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.
4.4 on January 23, 2015
We have spent a great weekend in a very nice part of Jacksoville with some great hosts Tom and Ila Rae ! Thanks, Nancy and Peter
4.8 on January 17, 2015
Just charming! Hosts were hospitable, knowledgable, and even recommended a wonderful seafood restaurant (Blue Fish restaurant) just two miles away in a quaint shopping area. The only two things that I would improve upon:coffee was freshly brewed but 1) could have been hotter. The breakfast was fresh and delicious! They even accommodated my special request. 2) I wish the toilets weren't urinals and that the one flushed more easily. Other than that, our visit was perfect and exceeded my expectations!
4.8 on January 16, 2015
The Jenks house was a great stay for me and my wife. This Bed and Breakfast reminds you of what a true Bed and Breakfast should be. The owners are very personable and approachable. Since we were the only guests, they even ate breakfast with us and shared stories of the house, neighborhood, and their own lives. They also listened to us and sounded interested in what we had to say. I've been to a few "Bed and Breakfasts" where you're treated like a hotel guest and if that's what you want, you can save money by staying in a hotel. If instead, you want to experience a Real Bed and Breakfast with real people for a great price, you should visit the Jenks house.
4.8 on December 05, 2014
The Jenks House is in the city of Jacksonville on a street with large historic houses. We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the company and conversation with Ila Rae and Tom Merten. We will be back!
5 on October 25, 2014
The Merton's house looks much like it did in the early 20th century, and they know a lot about it's history and the extraordinary historic neighborhood it is part of. The house is comfortable and quiet but convenient to restaurants and stores, and the wonderful riverfront Cummer museum.
5 on October 11, 2014
Ila Rae and Tom Merten are very welcoming and warm hosts. We were in Jacksonville to take a look around for a possible future move and they were more than generous with their wealth of information about the area. The room and adjoining bath was large and comfortable. After a good nights sleep on ironed sheets, we were served a 5 Star breakfast which included delicious fresh-roasted coffee. Thanks, Tom and Ila Rae, for a good time and a wonderful place to stay! Leslie
3.8 on October 03, 2014
We had a lovely time at this Prairie style home beautifully restored by the owners who have lived here 38 years. The Mission style furniture and beautiful wood floors are carefully maintained. We especially loved the access to a screened in porch near our bedroom for relaxing and reading. Very personable hosts with helpful information about nearby restaurants. Delicious breakfasts.
4.6 on September 16, 2014
Our stay at the Jenks House was more than we could have imagined. Tom met us at the door with a smile and a hearty handshake. Before we toured the house, he introduced us to Ila Ray, who spent some time going over my wife's dietary requirements. We stayed in Jacksonville so that we could spend time with my mother while she was in the hospital in Riverside. Knowing that our day would be starting early, they asked us when a good time for breakfast would be. We have stayed at several B&Bs and never before has the host asked us when we would like breakfast. Our breakfast included freshly roasted and ground (on premises) coffee. The breakfast conversation with our hosts and other guest was wonderfully relaxing. They truly were fantastic hosts who bent over backwards to meet our every need. Would we stay again? Absolutely!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.