Welcome to the Hérault, home of Midi Cricket Club
The Hérault department is a little piece of paradise in the south of France. Loved by the French for its sandy beaches, majestic mountains, rich history and culture, it is also loved by the expatriate community for an infinite supply of good, reasonably-priced wine and excellent restaurants. Which makes it an excellent place not only to have a cricket club but also to welcome teams from the UK.
Midi Cricket Club’s home ground in the village of Pouzolles is close to a range of tourist attractions: http://www.destination-languedoc.co.uk/discover-2-2.html. Pezenas, with a rich medieval history and close association to the great French playwright Molière, is only 15 minutes away while the Herault playground, Parc de Bessilles, is about 25km down the road: http://www.herault.fr/files/gcausse/bessilles.pdf
The Hérault’s burgeoning popularity in the UK as a residence and for a holiday stems in large part from the good, cheap air links from Beziers Airport. The airport is located between Beziers and Agde, and is about 25 minutes from Pouzolles. www.languedoc-holiday-guide.com/beziers/
Ryanair flies to Bristol, Luton, Edinburgh & Manchester http://www.beziersairport.com/Destinations/. EasyJet flies from Gatwick to Montpellier (about an hour from Pouzolles) all the year round while Carcassone and Perpignan (both about 75 minutes drive) also have cheap flights from the UK.
On match days
A standard match day consists of a 40-over game starting at 1pm with tea provided by a volunteer from Midi CC. We are happy to play any format from 20 – 50 over cricket and can vary the start time as required.
We are also offering clubs the opportunity to join us in a post-match barbeque at the ground hosted by our own professional traiteur and player, Ken Miller. It is reasonably priced and provides a great opportunity to socialise afterwards (wine and beer available of course). Clubs must let us know if they would like to sign up for the BBQ.
While the club does not ask for a fee for overseas touring teams, we would of course welcome any donation towards our running costs.
Gites / B&B’s
Gites are usually good quality self-catering accommodation. If you want to stay in a gite or B&B in the Hérault, this is a useful website: http://www.gites-de-france-herault.fr/EN/. The site also has a list of campsites and you can book in English. If you want to check the driving distance from a possible accommodation location to Pouzolles, the AA route planner is a good guide: www.theaa.com/route-planner/index.jsp.
La Maison Rose : http://lamaison-rose.fr/. Maison d’hotes in Montblanc, 20 minutes from Pouzolles. Historic villages and beautiful beaches all within easy reach. 6 suites/bedrooms available. 565 Euros per week (high-season tariff).
Phone: +33 (0) 467 76 03 37 or email through website.
Parc de Bessilles : http://www.bessilles.fr/. 30 minutes from Pouzolles. Comfortable apartments in park setting for six to eight people. 550 Euros per week (mid-season tariff).
Phone: +33 (0) 467 24 75 75 or email through website.
Camping sites / Chalets
Montagnac – La Piboule
Camp sites only, five-minute walk from town centre. 25-minute drive to Pouzolles. Address : 9 Chemin de la Piboule – 34530 Montagnac.
Phone : +33 (0) 467 24 01 31
Thirty semi-shaded sites. Toilet/shower block. Power and water at site.
Tariff during cricket week: 10 Euros a night (plus 3.20 Euros for power).
Pezenas – Camping les Cigales
Tariffs during cricket week: Mobile homes for four 4-6 people = 46 Euros a night. Canvas bungalows for up to five people = 33 Euros a night. Camp sites for two persons (tent/caravan/camper van) = 13.50 Euros a night, electricity 3.80 Euros (plus 2 Euros per additional person, 1 Euro for children 2 – 7, children under 7 free).
Pezenas – Camping Municipal Castelsac
Chalets, gites and shaded camp sites Pezenas, about 15-minute drive to Pouzolles.
Address: Parc Loisirs de Castelsac – 34120 Pezenas.
Phone : +33 (0) 467 98 04 02
Tariffs during cricket week : Offers 12 gites for 4-5 people, 30 sq m, a week = 237 Euros, one night = 49.50 Euros. Wooden chalet for five persons, a week = 361 Euros, one night = 55 Euros. Camp sites for tent = 4.60 Euros a night, for caravan = 6.70 Euros a night, camper van = 5.35 Euros a night. Each adult is an additional 3.40 Euros a night, each child (2-13) is 1.75 Euros a night, power is 3 Euros a night.