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It was a beautiful place - a stucco white design with large open windows, so you could look out at the beach while you were eating.

Does it mean the windows were all open?
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Seems unlikely. It most probably means that the windows are unobstructed.
New2grammarIt was a beautiful place - a stucco white design with large open windows, so you could look out at the beach while you were eating.

Does it mean the windows were all open?
Thanks.

Sounds strange to me, but that's my understanding.
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Sorry. Mr Wordy but I don't understand the meaning of open here. Are you saying the view is unobstructed, meaning you can see whatever is outside the window?
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New2grammarIt was a beautiful place - a stucco white design with large open windows, so you could look out at the beach while you were eating.

Does it mean the windows were all open?
Thanks.

Sounds strange to me, but that's my understanding.

On second thoughts, it doesn't sound that strange. If this is a hotel/restaurant, maybe the windows were always open at meal times, if the climate allowed. In which case it sounds quite nice. When I first read it I thought it was about a house, and that would seem strange.
I'd say it's ambiguous, but I vote for the "unobstructed" meaning, since the description is of a place, not a specific experience. A specific experience might refer to how lovely it was to have the windows open. Also it refers to what you can SEE, and doesn't mention the ocean breezes, scent of the sea, etc., that would drift into a window that was open in the open/closed sense of the word.
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New2grammarstucco white design
Not to quibble but this sounds better as "white stucco design."
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New2grammarSorry. Mr Wordy but I don't understand the meaning of open here. Are you saying the view is unobstructed, meaning you can see whatever is outside the window?

Well, the view is unobstructed on account of the windows being unobstructed (by walls, other buildings, trees, hedges, banks etc.) It's a similar use of "open" to that in expressions such as "an open outlook", "an open field" etc.

BTW, my thinking is the same as GG's: it seems to be a general description, and a general description is unlikely to say that the windows were open in the sense of "not shut", since at different times they might be either open or shut.
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