Raquel Created Her Dream New Mexico Ranch—And It’s on Airbnb
Images captured by Margo Ducharme
Thank you to editor Elise Taylor + Vogue
Raquel Allegra never thought she’d buy Many Feathers Ranch, a sprawling 8,000 square foot abode nestled in a canyon at the base of Taos Ski Valley. In fact, the designer had set off to Taos with a very different property in mind—one similar to her cozy cabin in Topanga, California. But New Mexico is called the “Land of Enchantment,” after all, and that’s exactly what Allegra was. She was enchanted by the river that flowed through the property’s north edge, bordered with boulders smooth enough for sunbathing; by the pond, surrounded with swallows; by the stately willow trees. She was enchanted by the view from the porch, with its open fields, forests, and sunsets.So she bought it. And then the work began.
“There are so many big windows, the natural light shape-shifts each room throughout the day."
The fashion designer likens Many Feathers to her own personal wellness retreat: “I can spend hours just sitting and watching the light play and shimmer on the leaves of the Aspens in the front yard, or lay on the giant sun-warmed bathing rocks at the river’s edge,” she says of the property’s five acres. (Although it feels a lot larger than that: blissfully, the parcel next to her is protected land where no building can be erected.) Right now, Allegra is exploring starting her own flower farm and raising trout