Ahun is a beautiful town in Creuse, France. It has a beautiful 11th century church, and was formerly an abbey. Next to the village is a river perfect for strolling and picnicking. To reach Ahun, you can get from The SOUTERRAINE (three hours by train from Paris). There are several buses that come to town. You're also about 20 minutes drive from Aubusson, for where there is also a bus operated by the SNCF, the French railway company. Therefore you have to buy a train ticket plus bus, but I find it more expensive. The region has developed a lot with English tourism in recent years, since Ryanair reaches Limoges, about an hour from there. But the region retains a strong character and is perfect for holidays that combine nature, sports and good food with culture.
The Creuse is a French site in the Limousin region, bordered by the river of the same name. Traditionally poor, known for only cattle and potatoes, it was unappreciated by most of the French and tourists, until five years ago, when Ryanair started flying to Limoges. Many English bought country houses and restored castles, giving this site a breath of life. There is little public transport if you wish to visit. The train, three hours from Paris, comes to the SOUTERRAINE or Limoges, then a shuttle bus to Aubusson, or Ahun. It is four hours away. I love riding my bike through the woods. It is very green for 600 feet high, conifers and other trees that lose their leaves stand here. Fall is the best time to visit, as the leaves become red and yellow, and you can choose and prepare nuts, chestnuts, mushrooms for a delicious meal next to the fireplace. The month of May is also nice for cooler temperatures, and the ability to swim in many of the lakes in the region. The best way to stay is in a "chambre d'hotes", a guest house, the tourist offices of Limousin offer lists, or online.
Le Donzeil is one of the towns that I liked in Creuse because I have nice memories from there. It's a town of about 500 inhabitants, and gradually, people have left for the capital, diminishing this beautiful place. Today, the residents, their children and grandchildren continue to buy houses and give a new breath to the town. It has, among other things, a beautiful 13th century Roman church with interesting stained glass windows, and a Roman stone sarcophagus, which no one knows where it comes from. Other than that, the town used to be occupied by the Roman Empire, and there are several artifacts on the streets and the dry stone walls that divided the country into regions and municipalities. There is a guest house 5 rooms that you can rent by room or as a whole where they serve typical, regional meals.