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

WIN 10 portability
in Technology Troubles
by David_J on 24 May 2016 10:18
one advantage of Creuse==update
in La Vie en Creuse
by virtdave on 23 May 2016 14:00
Why did I ever stop building that ark?
in Weather Centre
by virtdave on 23 May 2016 13:58
Brocantes in the Creuse
in La Vie en Creuse
by maryr on 16 May 2016 20:33
Brittany Ferries - economie service
in Café Creusois
by Annik on 16 May 2016 17:41
in My Pets and Other Animals
by edmoraz on 14 May 2016 16:22
Castles (or parts thereof) of the Creuse
in La Creuse in Pictures
by edmoraz on 14 May 2016 16:19

Latest Small Ad's

Wanted: Caravan for temp accomodation
by kevcreuse on 29 April 2016
Translator - Aubusson
by NeilBaines on 15 April 2016
3 Point Linkage Kit Extra Long Kubota & Other Tractors
by bilkobfc1 on 19 March 2016
Looking for a Puppy
by jeanette on 14 March 2016

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.