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Hotel chain reveals its most bizarre lost and found items of 2017

A pet rabbit, a winning Lottery ticket and a pilot's licence are among the other items that ended up in the lost and found offices of budget chain Travelodge, which has 542 properties in the UK.

A hotel chain has revealed the most bizarre items left behind in its rooms (and car parks) - and they include a bath full of potatoes, Bob the Builder costumes, a canoe and even pets.

Plus a mother-in-law. 

Budget chain Travelodge, which has 542 properties across the UK, today published a list of the weirdest items that have ended up in its lost and found offices over the past 12 months.  

Budget hotel chain Travelodge, which has 542 properties across the UK, has revealed the weirdest things left in its rooms

The hotel manager at Manchester Trafford Park Travelodge got quite a shock after finding a 27ft ‘Starchaser’ space rocket at the hotel.

And in Leatherhead a spaced-out guest forgot to take their pet lionhead rabbit, Bugs Bunny.

Over in Weston-Super-Mare staff found a cat and dog called Baskin and Robbins had been left behind and in Newcastle, an unlucky guest lost their winning EuroMillions Lottery ticket. It was for £100 and was returned to the rightful owner.

Another financial hiccup occurred when an American stockbroker left London Liverpool Street Travelodge without his briefcase, which contained over £500,000-worth of share certificates for a client.  

There was shock, too, in Eastleigh Central, Hampshire, when staff discovered a bath full of potatoes after the room was vacated, while in Birmingham, one guest left behind 20 Bob the Builder costumes that came complete with work belts and hard hats. 

Interestingly, the hotel chain has also seen a growing trend in forgetful brides.

One new bride staying at York Central Travelodge left behind her mother-in- law, and only realised when she got home that she had forgotten her new relative.

Another bride staying at Birmingham Bull Ring left the hotel without her diamond Mangala Sutra, an Indian wedding necklace with the same significance as a wedding ring. 

At Gatwick Airport Travelodge it was important, but forgotten, paper work that startled hotel workers. 

A pilot, from a well-known airline, was in such a rush to get to the airport that he left his pilot’s licence behind.

The hotel manager at Manchester Trafford Park Travelodge got quite a shock after finding a 27ft ‘Starchaser’ space rocket at the hotel 

Luckily the hotel manager came to his rescue and personally took the licence to the airport.

But it's not just essential items people have accidentally abandoned. Travelodge revealed how some guests went to great lengths to retrieve sentimental items.

One man, who left behind his 50-year-old teddy bear called Rupert at Aberdeen Travelodge, was so upset he sent his PA to personally collect it as he could not sleep without him. He worked in London and fortunately a staff member was able to bring it to the Farringdon Travelodge to be collected.

One superstitious businessman had to take a day’s holiday to collect his expensive pen, which he left behind in London

And one superstitious businessman had to take a day’s holiday to come back from the Netherlands to London Bank Travelodge to collect his rare Montblanc pen worth £8,000, as he said he could not sign any paper work without his 'lucky pen'.

One female businesswoman, meanwhile, sent a car to pick up her 24ct gold lucky laughing Buddha necklace, which she forgot at Bicester Travelodge after an extensive shopping spree.

Shakila Ahmed, a Travelodge spokeswoman, said: 'With nearly 19million customers annually staying at our 542 UK Travelodge hotels, for a wide variety of reasons, we do get some interesting items being left behind.

'The running theme our customers do tell us, is that the pace of modern life is so fast and furious that time is off the essence especially when getting from A to B and therefore valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.'


Aberdeen - A 50-year-old teddy bear called Rupert

Bicester - A 24ct gold Buddha necklace

Birmingham Broadway Plaza - 20 Bob the Builder costumes including work belts and hard hats

Birmingham Bull Ring - A diamond Mangala sutra (a wedding necklace worn by Indian brides)

Birmingham Streetly - 84 pairs of builders boots

Blackpool South Promenade - Mobility scooter

Bradford Central - A Swarovski encrusted wedding coat worth £50,000

Brighton Seafront - A canoe

Cambridge - A degree in engineering

Carlisle - A personal diary spanning over 40 years

Coventry - A 100-year-old alarm clock

Eastleigh Central - A bath full of Jersey potatoes

Edinburgh Central Princes Street - A land deed and title to land in the Scottish Highlands

Gatwick Airport - Pilot's licence

Harrogate - Tickets for the Orient Express

Harrogate West Park - Life-sized cut-outs of Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt

Heathrow Terminal 5 - A script for a movie

Leamington Spa - A drone

Leatherhead - A pet lionhead rabbit called Bugs Bunny

Liverpool Exchange Street - A set of Hermes tarot cards

London Bank - A Montblanc pen worth £8,000

London Farringdon - A Hublot watch

London Finchley - Eight baskets of wooden spoons

London Kings Cross - A Moncler ski suit

London Liverpool Street - £500,000 worth of share certificates

Manchester Central - A vintage Louis Vuitton trunk with ball gowns inside 

Manchester Trafford Park Travelodge - a 27ft model space rocket 

Milton Keynes at the Hub - A mixologist book of cocktail recipes

Newcastle Central - A winning EuroMillions lottery ticket for £100

Reading Central - A statue made from screws

Redhill Town Centre - A black Range Rover Sport and keys

Ryde, Isle of Wight - A gold Second World War bravery medal

Sunderland Central - Eight suitcases of designer clothes and shoes bought from Bond Street

Torquay - Six-foot Christmas trees fully decorated

Towcester - A Belgian Malinois dog called Betsy

Weston-Super-Mare - A silver cat called Baskin and Yorkshire Terrier called Robbins

Dudley Town Centre - An antique urn containing ashes

York - A pair of Oranda fish called Gin and Tonic

York Central - A mother-in-law  

All items left behind in Travelodge hotels that have not been claimed within three months are donated to local British Heart Foundation Charity Shops, Travelodge’s charity partner.