Compass House is situated in Amble, which I wouldnt say its an idyllic town - it looks like its had tourism thrust upon it but its actually got a much grittier working heritage that is quite apparent, but its my kind of place has enough small shops, pubs etc that meant we didnt have to get in the car everytime we wanted to get something. The house is brilliantly situated on a quiet street, that turns sort of into a cul de sac so little traffic down it. Its right by a green with a kids play area which is next to the sea. Walk up to Amble Links theres a caravan park there with a decent pub and the beach a little further up is excellent.
The owners were brilliant very pleasant and helpful also a few nice touches like fresh bread and soup when you arrived were very much appreciated. The house is well appointed with everything you need. Its a dog friendly House but it still looks and smells like a normal home!
Amble is a great place to base yourself from either just south to Druridge Bay or go north to Low Newton, Craster etc.
Alnwick Castle was good book before you go to save time and money, Tourist info have discounted tickets.
We have never been to the same place twice, but we are booking for next year already as it was literally bang on for what we needed.