Morval is a picturesque rural farming hamlet with its obligatory Mairie, and is situated on the most southern tip of the Pas de Calais where it joins the Department of the Somme. The village offers visitors a tranquil environment in which to enjoy their holiday as well as easy access to many of the region's most famous attractions.
There are some lovely scenic walks around the village. This is a farming community so expect to see horses, sheep, cows and deer in the quiet nearby fields. Over the summer also expect to see a lot of red stunning poppies in the fields which, in places, still show the scars of battle 100 years later.
The biggest village in the Somme, Combles, with its shops, Post Office and pharmacy is only 2.5 kilometres away and Longueval with its famous Calypso Cafe is minutes by car from Morval. The area is littered with quiet French villages and countryside roads. Each village though has its own character and over the summer months each will hold their own village street sale and fete. It really is idyllic.
Morval is situated between the towns of Albert and Peronne, both of which are around 15 minutes away by car. The town of Bapaume to the north is also very accessible. All these 3 towns have populations of around 10,000 people and have a wide range of shops, supermarkets, petrol stations, amenities and all have their own "market days".
During WW1, Morval was held by the Germans and was recaptured by the British on 25th September 1916. There is a British Commonwealth Cemetery in the village which also unusually contains one German war fatality. On a lighter note, you never know what you will discover as you explore the area around Morval - this old Citroen van has become overgrown in a thicket after being retired from its role as farm labourer!
We'd love to offer you the warmest of welcomes to Maison Lavande. Our cottage is a great place to get away from it all. But you're never far from something to see or do, or from tempting places to eat out, or glorious French lanes to explore on two wheels or four, or maybe even on foot.