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.
5 on January 22, 2017
Our recent stay in The Jenks House was delightful! Our room was clean and comfortable, and we liked the many unusual, special touches (including an old radio and clock, old Viewmaster with photos of Florida "back in the day," and photo album highlighting the interesting history of the house). The hosts, Tom and Ila Rae, are wonderfully kind and gracious. They sat with us at breakfast and we had a very enjoyable conversation. Turns out we have at least one mutual friend and a number of interests in common, and that made it all the more enjoyable. The fact that they've lived in the house for 40 years and raised their kids there is neat, too-- They know the area well, and if we'd had more time, we surely would have visited some of the spots they mentioned. Breakfast was delicious--prepared with veggies grown in their own garden--and included fresh-squeezed orange and grapefruit juice and coffee from fair-trade beans Tom had roasted himself that same morning. Finally, as eco-conscious folks, we applaud this B & B's "Green Lodging" certification. If you're looking for a top-notch B & B in the Jacksonville area, give The Jenks House a call.
5 on January 04, 2017
Excellent location, relatively close to downtown but also close to some "local" shopping and dining. Great neighborhood.
4.6 on December 22, 2016
Nice place. Parking is a bit tight (close together) on the property, and backing out onto the street is usually required unless you are the only car there (then you can manage a turnaround). Street parking around the bnB is strategically blocked by yard trimmings, and is usually not available. Be advised this BnB is in an "old town" area and parking is at a premium. You are close ( one block away) to bars and restaurants in this area so any parking is taken quickly, especially at night. Enjoy!
5 on November 15, 2016
Beautiful B and B in heart of Jacksonville. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
5 on October 03, 2016
The Jenks House is a gem, and Tom and Ila Rae could not have been kinder or more friendly. A wonderful place to stay in a great location.
5 on September 26, 2016
Walking distance to good restaurants, shopping, parks, art museum. Great hosts. Wish I could have stayed longer!
5 on September 15, 2016
The Jenks house was lovely. It's located in the Riverside area of Jacksonville. That area has always been a favorite area of the city for me. The house is over 100 years old and it is Beautiful. My room was spacious, the bed comfortable and the bathroom was very large. Unfortunately, I woke up in the morning with an upset stomach and was unable to eat breakfast. A big disappointment. The owner was so kind. He brought a cup of hot tea with honey to my room. I would stay there again and would recommend it highly. I will add this: The house is not air conditioned but there are window units it the rooms. It was cool enough for me but if you think that is something that would bother you then you might consider this before you decide to stay there.
5 on September 06, 2016
I enjoyed my overnight stay at the Jenks House. Ila Rae served French toast with fruit and real maple syrup. Tom roasted my coffee beans the night before so indeed I enjoyed my cups of coffee. I will definitely stay at the Jenks House again. Ila Rae and Tom are charming hosts. I enjoyed chatting with them.
4.8 on July 30, 2016
Tom and Ila Rae never disappoint! Either my wife and I or both of us have stayed at the Jenks House on several occasion over the past 10 years of so. We keep returning because they are gracious hosts, the rooms are comfortable, and the breakfast is very special.
3.8 on July 26, 2016
Very hospitable folks- would be glad to return again. Only suggestion I would make is to reactivate the whole house fan for intermittent use in hot weather: it would make the upstairs landing bearable.
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
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.