Lonely Planet Writer

Gnomes, prosthetic legs and a cat named Yoda are among the strangest items left behind at UK hotels

A family of gnomes, a cat named Yoda, and a trio of prosthetic legs complete with designer shoes were just some of the odd items left behind at hotels around the UK.

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British Shorthair cat. Image by boryak/Getty Images

Travelodge has revealed some of the bizarre items that were left behind in hotel rooms last year, a list that includes a Sikh ceremonial helmet, a British Blue Shorthair, an antique stained-glass window, a necklace made from £50 notes and more. The hotel chain operates 525 hotels around the UK, so over a year there is plenty of time for things to turn up unexpectedly in rooms – like wedding vows from the 1950’s.

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Business travellers have forgotten strange items in UK hotels. Image by Ryan McVay / Getty Images

For instance, at the Dundee Strathmore Travelodge, one staff member was quite surprised to open a door and find a “family of three generations of gnomes” hanging out in the room. One forgetful guest left three prosthetic legs behind at the Manchester Piccadilly Travelodge, each one wearing a shoe from designers like Valentino, Gucci and Mui Mui.

Travelodge notes that 2016 also saw some forgetful business travellers leaving things behind – like the keys to a mansion, and a Swarovski-encrusted waving cat. According to the hotel chain: “one business customer staying at Bank Travelodge left behind his annual company accounts and one CEO was in such a hurry to get to his meeting that he forgot his teddy bear, which has been his companion for forty years”.  

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