House is a beauty and to me (from Boston) delightfully Southern. The breakfast (we got to decide what time!) consisted of a souffléd-omelette, baked pears, and homemade breads to die for. Our bedroom and private bath were both generous in size and with plenty of surfaces to set our belongings and baggage down, and hang our clothes. It felt a bit like going back in time and I only wish we'd had more than the one evening to appreciate the house- especially the Florida room. Next time!
St. Vincent's Medical Center (7 blocks), Convention Center (2 miles), Beaches (17 miles), a national historic district, Alltel Stadium (5 miles), Downtown (3 miles), 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, boating/kayaking, fishing, golfing, hiking trails, historical tours, our own organic garden and orange trees, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Zoo
Bed and Breakfast
Board games , art deco AM/foreign band radios, high speed wireless internet access
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, TV, Wi-Fi
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.