This place goes to show that the unplanned can be the most memorable about a place. We were unexpectedly overnight in Hilo (after a helicopter flight) - too late to drive back to Kona. We found Shipman House on a brochure, and although hadn't meant to spend this much for the night ended up being so glad we did. I could go on for ages about the houses beauty and history, about the fabulous, helpful kindness of Barbara and Garry in making our stay so great - suffice to say we wish we had stayed longer here: the house must be seen to be believed. Take time to browse each room and especially the library. Our bedroom with high four poster bed, original antique furnishings had lovely views, the lovely old bathroom was luxurious. The sumptuous fruit breakfast (all grown on site - at least a dozen varieties of fruit) was amazing - and we had a very informative and friendly chat with Garry over breakfast before we had to (regretfully) leave. My husband fell for the passionfruit butter - simply delicious over the home made muffins. Thanks so much Barbara and Garry, if we are back in Hilo we'll be back to stay without doubt - longer next time!