Kathryn and Rick Watkins cherish the memories they have made at the Dibley church in Kangaloon, and the people they have met as its owners. The couple purchased the church and made it a library and loungeroom for them to visit and unwind. They have decided it is time to put it on the market and it has a price guide of $1.7 million with Belle Property Southern Highlands. "We've had some great times in here - it's been an honour owning it," Kathryn said, and it was somebody else's turn to enjoy the space. They hosted Christmas carols at the church during their first year where more than 100 people gathered, and Rick has even hosted a Medieval feast and a combat reenactment there. With a cemetery on the premises and both listed as local heritage items, they always welcomed people who came to pay their respects to those buried there. The owners said they have met the ancestors of people who helped build the church, and have learned more about it through visitors. "We wanted to preserve it as a public building," Rick said. It was originally built in 1862 with a timber structure, weatherboard and frames on donated land, it was damaged and rebuilt with sandstone and basalt 20 years later. Also known as the Uniting Church, weddings, christenings and many gatherings have been held there for more than 100 years, and the last service was held there in 2016. They stripped the paint back to reveal its original colour and repainted it to bring the church back to its former glory, have been maintaining the property. Along the way, they have kept the gate unlocked and always invited locals for a cuppa to show them what they were doing. "We were just trying to not have to have a footprint and keep it in condition for the community," Kathryn said. Belle Property Southern Highlands principal Debbie Pearce said there has been interest in the historic gem in the "lovely setting". "It's got a lot of character to it," she said. There has also been a DA approval for a three bedroom, two bathroom home and a freestanding double garage on the premises. To learn more about the property, call David Pearce on 0438 846 199 or Debbie Pearce on 0400 339 449.