One of Dorset’s most-loved natural attractions is the Blue Pool on the Furzebrook Estate, near Corfe Castle – and now you can camp here.
It’s an area of woodland and heathland with a flooded, disused clay pit at its centre – the area has become a haven for wildlife and is now a nature reserve and tea rooms and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) popular with both visitors to the Isle of Purbeck and Dorset residents.
Visitors can now stay at The Blue Pool in one of its new eco-glamping tents – sleep under canvas in style, without the fuss of putting up your own tent, and enjoy a back-to-basics experience complete with a fire pit and eco-loo.
With only six bell tents in the dedicated camping field, you’ll enjoy the peace and quiet of this special spot and are likely to spot wildlife such as squirrels in the treetops and the resident deer roaming the surrounding woodland.
You can also pitch your own tent in a dedicated ‘wild camping’ area.
The Blue Pool itself is a tranquil place to spend an afternoon walking the dog or catching up with family. There’s also a great children’s play area set amongst the trees, and the tea room serves locally-produced food and drink.
This is an intimate, back-to-basics campsite, keeping things natural and as wild as possible, with the addition of some essential home-from-home items.
Whilst there is no toilet/shower block, each tent does have its own long-drop composting loo and a standpipe for drinking/washing up water.
Tents come equipped with beds, a table & chairs, and an outdoor fire pit with supplied firewood and kindling – if you run out you can buy more on site.
Each pitch has solar-powered lighting, and a lantern for each tent is provided.
One car per pitch may park for free – let the team know if you need further parking.
There are two types of tents at Blue Pool Camping. All are by Bell Tent Boutique:
- Two-bed bell tent – The 5 metre tents sleep two people in either a single or double bed
- Family bell tent – The larger 6m tents are equipped with a double bed and two singles and can sleep up to four
You’ll need to bring your own bedding and cooking utensils.
Nature Observation Platform
A unique camping experience in a secluded spot on the reserve, perfect for stargazing and really immersing yourself in the natural environment of The Blue Pool.
This quirky treehouse sleeps up to four people.
There are also special ‘secret’, wild camping spots at undisclosed locations on the estate for campers wanting to get even closer to nature.
Let your sense of adventure guide you and stay on a magical, private pitch in the heart of the woodland.
Upon arrival you’ll be taken to your secret spot, which has an eco toilet and water, where you’ll be left to experience nature at its very best.
Tariffs & booking
Prices vary during low and high season and according to which pitch type and tent size you require.
Visit the Blue Pool Camping website for the latest rates and information: bluepooltearooms.co.uk/blue-pool-camping/
Camping at the Blue Pool also gives you a free day pass for exploring the nature reserve itself.
Call or email direct to book.