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

in My Pets and Other Animals
by edmoraz on 8 October 2015 10:39
in My Pets and Other Animals
by virtdave on 7 October 2015 06:24
Scaffold Tower
in Building and DIY
by Charasse23500 on 5 October 2015 07:54
Broadband recommendations North Creuse
in Technology Troubles
by virtdave on 2 October 2015 11:31
in Weather Centre
by virtdave on 2 October 2015 11:20
compromise - electrics
in French Electrics
by sally watkins on 30 September 2015 20:26
in La Vie en Creuse
by fishsw on 25 September 2015 16:25

Latest Small Ad's

For Sale Smallholding in Creuse
by Tumbleweed on 5 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
Free books
by Freezerbill on 27 July 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.