Things left behind in holiday homes

Flip Flops in the fridge, an entire room filled with pink balloons and and a twenty four inch machete are just a few of the belongings left in holiday home rental properties by punters guests according to a survey amongst members.

Holiday Home Owners and agents : I’m interested to know – What’s the strangest, best, or most annoying items that have been left in your property by your guests?. Please leave a comment.

Here’s a list of  the most weird and wonderful items left behind in holiday letting villas and apartments :

  • Two foot long machete
  • Hormone replacement instruction leaflet
  • An expensive camera
  • Dead snake
  • A “She-Wee”
  • A fridge full of food
  • A bible in the bedside table and religious leaflets stuffed in all the books and furniture
  • A book left by an American guest titled ‘Weird England’
  • A crucifix
  • Mountain bike
  • Flip flops in the fridge
  • A room filled with pink balloons
  • 50 euro tip
  • The bride’s wedding dress!
  • A leather thong
  • An air-conditioning unit
  • A set of rubber ducks
  • Box of chocolates
  • False teeth
  • A diamond
  • Cash
  • Four pairs of curtains
  • 3 bottles of Champagne
  • A pair of wet swimming trucks with sand found under the pillow they were sleeping on
  • A real live tortoise (he now lives on the roof)
  • Fluffy handcuffs
  • An Internet router
  • Talking gingerbread man
  • A message and a tip in a bottle
  • Painted stones

Spare a thought for the hoteliers too – budget hotel chain Travelodge reckons to find around 80 artificial limbs a year in it’s hotels and other items reportedly left behind in hotels have included a six foot stuffed crocodile, an inflatable sheep and how about this for guest from hell ? One hotel has reported that a guest left behind a wok. Doesn’t sound too bad until you hear that the wok was moulded to the toilet and the toilet was filled with charcoal!

March 5, 2012


4 responses to “Things left behind in holiday homes”

  1. Matt Sellars says:

    Nothing strange has been left in our apartment in Valencia so far (only been doing holiday lettings since the start of 2009). People do leave quite a lot though. I guess that is because they are scared about the strict luggage allowance on flights. So far when something has been broken people leave money. Some leave too much, some leave too little so it balances out.

  2. Schofields says:

    An interesting list.

    In relation to a dead snake and crucifix, we once had a claim where guests left a pig’s head in a coffin.


  3. Rob Barham says:

    Wow Philip.

    What was the claim for ? just cleaning it up or for some sort of emotional distress?!

  4. Schofields says:


    Although it was a distressing discovery for the holiday home owner, the claim was for accidental damage to carpets and furniture.

    It turned out that a witchcraft/devil worshiping ceremony had taken place during halloween.

    An interesting one to say the least.