Welcome to Pont Noir

Pont Noir is all about living in the Creuse, the best of the three departments of the Limousin. Whether you are currently living here in department 23, are in the process of buying a property here, seriously thinking about a move, or just dreaming of a better life in rural France then Pont Noir is the site for you.


Friendly Forums

In our moderated forums you can learn all about the department.  Find recommendations for places to eat or stay, chat with locals and find out how they live their Creusois life.

Everyone can enjoy the forums, but to post a reply, ask a question or just say hello you'll need to sign up.  It free, easy to do and you'll be made very welcome.

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Local Directory

The Pont Noir Directory contains only local business who are based and registered in the Creuse so you can quickly find a local tradesman, restaurant or bed and breakfast.

Covering everything from tool-hire to gîte rental to estate agencies, the Directory is useful for permanent residents, holiday-makers and those who'd like to stay longer.

View the Directory

Life in La Creuse

Read stories of living living in the Creuse from people who are doing it now in our collection of columns about their every days lives.  Or tell us your own story.

Explore the local history with them, hear how they battle with the language, misunderstand the local customs and renovate their own run-down rural retreat.

Read about Life in La Creuse

Say Bonjour with a Smile

Pont Noir is the English language gateway to all things Creusois but there is no single better thing you can do to improve your time here than learn to speak and read French.

One of the best forums here is all about living with the French language;  translate local words and phrases, find great language resources and enjoy the fun French forum.

Langue Française forum

Recycle and Reuse

Using the Pont Noir Small Ad's forum you can find second-hand surplus, get a job or pick up a lift.  Everything from toys to tools and a house to keep them in could be found here.

Sign up to sell your unwanted stuff, share your van space or find a new home for your angry goat.  Private non-commercial small ad listings are free.

See the current listings

Latest Forum Posts

French NF C 15-100 code
in French Electrics
by RobertArthur on 27 November 2015 14:41
Our dog has died suddenly
in My Pets and Other Animals
by Freezerbill on 25 November 2015 12:54
Quick Picture Quiz
in La Creuse in Pictures
by Dave on 25 November 2015 11:23
in La Creuse in Pictures
by Annik on 25 November 2015 10:50
Terrorism: Will you change your plans?
in Survey Yourselves
by virtdave on 24 November 2015 17:50
End of November
in Weather Centre
by edmoraz on 16 November 2015 08:43
Last Three Letters
in Café Creusois
by enzo on 12 November 2015 17:46

Latest Small Ad's

Wanted: pre-loved bricks (orange)
by Suzanne on 1 November 2015
Empty Van available
by Alice on 10 October 2015
Devis/Quotation Wanted for Electrics & Fosse Septique Instal
by Ceejays on 21 September 2015
estate car wanted
by kimgriff on 12 September 2015

La Creuse Highlighted

La Nécropôle des Sagnes

La Nécropôle des Sagnes near Pontarion is a Roman site excavated in the late 1980's consisting of around 300 cremation urns, some of which have been carved into slabs of rock.  It a is mile or so from the road and offers a delightful summer walk.


Crozant is one of the most famous, and most beautiful parts of La Creuse.  There are several walks with stunning views of the ruins and the river Creuse.