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.
4.6 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.