Self-sufficiency and modern comfort don't have to conflict, although considering even Felicity Kendal's looks can only hold your attention so long, it does make for much better television. For a Northern Italian getaway where that conflict melts into harmony: Vivere hotel.
A quick walk from Lake Garda, this idyllic retreat is entirely powered by its own solar & geothermal units, and draws the majority of its sustenance from its surrounding vineyards, olive groves, and gardens; far from rustic, the complex appears as a gorgeously minimalist sliver beneath looming mountains, with iron-bound walkways approaching the vines, and a pool sunken into wood decking that one can only pray has remained untouched by planking. Bordered by quite a bit of glass, the rooms are virtually self-sufficient as well, each coming complete with its own living room, kitchen, and gardens (yes, plural), as well as underfloor cooling & heating, free WiFi, and an LCD flatscreen, thus ensuring all the Drunk Girls you bring home have large bosoms. As for the goods growing at your doorstep, these will be presented to you in the form of two different reds (a Merlot and a Trentino), plus honey, and, thanks to a unique & unusually hot micro-climate, some extra virgin already winning awards in its debut year, though it still can't sing "I Dreamed a Dream".
There's no resto onsite (though they will throw together breakfast), but the family running the place also has a pizzeria in the nearby town, and they'll even provide comp bikes to get there, though after all that home-grown wine, your wobbly riding's bound to end your until-very-recently Good Life.