The Jenks House in JACKSONVILLE

2804 Post Street , Jacksonville, FL 32205-7414 USA (Show map)


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.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

4 nights at the Jenks House

5 on June 27, 2016

Ila Rae and Tom were very accommodating hosts. I was here on business and they had no problems with my earlier than normal breakfast needs. Very convenient to great restaurants and shopping. I hope to return soon.

Southern Hospitality at its finest

5 on June 22, 2016

Ila Rae and Tom welcomed us into their lovely home and are very thoughtful towards their guests. The breakfast's are delicious. Fresh squeezed Florida Orange juice is sunshine in a glass. Each room has a private bathroom and the beds awesome. Their is nothing better than sleeping on ironed sheets. The neighborhood is quite for a restful night's sleep.

Blissful getaway

4.8 on May 15, 2016

My fiance and I recently stayed here during our visit to Jacksonville where we went to Rockville. During our stay the Jenks were more than accommodating. The room was gorgeous and the adjoining bathroom was clean and well-stocked. It even had a huge bathtub which sadly we never got around to enjoying. In addition to the cozy bedroom spacious bathroom they also had a mini fridge for us to use downstairs. On top of all of that they made a gourmet breakfast each morning which in my opinion is much better than any hotel food you'll ever have. I have and will continue to recommend this house to everyone I know.

Outstanding! Given the opportunity, would certainly return.

5 on May 08, 2016

The Mertens were incredible hosts, We loved the whole experience

Great location, a beautiful house, thoughtful hosts

4.0 on April 25, 2016

The Jenks House is in a lovely area of Jacksonville, the hosts Tom and Ila Rae Merten were cordial and helpful, and the breakfasts were delicious. The Trade Fair coffee was good and just right for someone used to German coffee. I enjoy visiting Jacksonville in the spring and the fall the most. There is a lovely zoo, a fantastic privately owned bookstore called Chamblins, the beaches are a bit further away and there are lovely places to walk along St. John's River. I will definitely consider the Jenks House on my next trip to Florida. B.M.G.

Fantastic atmosphere with amazing hospitality

4.8 on April 19, 2016

We enjoyed our stay very much, beautyful house, delicius breakfast with fresh juice, roasted coffee, very good location and Tom and Ila is amazing people :-) We can indeed recommend this B&B to all.

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5 on April 18, 2016

The rooms were nice and comfortable. Friendly service. Great location.

Fantastic B & B!

4.0 on April 11, 2016

Fantastic! My husband and I spent 3 nights at The Jenks House. The room was fabulous, the food great and the hosts were the best. We would highly recommend The Jenks House as a very comfortable place. We took a chance on this B & B, just choosing from a website. We were very happy that we did. Don't past it up. Gordon & Kathy

Delightful Place to Stay

4.4 on March 31, 2016

The Jenks House In Jacksonville is a gem. The Jenks House is located right by a wonderful part of Jacksonville...the charming neighborhoods of Riverside and Avondale which are known for historic residential architecture, cool shops, and popular restaurants. It is a convenient drive to downtown Jacksonville, I-95, and the airport, and it is a very nice area just for strolling. The property maintains its vintage Arts & Crafts / Mission / Craftsman-era features and details. It is spotlessly clean. The queen-sized bed in my room was memorably comfortable with a great shower in my bathroom. My hosts were friendly during the delicious breakfast, and gave me independence and privacy at all other times. Highly recommended. I will stay there again.

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4.4 on March 25, 2016

Great hosts, terriffic house and room, outstanding breakfast, having a dozen restaurants within walking distance was a pleasant surprise.

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Rooms & Rates

Mission Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Live Oak Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

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

Directions to property:

Located in the heart of Jacksonville in historic Riverside. From the North: Exit I-95 South 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, turn right onto Post Street, go four blocks, The Jenks House is on your right at intersection of Post and James streets. From the West: Exit I-10 East onto McDuff Avenue, turn left onto Post Street, go four blocks, The Jenks House is on your right at intersection of Post and James streets. From the South: Exit I-95 North 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.

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games , art deco AM/foreign band radios, high speed wireless internet access

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, TV, Wi-Fi

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No You may smoke away from building.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Minimum stays required during special events.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card information required at time of booking.
  • Cancellations: If reservation is for 1-4 nights: No charge if you cancel 7 days prior to check-in date. (If you cancel: within 5 days of check-in date, you will pay 50%; within 2 days of check-in date, you will pay 100%). If reservation is for 5 or more nights: No charge if you cancel 14 days prior to check-in date. (If you cancel: within 10 days of check-in date, you pay 50%; within 5 days of check-in date, you pay 100%). If reservation is for special events or holidays, no charge if you cancel 45 days prior to check-in date. (If you cancel: 30 days prior to check-in date, you pay 50%; 10 days prior to check-in date, you pay 100%).



Ila Rae and Tom Merten

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delicious full

  • Time Served: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

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).


Special Package

Green Getaways/Eco Escapes

"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.

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