The Studio Inn

Overlooking gorgeous gardens, lush landscapes and the historic village of St. Albans, The Studio Inn and The Gardens at Malmaison event spaces offer outdoor beauty and elegance reminiscent of another age. “It’s like a fairy tale here,” notes owner Datra Herzog.

Located 10 minutes west of Chesterfield, the destination venue boasts two distinctive settings, The Studio Inn and The Gardens at Malmaison, which annually play host to more than 100 private events, including weddings, corporate retreats, birthday and graduation parties, and bridal and baby showers.

Situated against the stunning backdrop of a four-tier waterfall and the Missouri River, The Studio Inn was the storied summer home of Irene Walter Johnson, wife of Oscar Johnson—a co-founder of the International Shoe Company—in the early 1900s. “Many of our guests enjoy the historic aspect of the venue and are intrigued by it,” Herzog notes. Designed by renowned St. Louis Union Station architect Theodore Link, the European-style bed and breakfast inn has six charming bedrooms and an event space to accommodate 140 people. “It gives guests the opportunity to get ready for their event on the property, which is appealing to many bridal parties,” Herzog says. In addition, a new cocktail patio and labyrinth landscape design were recently added to the picturesque location. “It’s an ancient design that is used to give guests a peaceful, serene feeling.”

The Gardens at Malmaison is a lovely outdoor event space overlooking 5,400 acres of St. Albans' valley. “The romance of the gardens is perfect for outdoor weddings, which are trending right now,” Herzog says. Complete with a ceremony area and reception dining and dancing spaces, as well as a bar, wood fire ovens and tenting, the venue is a one-stop destination for weddings with up to 160 guests, she notes. “There is no travel from the ceremony to the reception for guests and no time delays during the wedding.” 

And Herzog, along with event coordinator Sarah Brown and their staff, can accommodate additional function details, including on-site organizers, seating and elaborate meals, as the venue has its own caterer to prepare American cuisine. Other needs, such as flowers, cake or outside event planners, can be contracted out to vendors of the party’s choice.

Whether you are hosting an intimate indoor party or a large outdoor event, Herzog says The Studio Inn and The Gardens at Malmaison can provide a memorable setting filled with historic and country charm. “Many couples tell us they never dreamed their wedding day could be this beautiful.”

ON THE COVER: The Gardens at Malmaison and The Studio Inn at St. Albans offer historic and natural charm for elegant private events. For more information, call 636-458-0131 or visit

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