Discover our history

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Established in 1935
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Nestled at the heart of the 300-acre Furzebrook Estate in the Isle of Purbeck, The Blue Pool Nature Reserve & Tearooms offers a unique blend of natural beauty and historical significance. Designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1985, this enchanting location showcases the remarkable power of nature amid lush greenery and diverse wildlife.

The Blue Pool

Dating back to the 17th century, The Blue Pool was originally a hand-quarried clay pit. The Purbeck ball clay extracted from here was used to craft fine ceramic products such as plates, pipes, cups, and teapots for renowned British pottery companies like Wedgwood.

Abandoned in the early 19th century, the pit filled with rainwater, creating a mesmerising colour phenomenon. The light diffraction caused by minuscule clay particles suspended in the water gives The Blue Pool its distinctive and ever-changing hues.

Opened to the public as a tourist attraction in 1935, The Blue Pool now offers over 30 acres of nature-filled paths and walkways. Visitors can enjoy unique views and serene landscapes as they explore this captivating and historic site.

The Tearooms

Discover a collection of enchanting historic buildings, brimming with Art Deco and Art Nouveau charm, all nestled under a Canadian cedar shingle roof. Indulge in our locally sourced food and drinks, crafted to delight every taste and palate. Don’t miss our beloved homemade cream teas, a true highlight of our offerings.


The Furzebrook Estate is a vital part of our local heritage and a sanctuary for diverse wildlife.

Experience the sight of Sika deer grazing peacefully, and marvel at the vibrant display of dragonflies and damselflies that adorn The Blue Pool in spring and summer. The estate is also a haven for bird enthusiasts, hosting species such as woodpeckers, cuckoos, buzzards, and the nationally significant Dartford warbler. Explore the natural beauty and rich biodiversity that make Furzebrook Estate truly special.

Our cynical world has few surprises left, if you have never visited us before then prepare to be entranced. The deep waters of The Blue Pool offer a kaleidoscope of colour.” 

Jennifer Barnard

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