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
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Charming B&B

4.4 on March 06, 2017

This was our first trip to Jacksonville and staying at The Jenks House certainly added to the enjoyment of our visit. Our hosts, Tom and Ilya, were welcoming and helpful. The breakfasts were delicious!

Best B & B in town

5 on March 01, 2017

How do you not like fresh juice from their own trees and French Press coffee ground that morning? The hosts were friendly and aiming to please. Frank Lloyd Wright design to home was gorgeous. Nice location, too.

Highly recommended!

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.

Jenks House

5 on January 04, 2017

Excellent location, relatively close to downtown but also close to some "local" shopping and dining. Great neighborhood.

Mission Room in Jenks House

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!

Excellent B and B

5 on November 15, 2016

Beautiful B and B in heart of Jacksonville. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Friendly, charming and great value

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.

Great place

5 on September 26, 2016

Walking distance to good restaurants, shopping, parks, art museum. Great hosts. Wish I could have stayed longer!

Jenks House, Jacksonville.

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.

Jenks House overnight visit.

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.

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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

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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%).
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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).

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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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