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 November 13, 2017
We really enjoyed our stay and there are bars and restaurants a block away. Will come again!
5 on November 06, 2017
What a great B&B! Beautiful Mission style ambiance. The hosts do a great job of creating a convivial atmosphere, particularly at the delicious breakfasts. Would recommend highly. It is walkable to great restaurants and sightseeing.
4.4 on October 30, 2017
Tom and Ila Rae are the best hosts. It feels like home. The breakfast and the morning conversation was so much fun and we loved learning about the history of the house.
4.6 on September 24, 2017
Homey, quiet, relaxing...nice getaway
4.8 on May 04, 2017
Location is wonderful - walking distance to many cool restaurants and a very short drive to the midtown area.
4.8 on April 26, 2017
The Mertens were very welcoming when we stayed with them. They were both accommodating when it came to the wonderful, fresh food they served and the clean bathroom, bedroom and home.
5 on April 14, 2017
I have family who reside in Jacksonville. I visit them about twice a year and always stay at the Jenks House. Ila Rae and Tom go out of their way to accommodate every request. Great hosts!
3.4 on April 11, 2017
Enjoyed our stay of five nights in the beautifully restored 1920's home. It was very clean and the Inn Keepers were very cordial. The breakfasts while well prepared lacked in substance. However, the fresh squeezed juice was a real Florida treat.
5 on March 29, 2017
The owners, the Mertens , are warm and welcoming. The home is lovely and nestled in the historic district. Breakfast is delicious, and make sure to ask for the pears!
5 on March 15, 2017
Could not have imagined a nicer stay. Tom and Ila Rae are delightful and wonderfully hospitable. The house is beautiful and charming.
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.