It all depends how you approach your life in the Creuse. If you have a "get involved2, "can do" positive attitude, then you will be successful.
Yes it is colder here, especially in Jan/Feb, but the rest of the year is beautiful.
Dun is a nice town and area. There are many activities going on - check out the websites
It is very important to make friends with your neighbours. One of the first things we did when we arrived 8 years ago was to organise a get together in our back garden with all our village neighbours and the Mayor and three of his deputies. We had 40+ people and it was a great success. On the back of this we now have English conversation evenings over winter, every Thursday, in different houses. The neigbours are brilliant, and very helpful.
We have had no problems settling in. The police are very much in the background. If you do not drink and drive; if you carry all the correct documentation (passport, driving licence, insurance, log book, MOT)(they do random checks), you will have no problems.
The health system is the best in the world (we are well travelled). In general it is 70% paid for by the State and 30% top up insurance (if you wish). We are in our late 60s and we pay the top up - 166 euros per month. You do not need to pay for the top up. We know a lot of people who do not pay. In our 8 years here we have broken even. But it only needs a major accident to change this.
We find that the general cost of living is more than in UK.
Next time you are passing through you can call in on us, and we can carry on the conversation.