An obstacle for spin-based quantum sensors is magnetic noise due to proximal spins. However, a cluster of such spins can become an asset, if it can be controlled. Here, we polarize and readout a cluster of three nitrogen electron spins coupled to a single nitrogen-vacancy spin in diamond. We further achieve sub-nmlocalization of the cluster spins. Finally, we demonstrate coherent spin exchange between the species by simultaneous dressing of the nitrogen-vacancy and the nitrogen states. These results establish the feasibility of environment-assisted sensing and quantum simulations with diamond spins.