Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card on arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

50% of the outstanding balance due on cancellations within a 14 day period. 75% of the outstanding balance due on cancellations within a 7 day period. 100% of the outstanding balance due on cancellations within a 3 day period.

Additional Terms and Conditions

A damage deposit, relative to the size of the group, will be charged upon arrival. This will not be returned until it is evident that there is no damage to be paid for.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

Book more than 14 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
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  • Superb Staff
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Property Description

If you are looking for a peaceful stay in the beautiful countryside then Sidsmums is the place for you. Sidsmums is a family run backpackers situated in the tiny, unique medieval village of Preixan just 10kms outside the famous Cite of Carcassonne. A 1€ bus service connects Carcassonne and Preixan supplemented with a 1€ train to nearby village. We welcome guests who are looking to relax, read, walk, cycle or meet up with other like minded people. We provide a fully equipped kitchen for you to cater for yourself, a lounge, sunny garden and veranda terrace to relax and full information on the surrounding region if you want to get out there and explore. We have a selection of FREE to use bikes to explore the Cathar Aude region

HOSTELWORLD OVERALL RATING 9.8 Superb (340 reviews)
AUGUST 2013 '100% I have stayed in many hostels all over the world, and this was by far my favourite. At Sidsmums i was able to stop and breathe. And never before have I been so warmly welcomed. Tracy and Peter are so incredibly passionate about making sure this is a wonderful experience for all. Tracy kindly picked me up and dropped me off at the train station when I needed. Peter also saved the day and picked me (and my bike) up when I got lost. I was really sad to say goodbye and cant wait to return some day x ' AUSTRALIA

28th Apr 2017 10.0
The room, facilities, location -- everything was just as expected. But Peter and Tracy went above and beyond to make sure that we had a great stay. From going out of their way to get us to the hostel the first night (since we arrived late and the buses had stopped), to saving us when we were stranded in the rain (without even having to ask) -- they're special people who love what they do, it's a beautiful place, and I wholeheartedly recommend Sidsmums for your stay in the Carcassonne area.

30th May 2017 10.0
Best hostel stay I've had in Europe! Peter and Tracy are caring hosts who know the surrounding area very well, recommended some great things to do and made sure that I was well equipped with the bus/train information to get around. The location is beautiful and the facilities are top-notch. A stay at Sidsmums feels like staying with old friends. I'd visit again in a heartbeat. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.5

  • Security 9.0

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 9.8

  • Atmosphere 9.5

  • Cleanliness 9.5

  • Facilities 9.5

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    12 Aug 2019
    I had an excellent time here. The accomodation is cool, and the village is lovely. Tracy and Peter are so welcoming, great on communication, give great advice and do whatever they can to make everyone comfortable. I thoroughly recommend this place
    England, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    12 Aug 2019
    A wonderful setting. If you're strictly here to see the city then the location would come down a point or two but getting off the beaten path was part of my goal. Superbly helpful, multilingual hosts. Lovely surroundings. Thorough amenities. Be sure to sort out transportation ahead of time, the bus lines to Preixan can be confusing.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    10 Mar 2019
    Excellent stay. Really enjoyed our time. Peter was a great host and provided us with lots of local information. There were many toys for our young girls to play with and a lovely garden for them to explore. Kitchen was well stocked for the simple meals we prepared. Would highly recommend staying here.
    USA, Couple, 31-40
  • 9.7


    05 Sep 2019
    I had a warm welcome from the host Peter. The place is very clean and well organized. I stayed only for one night but I will stay there again for sure if I come back visit the region in the future.
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    14 Apr 2019
    Sidsmums is a lovely hostel right outside of Carcassonne. I would highly recommend it, especially if you're in need of some peace and quiet. I was passing through on a Sunday night and happened to have the whole place to myself. The hostel itself is beautiful, it's really more like a small charming chateau in the mountains. It's clearly been newly renovated and the beds are comfy. Most impotantly, the owners Tracys and Peter are so nice, helpful and welcoming!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    02 May 2019
    I had a lovely time in Sidsmums. Tracy and Peter were so very helpful, and went above and beyond to help. The town itself is very quiet and has a lovely restaraunt. Would recommend anyone to stay here especially if you don't want to be staying in the town.
    Ireland, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    05 Mar 2019
    Sidsmums is an excellent hostel in Preixan. It is more of a B&B, but it is the same price as a hostel. It is comfortable and the host, Peter, was excellent! Because of it’s secluded nature, you are likely to get the room to yourself. I had no problems with the hostel and if I returned to Carcassonne, would stay at Sidsmums in a heartbeat! Thanks Peter!
    Canada, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1


    08 Jun 2019
    Really nice, well kept hostel!! It was very cute and the staff were super friendly. Peter and Tracy even gave us rides sometimes which is really helpful since the transportation system is not to great in the town. Beware nothing really works on sundays or bank holidays. But overall a great travelers retreat!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    09 Jun 2019
    I had a very chilled-out couple of days in Preixan. Tracy and Peter were very accommodating, a great advert for people from Bolton! There was only 2 of us staying at the hostel on the first night and 3 on the second night, so just know that outside of the peak season (July-August) there may be less of a traditional social hostel atmosphere. However, it is quite rightly defined as a “retreat” because it is very tranquil and quiet. If you’re looking for some relaxation, I would recommend here!
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 6.9


    06 Oct 2019
    Good place from which to see Carcassonne. The host is very friendly (so are the cats). My main suggestion would be to provide lockers given there was no way to secure one’s belongings. Yes the shared rooms did have a single key, but there is no way for multiple people to share it, so it wasn’t useful. Also there was no clear indication of which bed one was assigned to.
    USA, Male, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Cots Available
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Washing Machine
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Meals Available
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Foosball