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Sidsmums
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“Would not change a thing!”
Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

What a wonderful haven so close to the bustle of Carcassonne! Our family of 6 just came back from a four day visit and enjoyed every minute of our stay. The village is genuine, set amongst the Languedoc vines; our hosts were so welcoming and lovely that we wanted to bring them with us on the last stretch of our trip; our cabin and shared accommodations were peaceful, clean and comfortable; and what to say about the other guests? Simply the best! Our kids didn't want to leave, which is the best endorsement we can give... Hope to stop by again someday :)

  • Stayed August 2013
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Quillan, France
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

We spent two weeks at Sidsmums while househunting - talk about an inspired choice of a place to stay! Tracey is a wonderful host, unfailingly helpful and friendly, the place is very clean, runs like clockwork, yet is low-key, relaxed, peaceful, with great energy. We stayed in one of the internal rooms in the main house, and it was much more like a B&B than a Backpackers. Preixan, the village, is also lovely - kind and helpful people - and we joined in some of the festivities. We'd recommend Sidsmums to anyone and everyone, and are really glad we stayed there.

Room Tip: The internal rooms are cooler in the hot summer months than the wooden cabins, and less people shari...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Montrose, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Sidsmums is a brilliant travelers retreat situated in the heart of the country surrounding Carcassonne. The owner, Tracey is very accommodating to families, solo travelers, cyclists and even was kind enough to provide lifts to and from the city when needed and able. With the rooms being priced very reasonably and the beds being very comfy, anyone who stays here is bound to find their trip enjoyable no matter what the weather does.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Krakow, Poland
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Lovely place, everything works perfectly, equipped kitchen, extra clean, great cabins. Just 10min from Carcassonne, but the nature around is so beautiful you're not gonna want to leave so quickly, so my advice, don't book your return ticket!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Detroit, Michigan
2 reviews
Reviewed April 8, 2013

What a relief it was for me to find this place. After a lot of difficulties traveling, here I remember some peace and rest. Food aplenty, hot chocolate, clean and homey, a little chair against the window, a nice green yard; I really found a good rest, here!

It is a great place to stay and the owner is really nice. A native English speaker, as well. It is a bus ride there but it is easy to manage as the stops are near the train station and near Sidsmums, but just email or call for advice if you need it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Tracy, the owner, was absolutely incredibly amazing: she picked me up from the airport because there's no public transport on Sundays to the village, rescued us from Carcassonne when the last bus of the day didn't come, gave us a pot of fig jam to have with breakfast, gave great advice on walks around the area and was generally lovely. The hostel itself is gorgeous, we stayed in rooms in the house part because it was too cold for cabins and it was exactly like living in a home (books, fireplace, lovely kitchen, couches, cats outside...). Only thing to remember is that very little is open anywhere on Sunday, and the shop and restaurant in Preixan are shut on Mondays, so if you're arriving around then buy food beforehand. Couldn't recommend Sidsmums enough!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

The main thing that sets Sidsmums apart from other budget accommodation is the helpfulness of the host, Tracy. She collected us from the airport and gave lots of great advice about things to do/see, and even rescued us from Carcassonne in pouring rain for a reasonable fare (the last bus back to Preixan drove straight past us because we were at the wrong bus stop! Tip - ask in tourist office for info about where to catch the bus back. There didn't seem to be a signed bus stand).

Preixan is very quiet , as with most pretty French villages. Sadly the boulangerie has now closed down (mini supermarket has taken over). Without a car, it did feel a bit isolated from Carcassonne. Taxis sounded a bit pricey to us. Our Sat morning bus didn't arrive, but Tracy was driving to town anyway so kindly gave us a lift.

However I really enjoyed the tranquility of the scenic rural location - more relaxing than touristy Carcassonne Cite. We did a great bike ride to St Hilaire Abbey and back. The brief dual carriageway section was less fun, but the rest is mostly quiet roads with picturesque vineyards.

The lovely log burner and DVD's in the evening made it very cosy and pleasant with a glass of wine, chatting with the (few) other guests. Not sure how busy it gets in summer. It was quiet for our stay late Sept, so plenty of space in the communal area.

Staying in the main building, the twin room was simple but comfortable. Bathroom quite basic but clean.

Pizza van is worth the long-ish walk for takeaway dinner.

Carcassonne is nice to explore for a day, our 2.5 days was plenty.... We had a good value lunch at l'Artichaut in Place Carnot.

Room Tip: Main building warmer than chalets in autumn/winter.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Sidsmums

Property: Sidsmums
Address: 11 Chemin de la Croix d'Achille | Preixan, 11250 Carcassonne, France
Location: France > Occitanie > Aude > Carcassonne
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Carcassonne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SIDSMUMS is a small, family run backpackers situated in the quiet foothills of the Pyrenees and surrounded by the vineyards and forests of the Malapere region. This is a place to relax and recharge. Meet new friends and enjoy the quiet countryside, or use our home as a base to further explore Cathar country. 10 kms Carcassonne, la Cite, Salvaza international airport. ... more   less 
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