The 22-room hotel is listed in the Northumberland Tourist Guide as a 17th Century listed Coaching Inn has been the hub of Alnmouth village for the past 300 years. Notable persons who have stayed in the hotel include Charles Dickens, Basil Rathbone, Douglas Bader and even King George III.
The name Schooner derives from a character of sailing ship (using fore and aft sails on more than one mast), first used by the Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries and then developed in the Americas from the 18th century onwards. Schooners were cargo vessels, capable of both ocean and coastal travel.
As well as a legitimate trading port, the village of Alnmouth was also a haven for smugglers and vagabonds. Such was the reputation of Alnmouth that John Wesley, the founder of The Methodist Church, commented that it was "a small seaport town famous for its wickedness".
The history of the hotel is well documented and there are many stories of murders, suicides and massacres. There have even been reports of babies being thrown into fires!