We plan on visiting Carcassonne in October for an afternoon.
We'd like to find a place to stay in some small town near
Carcassonne or at least between Carcassone and the Spanish border (Our base is Barcelona. We're renting a car for four days and hope to drive to a few nice places, including Carcassonne and return to Barcelona)
I Carcassonne is full of tourists and that the hotels would be overpriced. In addition, I much prefer small hotels or inns or bed and breakfasts.